We went out, as a family, to Oxford and saw a production called ‘Under the Floorboards’ by Ballet Lorent. It’s a show for the under 5’s and certainly had a magical effect on Jude (not yet two) who, overtired, had been crying for the last half hour or more. The instant the show began he was transfixed.
Dancers, as toys, appeared as if from nowhere, music played and a story told without being too precious or heavy handed. What made it even better was that the children in the audience were allowed to mingle with the action on stage. At the very end, when the dancers had vanished and the main character was left holding dolls that represented them it felt as if we’d all been under a spell.