This morning we all legged it through St Stephens Shopping centre in true ninja style, in order to make it on time for Hull Trucks latest family show – “The Ugly Duckling: Christmas Special“. It is a festive production dedicated to under 7’s and their families, and is a reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale.
The story is about being an “ugly duckling” and not a swan and the small cast of 3 (Sophie Clay, Sophie Mercell and Phoebe Vigor) did a wonderful job of portraying the journey of 2 mischievous baby swans, enrolled in “swan school”, where all cygnets are told the story of The Ugly Duckling. The Swan School teaches the young to grow up quickly, act gracefully and to put away “duckling behaviours”… but what is missed along the way?
This cute little story teaches us the importance of living in the moment and embracing childhood and life. They captured the kids attention, had many laughs from the audience and told us a lovely tale of 2 friends. It is a story that takes on childhood beauty, is playful and poignant, and, whilst my kids took a while to figure out why “2 people were acting like birds” – they were soon engrossed and laughed along at their antics.
The theatre is one of my favourite things to do – one of my happy places, and I especially love when I can share these experiences with my kids and family. I love to see them taking it all in and fixated on the lightening, or curious about the environment and actors. I enjoy when they ask lots of questions and we can discuss what they have just seen, and whilst Ethan and Megan didn’t completely get this one (I think they were a little old for it) they did have a great time and found comedy in it and awe about certain aspects. They took away favourite parts from it and the general joy of being in the theatre as a family. Alice however was pretty much fixated on the whole thing and seemed to enjoy the experience too, which was lovely as I think it is only her 2nd time to the theatre.
Overall it was just long enough for little ones, and funny enough and heartwarming that adults likes it too. We had a lovely time together and it was a lovely start to our weekend.
The Ugly Duckling: Christmas Special will run at Hull Truck Theatre until Saturday 5 January 2019, it is only about an hour long, and is pretty cute and fun for little ones. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions), so if you would like to book tickets for The Ugly Duckling: Christmas Special call the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office on 01482 323638.
*Many thanks to Hull truck for inviting us to see this in return for a review – it was great!