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Yesterday was our little girl’s 4th birthday. She didn’t want a party this year, so I was really pleased when we were invited to Aladdin, the Pantomime at Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre. I thought this would be a great thing for us to do as a family on her birthday.
Since she didn’t want a party (how is she even my daughter? I always expect an entire weekend of celebrations for my birthday) I had organised a full day of fun, including a playdate with her best friends and finishing off with the Pantomime.
How did I not realise that the pantomime was due to start when she normally goes to bed?! Inevitably, she was exhausted, throwing a massive tantrum before we even left the house. Big mummy fail!
On our way there, I could imagine myself carrying her out of the theatre as she screamed murder and feeling the judgemental look of other people in the audience. I almost practised in my mind an apologetic look in return. What was I doing? Should I cancel? How do you cancel a generous gift like this one?
We decided to stick to our plan and made our way to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, in the hope she would find a new breath of energy with the help of a few sweeties from the snack bar.
Only a couple of minutes before the show was due to start, the theatre lobby was at full capacity with people waiting to get in. We had seats assigned on our tickets so I couldn’t see how the organisers would get everyone seated in the right places on time. After all, it takes me an hour to get my two kids in their car seats before we go anywhere.
But much to my astonishment everyone was led to their places with a smile and we were all primed and ready for the show. You could feel the excitement in the room as the Panto kicked off with amazing stage effects.
We were treated to a stunning performance. Spectacular costumes, charming characters, light effects, and a breath-taking theatre set. But the highlights for me were the young performers who didn’t miss a beat. The Angel of the Ring had us all mesmerised every time she sang. Aladdin could move with ease from one music genre to another and I could easily watch him all day long. Jasmin was suitably gorgeous. Bad guy Abanazarhad an incredible stage presence and Wishee Washee, Aladdin’s brother, stole our hearts.
Mini Mumblers mesmerised
Mini Mumblers during the interim
Amongst the magic, I forgot our birthday girl was tired. Heck, SHE forgot she was tired. The kids were engaged for the entire duration of the show, dancing in their seats to the tunes, shouting at the evil Abanazar, and laughing loud to everything Wishee Washee and his mum, Widow Twankey said.
So if you do anything this Christmas, it has to be watching Aladdin the Panto at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. Expect everyone in the family to laugh and sing to the amazing tunes. There’s even the odd ‘adult’ joke to keep everyone amused. Nothing that little ears shouldn’t hear though.
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If you’d like to know more about the show, please read here.
Although we had press tickets for this amazing show, everything I’ve written here is my honest opinion. No amount of gorgeous outfits and catchy songs would make me lie to you. Promise.