I had forgotten how fantastic Pantomime was, until my son Professional Freerunner Connor Stringer, invited us (his family) down to watch him perform at the Bournemouth Pavilion in Peter Pan, where he is starring as one of Captain Hooks Pirates.
It was a fun family road-trip and one which resulted in us seeing our son on stage in a theatre show for the first time. The production was small but well put together. The songs a mix of old and new including ‘Step in Time’ from Mary Poppins, to the casts version of Pharrells ‘Happy.’
Pantomime has been around for such a long time, I forgot how clever it actually was, how loud it is and the interactive nature it holds, as I observed the school children in the stalls join in with the songs but one thing became abundantly clear during the afternoon they didn’t seem to know about:
It’s Behind You!
This interested my husband and I so much as we engaged but the children needed a touch of prompting to shout out Pantomimes most favourite saying ever…
With a sprinkling of X-Factor and a bit of on stage banter. Smee quickly became my favourite character. Although of course my son as a pirate stole my heart during the show. Especially when I was able to see him sword fighting on stage – as a mother it brought to life a five year old son with plastic sword stuck in belt, sword fighting with whomever would give him the opportunity and had me squealing out loud with joy and pleasure at him being able to connect with this small part of his childhood.
The slapstick routine all the pirates performed with trampett, crash mat and gymnastics horse in the second act, was full of energy and vigor considering it lasted 8 minutes. They made me feel tired just watching them but proud – yes oh so proud.
From start to finish, this production of Peter Pan readily rolled from one beautifully painted scene to the next and we made sure we shouted out and participated in the experience to get the most out of our visit. I had forgotten how beneficial and important this kind of play is to our society but am so glad that I was reminded on this visit.
Bournemouth turned out to be the perfect sparkling backdrop for our little family of four. Our very own version of Christmas Day was played out from seafront to Slug and Lettuce Pub. This may not have been December the 25th but for us – it became Christmas.
Does christmas always have to come at this time of year. What do you do which is a little different?
I’d love to know your thoughts…