I can’t believe Christmas is over! Can you? How was it? I’m sure everyone has had a lovely Christmas, especially the children.
Anyway, as mentioned on the 23rd we caught a short-train ride to London to watch Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman. For those who aren’t familiar with this lovely children’s story – it’s about a boy who builds a Snowman which magically comes into life. They then embark on a lovely fun adventure which includes flying over hills and ocean, then the Snowman takes the little boy to meet his other Snowmen friends, have a party with Father Christmas before taking him back home. In the morning, he wakes up and finds that the snow man has melted.
Here in the UK, they show the animated film when it’s nearing Christmas and usually repeat it either on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day. This year, we decided that Little T was old enough to be taken to the theatre.
And since we were spending Christmas with my in-laws who live just outside London, it was the perfect excuse to go to the capital. We decided a matinée would be perfect.
To be honest, Little T wasn’t really that excited. I guess in her young mind, she probably thought that we were just going to see The Snow Man on the big screen. Since we arrived early, we decided to kill some time at the nearby Waterstones. And their she saw “The Snow Man and the Snow Dog” (sequel to the Snowman story) soft-toy and book which she’s been wanting to have for the longest time, and to which we kept saying NO. She already has the book you see, and we just thought that it was a waste of money to buy the book again just because it came with a toy. Why couldn’t they just sell the soft-toy separately? This time though, her grandfather gave her some pocket-money to spend and by this time, we’ve run out of excuses to say no. So yes, she came away with a snow-dog too.
How can you say no to that face? Actually we do, loads of times. The trick is to say it without looking at her. If you steal a glance, you will lose. Little T can hypnotize you into saying “yes”, just don’t look and you’ll be fine.
Then it was time to go in. There were of course, loads of children, even younger than little T. It was actually like a children’s party in the theatre.
Like I mentioned earlier, little T was probably expecting to see the big screen come to life, she didn’t expect though to see characters “live”, her face lit up and broke into the most beautiful smile you’ve ever seen. And the husband and I agreed that it was so worth braving the cold and Christmas crowd in the capital. It was also at this point where we both decided to add this to our Christmas family tradition, go to the theatre and watch a show.
Before intermission broke out, the famous flying scene happened. I swear all the children had their mouths open and everyone heard a collective gasp. It was brilliant!
While eating her ice-cream, I asked little T “Do you think it was magic that made the Snowman and the little boy fly?” In between scoops she said matter-of-factly “No mum. They both had strings on their backs” (She meant wires of course). I replied, “It’s magic T!”. She repeated firmly “No mum. It was string“. End of story. Before I could convince her otherwise, it was time for the second half of the show.
We actually expected the second half to be shorter. It wasn’t. There were lovely dance scenes between the Snow men, the Ice-Queen and even Jack Frost had a guest appearance, even though they (Ice Queen and Jack Frost) were not in the original Raymond Birggs’ story – it was still lovely. However, not-so for the little ones, it was just a wee-bit-too-long. I think the show would’ve been better if it was just a bit shorter, otherwise, it was fantastic! Great show, good cast, even loved the additional characters like the Snow Queen and of course, the effects was just fab. And at the end of the show, snow actually fell all over the theatre, the kids loved it!
especially this kid.
Then out the theatre doors we went, into the maddening London Christmas crowd.
What about you?
Did you see any Christmas show over the holidays?