by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
The Snow Dragon at Birmingham Hippodrome
The Snow Dragon has landed in The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 7th January and it’s a great alternative to panto for a younger audience.
Billy is a young billy goat, who on the face of it, is a great son to his Mum and Dad. Every New Year’s Eve, Billy has to go to the wood to get a bag of berries to leave out for the Snow Dragon in exchange for a present.
However Billy doesn’t really know how to play nicely with the other children in the area, Spike, the hedgehog (Who isn’t hibernating for some reason) and Rosie, the pig are both also collecting items for new year’s eve too. He spots the chance to bump up his reputation with the Snow Dragon by “borrowing” their bags of goodies.
Told in a very straight forward style, this is great children’s physical theatre, Danny Hendrix is as fresh, fun and friendly as Billy the billy goat as you’d expect a kids tv presenter to be, Amy Harris as Mum and Rosie the pig and Glyn Williams as Dad and Spike the hedgehog are both great as they introduce the show and get the plot moving along at a fair old pace.
Singing, dancing and getting the audience to shout things out are regular staples of Christmas and the audience is invited to get involved pretty much from the start. This is a warm, fun and relaxing production with gentle humour and a lot to say for itself. It’s a single 55 minute performance which has lessons on understanding others, being kind and listening to what is going on around you.
If you have kids between the ages of three or four and seven or eight you won’t go far wrong taking them to see this.
Treat your small to medium sized kids to a visit to The Snow Dragon until January 7th in the Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets are here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/tall-stories-the-snow-dragon
I was invited to see The Snow Dragon by the lovely team at Birmingham Hippodrome and was expected to give an honest view. I’ve not paid for tickets and this isn’t a sponsored post.