ONE might have thought that the people of Birmingham would have been fed up of snow after the recent Arctic weather but it didn’t stop them turning out in force for the return of The Snowman to Birmingham Rep.
This award-winning live adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale is a joy to behold and is well on the way to becoming one of those timeless classics that surfaces every year.
Birmingham Rep has plenty to be proud of – it created this version that has played in the West End and packs them in at theatres up and down the country.
Having seen it at least three times I have to confess I still enjoy it.
I feared my six going on seven and seven going on eight-year-old youngsters might be getting too old for it but they seemed to enjoy it more than ever.
At its heart is its simplicity. This dance driven musical has no words and few songs for that matter, with the exception of a few Christmas carols and the oh so familiar “Walking in the Air”.
Its success depends on stylish but simple choreography, with a strong emphasis on mime that verges on the slapstick on occasion, along with brilliantly designed sets and costumes.
This latest version seemed even slicker and sharper than on previous occasions and literally lifts off when The Snowman and the little boy who made him take to the air.
My increasingly streetwise children might have spotted the wires but it did little to detract from a fabulous show that seems to get better with age.
Until January 31