Thursday, 20 December 2012

A Christmas play


Image: Matt Collins

When I was small we went to the theatre every year around Christmas. My parents felt strongly it was an essential part of the festivities and, although my brother and I would resist, the minute those house lights went down and the play began we were captivated. My kids are no different. Bristol Old Vic sent us tickets for their latest show, Hey Diddle Diddle. Designed for young audiences (3-6 years old), the show is a performed by just three actors all of whom act, dance, sing and play various musical instruments. As well as the eponymous nursery rhyme, many more classics are included but interpreted beautifully and naturally.

The kids were mesmerised, especially T whose face was a picture - all anticipation and delight. I won't spoil all the surprises as its definitely worth a trip but I will say that my favourite moment was the Owl and the Pussycat - fur coats, face paint and piano accordion. Magic.

Hey Diddle Diddle is on at Bristol Old Vic until 5 January 2013 - find out more.

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