Living in Bristol provides many wonderful and interesting activities for children to see and do. One activity my little boy particularly enjoys is going to Bristol Old Vic.
You may be worried about your child not being able to sit through a theatre performance; I was before I took my son on his first ever trip to the theatre (he is a wriggly worm at the best of times). But he loves going to Bristol Old Vic and I think it is a great experience for him to enjoy.
So one Summer’s day a few weeks ago, we took a trip to Bristol Old Vic to see ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’: a show containing a variety of Aesop’s Fables. It was an outdoor performance and while basking in the Summer sunlight, we enjoyed fables such as The Hare and the Tortoise, The sun and the Wind, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg and The Three Travellers.
Some of Aesop’s fables are quite dark so it was clever how the performance put the morals across without frightening kids. For example, the ‘sheep’ eaten by the wolf in The Boy who Cried Wolf were giant marshmallows which illustrated the message well while not upsetting the younger audience members. Yet I must confess, even I couldn’t help feeling slightly distressed at the poor goose being ripped apart in The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg!
I loved watching the actor who played the shepherd in the Boy in The Boy Who Cried Wolf Fable; he played the stroppy teenager assigned the task of minding the sheep perfectly. I also enjoyed the bespectacled tortoise in The Hare and The tortoise, she was mesmerizing and very, very funny!
My son giggled throughout and kept turning to me with a big smile on his face, saying ‘They’re being silly, aren’t they Mummy?’! There was humour for the grown-ups, too, and while the sight of the Macbeth-reciting, shortbread-eating Scottish travellers in The Three Travellers may have gone over the heads of the younger audience, it certainly didn’t pass the grown-ups by!
As with other performances we have enjoyed at Bristol Old Vic, props were cleverly used. For example, the Goose in the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg was constructed of kitchen odds and ends such as rubber gloves and wooden spoons!
If you can, I advise you to take your kids to Bristol Old Vic. Watching my little boy in the fits of giggles that The Boy Who Cried Wolf produced was almost as enjoyable as watching the performance itself!
Disclosure: While my son went free as part of a ‘kids go free’ deal that Bristol Old Vic were running at the time, my ticket was gifted to me by Bristol Old Vic. However, my opinions are my own: we loved The Boy Who Cried Wolf!