Sometimes it’s the little things that make the best memories with the children. Yes, the milestones like walking and talking are great, but on occasions, something will take you by surprise and you’ll cherish the memory for a long time.
For me, taking my son to the theatre for the first time is a real stand out. I’ve been lucky enough to go to the theatre a lot since my childhood, with the lovely Connaught Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre nearby. In fact, my husband and I worked out that we both (separately) went to see Sooty at the end of Worthing Pier, perhaps we even sat next to each other?!
The first show I took my son to was Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, which is a combination of Julia Donaldson stories with added songs, dancing and props. It was an absolutely fantastic show and my son loved it so much that he refused to leave, as he wanted to watch it again!
I jumped at the chance to be able to take my daughter to see the same show, this time at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, and be able to make some new memories with her. As I expected, she loved the show too and we both had a great time. It was really nice to have just me and her time, although we’ve been to the theatre before it’s always been the four of us, so there were lots of mummy cuddles going on.
There is still chance to catch this amazing show in Oxford, Stoke and Birmingham.
It was my second time at the Theatre Royal within a week. I took my husband and son along to their open day the week before which is part of their amazing programme of community events. It was really interesting to see behind the scenes, plus on, underneath and looking down on the stage! It gives you real perspective being up high and looking down at where the audience would sit (and where we have sat many times). There were some fun craft activities for the children to do, plus a ghost story! It was amazing to see all some of the old parts of the theatre in situ, like the Victorian pump for pumping out floodwater and old show posters on the wall.
The theatre holds a special place in my heart, and I will gladly go and watch as many shows as I can take my children to!