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Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
£8 (all tickets)
Sun, 1pm & 3:30pm, Approx. 60 minutes
3 years to 6 years
Presented by Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal
Fly into a fantastical world of adventure, where time stands still and the impossible seems possible. If you close your eyes and believe, then you really can make anything happen. A sparkling new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic!
Presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Samuel French Limited.
CREATE YOUR OWN MAGICAL MOON 2-3pm
Free to Underneath a Magical Moon ticket holders (subject to availability)
Help The Lost Boys battle the villainous Captain Hook in this drama based workshop where you'll create a world of pirates, mermaids and tick-tocking crocodiles.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
We were invited by Lakeside Arts to see Underneath a Magical Moon, on Sunday 23rd October 2016. Our four and a half year-old reviewer fitted the 3-6 age advisory perfectly.
This was an energetic re-telling of Peter Pan, set in an ordinary back garden. Three siblings introduced themselves; John, Michael and Wendy, camping out for the night, excited, winding each other up and not getting very much sleep. When Wendy started to read the story of Peter Pan to calm her brothers, all three joined in with props, characters, musical instruments, comic tumbling and an enormous sense of fun.
This set-up offered reassurance to the audience – we knew these three were playing and that no-one was really fighting to the death, being poisoned or eaten. The traditional elements were present - their Dad's dressing gown for Captain Hook, Tinkerbell fading then revived - but lightly worn, as the players flitted between enacting scenes and their sleepless garden adventure.
How closely the full story is followed will depend on the child but the basics of Peter and the lost boys as good, Wendy playing mother, mermaids vain and mischievous, Hook as baddy and the crocodile eating him up, were easily grasped.
The poignancy of Wendy's approaching adulthood and the boys' fear of her imagination and empathy closing in, shone through, to an adult viewer. Is it possible that the children's mother, indoors, apparently uninterested in adventures, still believed in letting imaginations run free too?
Our favourite bits? “The clockodile made from rakes” and, for me, the sleeping-bag mermaids, cleverly done and very silly. The performers' musical versatility impressed and was nicely woven into the storytelling. This production was whimsical, musical, physical and very funny.
Lakeside Arts ran a ‘Create Your Own Magical Moon' workshop between performances, where children were encouraged to perform roles from the play, complete with sets and costumes. Fairies, pirates, mermaids and princesses abounded and, though not necessarily at the appointed moment, it was clear that everyone wanted to take part in an adventure.
FD and CG for Mumsnet Nottingham
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