Grove Theatre, Dunstable
4pm, 12 February 2016
Following on from the success of The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs and the Elves and the Shoemaker, the latest children’s ballet from the Northern Ballet Theatre is just as ace as the others!
They have really mastered the art of ballet for youngsters depicting familiar stories with humour, colour and mischievous fun.
In the latest production, as the tortoise moves steadily onwards, the hare is distracted by super sweet honey, a squirrel playing football with acorns and a mesmerisingly beautiful butterfly – all of which the tortoise ignores, his eyes firmly on the prize.
But the hare’s downfall proves to be some rather large carrots as he is seduced by them just before the finish line, and falls fast asleep. The tortoise obviously wins – shock twists would be too much for young children I think!
I loved the child behind me asking if the carrots were real and when told no, questioned why he was eating them then! Obviously not mastered the suspension of disbelief quite yet! So imagine what would have happened if the hare had won. Too much!
Once again this is a lovely 45 minutes or so in the theatre, giving children a wonderful introduction to ballet and the inspiration to try it when they get home – or in the car park! There’s certainly been a lot of hilarity in our house as we both try to recreate the tortoises moves – probably a bit too much fun if truth be told.
Apparently next year it’s Goldilocks – we can’t wait!
Running time: About 45 minutes.
Age range: 3+ I would say.
Other stuff: Free programme!