Richard Lutz chats with eight year-old Stan about The Nutcracker at the Hippodrome.
I am sitting (writes Richard Lutz) after the opening night of Sir Peter Wright’s rendition of that famous holiday ballet gem The Nutcracker now playing at the Birmingham Hippodrome. With me, enjoying a post theatre J20 and a bag of popcorn is my colleague, Stan, eight years old and from Kings Heath, better known throughout the city as Southside Stan:
Me: Stan, simply known as Southside Stan, a happy lad after taking in this Birmingham Royal Ballet effort?
Southside Stan: Exhilarated, especially since the Baggies nailed it 2-1 against Ipswich on the same night.
Me: And how was this Tchaikovsky classic that seems to rear its sugar coated head every Christmas?
Southside: Loved it. I liked the way the dancers jumped really high and especially did scissor kicks.
Me: Anything else?
Southside: The fights between the toy soldiers and the rats were good. They had swords too.
Me: Any humour that tickled your Kings Heath ribs?
Southside: Well, I don’t know if it was supposed to happen, but when they captured the King Rat, his tail got stuck in the cage. But it was the jumping that I liked. Ronaldo would be good at ballet because he can jump. But as for Messi, I think he’s more of a sprinter.
Me: So would the cast of The Nutcracker be good footballers?
Southside: I’m not sure, though they’d have strong legs.
Me: The Hippodrome have nice things to eat?
Southside: Good strawberry ice cream and great popcorn though a bit hard to open the bag as I watched the ballet.
Me: Southside Stan, it’s been a pleasure. Give my best to Kings Heath. Any last words?
Southside: Yeah, 2-1, West Brom.
Read Simon Hale’s review on this site.
The Nutcracker runs until 13th December. Tickets: brb.org.uk
Richard Lutz was talking to Southside Stan, our 8 year old critic. Next week, another young reviewer gives a take on Christmas shows. This time: The Wizard of Oz at The Rep