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Rugrats herald the arrival of Nappy Power for gleeful toddlers.

Byline: Alf Bennett

I'VE never been body-searched at a children's show before - but I was as I went to see Rugrats last week.

I clung grimly onto my pencil but it wasn't that they were after. Apparently Rugrats get their comfort blankets in a twist over illicit cameras.

The first thing to say about this show is that the vast cavern of the NEC Arena is not the place to stage it.

The auditorium was less than half-full for an entertainment which would be much more at home in a smaller venue. That said, the performers did their best to overcome that obstacle.

A trio of singers whipped up the young audience's interest before the arrival on stage of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil and Susie.

Rugrats are massively popular stars of children's TV but the big question was: How well could they transfer to the live stage?

The answer is pretty well - thanks to colourful costumes and foam heads and bodies.

The story involved baby Tommy inventing a "people-ator" to stop wimpish Chuckie being frightened of everything.

Unfortunately that rascal Angelica comes along to steal it and the rest of the show passes with Chuckie trying to get it back and prove in the process that he is not such a wet lettuce.

At one point, a pack of very small children were dancing deliriously in the aisles and at the front of the auditorium. Nappy Power - it had to happen.

Alf Bennett

Did your youngsters rave with the Rugrats? Did the show transfer comfortably to the stage? Write and tell us what you thought of the show at Talk About,

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Date:Dec 5, 1999
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