[DWJ] Black Maria ballet brilliant

Jane Scarlett mail at janescarlett.com
Fri Oct 26 17:28:21 EDT 2007

Seconded - I thought it told the story really well, and the kids picked up
the gist of the story without knowing anything about it before seeing the
ballet.  Adam (as expected) enjoyed the music more than the story, but Laura
got so engrossed in the story she forgot to watch what the dancers were
doing how, which she said she was going to watch out for.  I'm really
pleased by that:-). There is really some thing for everyone though.  And it
was far more enjoyable than I expected - I wasn't sure quite what to expect,
but I didn't expect anything quite so enjoyable.  I'll look out for more
events at Saddler's Wells now.

Diana was great too. It's the first time I've seen her, so I wasn't sure
what to expect.  She managed not to sound as if she was going through the
motions, even when she was asked the second time which was her favourite
book, which was very encouraging - Adam asked a couple of questions which he
wouldn't have done if she hadn't managed to turn each question into an
interesting answer.  

Minnow, do you know if she enjoyed the ballet?  Please pass my thanks on to
her, and to Tom.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf
> Of meredith at leemac.freeserve.co.uk
> Sent: 25 October 2007 21:37
> To: dwj at suberic.net
> Subject: [DWJ] Black Maria ballet brilliant
> Hello all, just a quick note to urge anyone who can get to London in the
> next couple of days to grab the chance
> to see the Black Maria ballet - it surpassed all expectations and was a
> really wonderful show. There's some
> tickets left for both matinee and evening performances, and I'm sure you
> won't be disappointed.
> The story was obviously simplified for a show - they cut out Mig's dad and
> the orphans, and had just 4 Mrs Urs
> and Mr Urs, but everybody had a clear distinct personality and they kept
> the essence of the story.
> Music and costumes were great, the dancing was really expressive, and they
> used a video screen at the back of
> the stage as sets, showing woods or the seaside or cups of tea and cakes,
> or whatever.
> I was hugely impressed, and I think everyone from kids upwards enjoyed it.
> Diana also answered questions befor
> the show, so I'll try and report that on my website soon. After the ballet
> closes in London they're hoping to
> get some touring shows, so maybe more of us will get a chance to see it
> anyway.
> cheers, Meredith
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