Review: Family Theatre at Lakeside Arts Centre – A Christmas Carol

a christmas carol

Spending time together as a family is often hard to fit in, even though we all know how important it is. For various reasons, we’ve made this quite a high priority this year, and try to do something together once a weekend. As a blogger we are lucky enough to be invited to lots of wonderful events which give the family some lovely opportunities together. Yesterday was one such day when we went to see a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lakeside in Nottingham.

Lakeside Arts Centre is the University of Nottingham’s unique public arts centre and museum presenting an eclectic mix of dance, music, theatre and family events all year round. I was involved in a project there last year where bloggers came together to help create a window in the Luminarium for Save the Children. Yesterday was all about theatre though.

The girls are exhausted after a busy 8 week half term and my decision to go and see ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the end of term may have been an ill-informed one, but I knew the show was only an hour-long so hoped we’d make it in one piece. That’s the lovely thing about family productions at Lakeside, they are just the right length so suitable for all ages.

From the moment we walked into the theatre we were all enthralled. The set, a traditional living room decorated for Christmas gained the children’s attention straight away and the 3 actors bounced their way in capturing our imagination right from the beginning. A modern retelling of the classic Dickens tale began with 3 adult siblings coming together to share Christmas in their Aunt’s old and traditional cottage. When the electricity fails they start telling Christmas stories to entertain themselves, and to cheer up the more miserable of the group, the brother Andrew.

Right from the start you knew you were going to love this show. Full of energy, comedy, music and dance the performance really packed a punch. The children were entranced and Miss E laughed and giggled her way through it all. The three actors were very talented; our favourite part included James, played by Matthew Bloxham acting out the 8 different characters of the Cratchit family. We heard other families talking about this in the cafe afterwards too.

Throughout the performance the pace didn’t let up, and the hour just whizzed by. Both girls watched uninterrupted, clapping and joining in fully engaged. There was plenty for adults too. The language and some jokes meant the oldies were entertained alongside the children. I thoroughly enjoyed it all! As a family it was a wonderful experience and festive day out, sparking discussion about how we should think of others and not just ourselves at Christmas. Really well done, everyone involved.

The trailer gives you a lovely insight into the show.

There are a few performances still remaining and tickets are available if you are local to Nottingham. You can book online at the Lakeside Arts website with tickets costing just £8.50 each. After your show, like us you might like half an hour in the lovely cafe, take a stroll around the lake or play in the park. If you have missed this show, there are lots more coming up in the New Year, for families and adults alike so do check out the website for further details.

 

Thank you to Lakeside for our complimentary family tickets. All comments and opinions are honest, genuine and my own.

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