Christmas for us always starts at the theatre, and this year Erin and I were delighted to be invited to see Pinnochio at The Old Rep Theatre Birmingham. Each year the Old Rep put on a Christmas show and this year it was Pinnochio. Before attending I couldn’t remember the whole tale so it was wonderful to be reacquainted with this classic.
This adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale follows an inquisitive young puppet, carved from wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, on a mischievous journey to discover what it takes to become a real boy.
Erin and I headed up to Birmingham on the train, determined to make a day of it. We met up with our lovely friends Donna and Laila from Little Lilypad and spotted some other bloggy friends before the show started.
The Old Rep Theatre is rather special, as it is an iconic venue that occupies a unique place in theatre history as Britain’s first purpose-built repertory theatre. Opened in 1913, The Old Rep was the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Company led by Sir Barry Jackson and now it is a young people driven theatre situated on Station Street in the centre of Birmingham. They present a year-round programme of theatre, dance, comedy, musicals and creative workshops.
Pinocchio was a riot of colour, dance and movement and the cast were engaging, Erin was quickly drawn into the story as it unfolded before our eyes. Lasting 1hour 30mins Pinnochio ensures that this is a fantastic introduction to the theatre for young visitors. The cast captivated young and old alike as we watched to see whether the puppet would indeed become a real boy. The story is rather dark in places and near the end as the inevitable happened there was a quietness that swept across the audience and I could see a number of children visibly worried that Pinnochio would not wake up. Their relief was tangible when he did – as those that know the story will remember.
Once we had watched the stage performance we were lucky enough to be invited back to meet that characters and Erin really enjoyed this. Taking children to the theatre is a magical experience and each time I say that we will head back soon. Erin loves seeing her favourite stories bought to life and I know as a qualified English teacher that children who regularly attend the theatre take with them a love of stories and this often replicates itself in their own writing.
After the show we headed into the Bullring and Grand Central to soak up the early Christmas atmosphere. It was a lovely girls day out whilst the boys were at the football. Hopefully we will be back soon!
Pinnochio is showing at The Old Rep Theatre until the end of December with tickets from
Stalls Tickets £19.00 (Conc £17.80)*
Balcony Tickets £16.00 (Conc £14.80)*
Schools & Groups £9.90
*Price includes £1 restoration levy
If you haven’t booked a Christmas show yet then we thoroughly recommend a visit to see Pinnochio.