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    Theatre Review: Little Gift – M6 Theatre at Birmingham REP

    This is a press review of the 11.30am performance of Little Gift at The Birmingham REP on 23 February 2019.

    If you read my February children’s theatre post, you’ll know I was particularly excited about seeing Little Gift, the latest touring production from M6 Theatre, performed by Guy Hargreaves, someone I’d had the privilege of working with many years ago through the National Youth Theatre. Sometimes, I can get an idea in my head of what a theatre production might be like before I go (rightly or wrongly), and it can often set me up for a fall – anticipating the show to be one thing, when the reality is quite different. Not this time. read more

    Aged 2+, Culture, Days Out, Parenting, Reviews
    / February 24, 2019
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    Theatre Review: Kite – The Wrong Crowd at Warwick Arts Centre

    When I heard about The Wrong Crowd‘s production Kite, I loved the idea of a theatre show for children without words. Some of my favourite productions I’ve seen aimed at younger audiences have had little language – so I know the idea works well. Sadly, Pickle and I weren’t able to attend this particular run at Warwick Arts Centre, but my two foster brothers and my Dad were. They joined a varied audience ranging upwards from about four years old on Monday 18 February, and I caught up with them afterwards to hear all about it.

    My foster brothers are aged twelve and ten, and it sounds like they were completely won over by the performance. In typical pre-teen grumpiness, the youngest wasn’t sure what to expect and trudged into the Arts Centre determined that he wasn’t going to like it… but when I spoke to him about it afterwards, you’d have never have guessed he had any kind of reservations! read more

    Culture, Days Out, Parenting, Reviews
    / February 19, 2019
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    Theatre Review: Snow Mouse – Travelling Light at Warwick Arts Centre

    Going to the theatre means different things to different people. For me? I like to be charmed. I like productions that are warm, and charismatic, that have me falling in love with characters, places, stories or, well, anything. I like to feel like I’m stepping into a different world – where anything is possible. When Pickle and I walked into the Helen Martin Studio at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday for their festive offering of Snow Mouse, I immediately had a good feeling about the show – the studio is completely decked out as a snowy wonderland, with white pom-pom trees, speckled with hints of pink and blue, fairy lights, soft plush cushions and even long white snow-like benches. It must have been really breath-taking as it completely stopped Pickle mid-cry after a bit of a tantrum sparked by having to leave his wellies outside. Boy, does this kid love his wellies.

    Culture, Parenting
    / December 2, 2017
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    What’s On: Christmas Theatre for Children in the West Midlands

    After getting my tickets sorted for The Snowman at Coventry Cathedral, I’ve scoured the programmes from other West Midlands arts venues to see what Christmas shows/events are not to missed this winter. What better way to get into the festive spirit than enjoying a bit of culture and allow yourself to get wrapped up in the magic? I’ve picked my favourites featuring shows from mac Birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre, and Artrix.

    Culture, Parenting
    / October 24, 2017
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    Paw Patrol, Tidy Lounges and Exciting Emails #LittleLoves

    I hadn’t planned on writing this post, but I had a pang of guilt that I’d not written a #LittleLoves round up for ages whilst making myself a cuppa this morning and figured if I really put my mind to it, I could get it written in super quick speed. I’ve let Pickle entertain himself in front of Paw Patrol, practicing putting on his own wellies (his latest trick). I’m really enjoying the fact he doesn’t need such close supervision anymore – maybe that’s why it’s a bit easier to keep the place tidy now?

    #LittleLoves, Parenting
    / October 6, 2017
  • The Snowman is coming to Coventry Cathedral

    There are a few things that immediately put you in the mood for Christmas, aren’t there? (I know, it’s only September, but I’m ridiculously excited about Christmas this year and I’m already on the countdown… never before have I had this much festive excitement!) For me, it’s mulled wine, fresh pyjamas and Michael Buble. As soon as the brochures for our local arts venues dropped through the letterbox, I was excitedly turning the pages to see what family-friendly shows might take our fancy this winter, but little did I know, that a pretty unique screening would be taking place nearby somewhere where I wouldn’t have thought to look… and whilst Buble’s Christmas album is pretty magical, it isn’t half as Christmas-joy inducing as the music fromĀ The Snowman.

    Culture, Parenting
    / September 21, 2017