Group 13 have created a colourful and playful time-capsule which celebrates the small pleasures in life, and paints a partly auto-biographical glimpse into their childhoods in the 90’s. Although thematically, they fall into the paint pot of recycled material, they creatively interpret the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ innovatively, and create an artistic and entertaining show offering something for adults and children alike. Featuring the Spice Girls, Jelly Shoes, inflatable arm-chairs and a disco ball, they are perhaps just a Furbie short of capturing the spirit of childhood innocence in a time infected by ‘Girl-Power’.
The show was heavily reliant on props and the set, but they made excellent use of these resources which were integral to the show, rather than unnecessary paraphernalia. The trio acted as tools for object manipulation, and the possessions were fetishized, just as the Spice Girls are idolised, and the audience patronised. At face value, the show doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously as a light-hearted parody of itself and the era it portrays, however, it struggled to fully leave the region of contrived stereotype and at times I thought that if Blue Peter did theatre, then ‘Colour me Happy’ was the one they did earlier.