I had an 'interesting' morning today. The Boys and I went along to the Unicorn Theatre in Tooley Street to see one of the latest Oily Cart productions; 'How Long is a Piece of String?'
Here's what the website blurb said: "An interactive, multi-sensory production with astonishing visuals and original, live music, exploring and celebrating the wonders of string. Follow a trail of string into the theatre where performers lead you around a woven wonderland of different chambers full of strings, ropes and pulleys."
It certainly kept the Boy's attention for the hour it lasted. There were hammocks, fantastical machines, a musician, an absent-minded inventor-type, and string babies - and that's just for starters.
Boy #1, at five years old, was probably at the upper age limit for this production, but he still enjoyed it, laughing at the string dog (which he now wants for Christmas, thank you Oily Cart!), and taking in the spectacle.
Boy #2, at nearly three also enjoyed it, but wasn't interested in the interactive stuff, preferring instead to stay on my lap. There were plenty of similarly aged children who did muck in, however, following the performers around the theatre on the windy path, across the rickety rope bridge and rowing across the string sea.
The verdict from the Boys? 'Cool. And I liked the dog.' (Boy #1). 'Good. Liked the steering wheel...' (Boy #2).
The verdict from me: Definitely aimed at the children. But very well done, and spot on for them...
'How Long Is A Piece of String' is running at the Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street until 4th January 2009.
This post was written by Potty Mummy, who blogs at The Potty Diaries, where she chronicles the trials of potty training her boys and tries to keep from becoming potty.