So……this weeks shop is a tad fragmented but…… boy are we glad it was. Firstly it was a trip to Highworth Market with a total spend of £24.50. Then a chicken and some yogurt from the butchers / deli in Lechlade. Then it was a few extra bits from Millets after a meet up with some friends. It was just before we did our shopping that we made a fabulous discovery!
What did we discover……… well……..Becksie was DELIGHTED to discover a FREE pop up theatre tent for children! Now….. Becksie and Ian have always loved the theatre and are both really really lucky that they grew up in families that took them as small people to lots of theatre shows. Ian likes the theatre so much that….. he even studied Theatre Arts at University. Becksie and Ian love all kinds of theatre and since having Lizzie have really missed what was a VERY regular habit.
We have in our time seen some truly FABULOUS AMAZING WONDERFUL theatre that has transported us to different worlds (we have also to be fair seen some pretty dire productions that have had us falling asleep in our chairs – Dracula at Derby Playhouse on a £4 ticket in our student days is a particular shocker that still makes our eyes close at the thought of it). Both Ian and Becksie adore musicals and have been known to try to see new musicals in the week they are first shown. Theatre is what Ian and Becksie would chose to spend their money on over fancy cars, dream holidays and designer ‘stuff’. So as you can imagine, the fact that our small person is currently to wee to hit the West End is a tough thing. We have even argued about what Lizzie’s first West End production should be. We are both really excited to take her to her first production and she will have a fancy dress, a posh ice cream and definitely a programme and a go with the binoculars (yes we really are excited about this day). So…… imagine Becksie’s delight when just before popping into get our food shopping we spot a large tent that says ‘ Oxford Playhouse’ Plays out! Yes that right folks we stumbled upon a FREE theatre production for small people.
Now Ian and Becksie used to regularly visit Oxford Playhouse and would often after work chance our luck on some cheap tickets and have a quick tea and a spur of the moment theatre trip. We were also vaguely aware of the concept of the Playhouse ‘playing out’ but….. we had never been fortunate enough to see any of the productions. That is until today (now you wouldn’t get that at Sainsbury’s would you?).
The tent is almost like being in a dream with artwork by Anna Bruder. The set is totally absolutely wonderful and fantastic and upon entering the tent Lizzie (and Becksie) were absolutely enthralled. So…….. the production began and Becksie realised with pride that this was Lizzie Pugh’s first ever taste of theatre. The production was all about tea time and two character’s adventures along the way. It was well scripted with a great humorous twist for adults. The two characters were acted to an EXTREMELY high standard and we stood and watched and we both laughed.
In what seemed like no time at all the play was over and Lizzie was clapping frantically. It was at this point Becksie looked at the time and was really shocked to see that the play had lasted an hour. This means that she had stood holding Lizzie on her hip for one hour (Lizzie is heavy at the best of times) and even more incredible than that was that Lizzie at 14 months had watched her very first play which had kept her attention for a whole hour (those of you with very small people or who have had experience of very small people will know this is no mean feat). To say 2/3rds of Team Pugh are impressed is an understatement. And…… did we mention this was FREE! FREE that’s right no money, not a penny! We can highly recommend it and would like to congratulate Oxford Playhouse on a brilliant idea, a fabulous set, wonderful acting, directing, costumes and props. Thank you.
The good news is there is more productions happening and more information can be found here. Oh and……this weeks shopping cost a total of £42.49 including two free tickets to a great theatre show.