It’s Pantomime season!
I’m devoting December and January’s round-ups to Christmas shows. There’s so much on offer at this time of year, to lovers and haters of panto alike. Cogito Ergo Mum went along to a local am-dram panto, and was won over by the sheer beauty of its naffness. It is one of our most enduring British traditions, after all. MumofThree World has worked very hard as a Panto Mum, ferrying her daughter to rehearsals and back. She’s posted about the experience a few times on her blog, including here, where her daughter explains in her own words what it’s like to rehearse for Cinderella.
And if all that’s made you hanker after a good old-fashioned session of booing and hissing, check out my guide to London pantomimes over on the Pigeon Pair and Me.
Pantomime may not be your thing. Or perhaps you want a different type of Chrismtas show for a change. Plenty have been reiewed by bloggers. Bubbablue and Me was tempted by Paddington’s First Concert at Warwick Arts Centre when she heard that Simon Callow would be narrating. Mummy is a Gadget Geek was enthralled by Scamp Theatre’s Stick Man, which is a family favourite of ours. Maidenhead Mum went to see Peppa Pig Live, and Mum Friendly caught Annie the Musical when it arrived at the New Wimbledon Theatre on its UK tour.
The Christmas fare continues. Fashion Mommy was enchanted by the Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome. Theatre, Books and Movies finally got round to seeing The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells – and was blown away by it. Over at the Pigeon Pair and Me, I took my son to see The Railway Children at Kings Cross Theatre, and was surprised at how a performance involving a real-live steam train can be subtle and deep as well as staggeringly dramatic. But the biggest show-stopper this season has to be The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Lyric in London’s West End. It’s been reviewed favourably by Globalmouse Travels, And the the Fun Began, AND The Joy of Five. A sure-fire sign that it’ll be a winner with festive family audiences.
There are film/books-based shows and experiences on offer, too. My Family Fever went on a ride on the Polar Express (from the film of the same name) on the Dartmoor railway. And Emmy’s Mummy had a festive night out at Hogwarts in the Snow.
Finally: if you’re looking for a quiet night at home instead of heading out to a show, we have a couple of recommendations from bloggers. Twin Mummy and Daddy read Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s The Jolly Postman, which has a Christmas version available. And 38 to 39 enjoyed Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
A big thank-you to everyone who sent me arts and culture posts this month. I was inundated with interesting, top-quality material, which is why I decided to narrow down the focus to shows (and a couple of books). Don’t forget that Kara Guppy is the new BritMums editor for Family Days Out, so if your post fits that description, do drop her a line.
Next month I’ll cover all the shows you didn’t get a chance to write about in time for this month’s round-up, so please keep emailing and tweeting me your links. And feel free to post any general arts and culture posts – museums, historical trips, art galleries, any shows or books I’ve missed – into the comments below.