On October 12, I am taking my daughter Liv to her first ballet. Why? Well partly because I think she will be mesmerised by the dancers, secondly because I would love for her to become a ballet fan when she’s older (with the odd spare ticket of course), and finally because no adult in their right mind would accompany me to a dark theatre full of overly-excited, nattering, squealing children in the middle of the October school holiday. So we are all booked in and counting down the days until our little adventure.
The show, The Fantasy Traveller, is targeted towards children of four years and above and promises to be bonkers and fanciful enough to hold Liv’s attention for its hour-long duration; well here’s hoping! It is written by Shane Brox, the Canadian-Danish author and designer who is best known for his award-winning TV series Shane’s World. You might know the one – it’s the programme with the guy telling stories in his workshop and crafting the characters out of odds and ends salvaged from the recycling bin. But as well as appearing on DR’s children’s hour, Brox is a bona fide designer. He trained at Kolding Design School and has a stint at Levis and a commission from Royal Copenhagen under his belt. I’m excited to see how his creativity unfolds on stage.