BASED on Judith Kerr's eponymous book that has been a staple for young children since 1968 (almost 50 years), this 55-minute play with music was delightful.

While the book is short and sweet and features a tiger coming into a house and eating the edible contents of a kitchen, David Wood's adaption and direction stretches the action and incorporates sing-along songs, jokes and lots of educational participation in the form of fun.

The acid test was my 15-month granddaughter who was transfixed from the first song to the final "good-byes".

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The three actors Abbey Norman (Sophie), Ashley Tucker (Mummy) and Harry Howle (Daddy/Milkman/Postman/Tiger) are superb and the whole set up reminded me of those exciting Playschool television days of yore.

Sophie is of underschool age and from the time she, her mam and dad have breakfast at 8am one magical morning, we collectively count the clock ticking across the hours. There are knocks on the door and we see daddy who forgot his keys then the silly milkman and then the postman, who delivers a kitten for Sophie.

This sets the action up for a knock on the door when there is no-one there. Obviously the boys and girls see the tiger and the wonderful panto moment of "it's behind you" was shared by a full house of screaming kids.

The tiger eats all the tea-time sandwiches, biscuits and buns, then polishes off the contents of the fridge and larder before drinking all the water and beer in the house. His burp garnered loud laughter.

Catchy songs, dances, colour and lashings of fun made this a very memorable tea time.

Ed Waugh