Demon Dentist Review – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Demon Dentist
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This is our review of Demon Dentist at Liverpool‘s Empire Theatre!

Description Of Demon Dentist

Come and join Alfie and Gabz on a fabulous adventure. So, Alfie and Gabz are investigating the strange events happening in their home city! Now, children are leaving their teeth to the tooth fairy. But they’re waking up and finding odd things under their pillows! Alfie and Gabz want to get to the bottom of the mystery. But nobody can believe what they will discover when they meet the demon dentist herself! David Walliams, the writer of Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy, also wrote this book which is now an exclusive stage show!

Analysis Of Demon Dentist

This was an interesting show to watch. I feel it’s intended for a particular audience, but I wasn’t sure what that particular audience was. The kids and families in attendance enjoyed the show, but not as much as they perhaps hoped for. I would put that down to a lack of genuine comedy moments in the first half, where few amusing incidents occurred. By far the funniest scene involved the shopkeeper Raj at the start of the second act. Had the story included more scenes as rib-tickling as this, the overall production would have worked better.

There were still fun moments, between the zany plot, the authentic sets, and the occasional scary shock! But it felt like a show which incorporated unnecessary elements that didn’t really work. For instance, for a seemingly light-hearted tale, Alfie seemed to have to endure a lot of heartache. And the final scene involved a random plot twist that, whilst nice, didn’t really click with the main story. This isn’t to say that this is a bad show (the performances are very good by all). It was just … strange.

Summary Of Demon Dentist

In closing, this is a show that is worth a look, but only if you manage your expectations. Of the David Walliams shows, this is probably the weakest from a storytelling perspective. But it’s still entertaining enough, and for kids in the 9-12 age range, this will be a lot of fun.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Okay