Last week, I received an e-mail congratulating me on winning a family ticket to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Live and other Eric Carle favourites show, after I’d entered a competition hosted by Fun To See just a few days earlier.
The plan was for M to come with me and C but with only a couple of days notice he ended up having to work so my mum came with us instead.
We set off with, what we thought would be, plenty of time to spare. The theatre was in Buxton, an hours drive from us. What we didn’t count on was the absolutely horrendous traffic as we were nearing Chatsworth House. It took us about 45 minutes to do about a mile and I thought we were going to miss the whole thing. Thankfully, we turned off the main road and set off again, trying to make up time.
We did arrive a little late and unfortunately missed the first play, Little Cloud, completely. We did see The Mixed Up Chameleon,which isn’t a book I’ve read before, and thankfully The very Hungry Caterpillar was the last play.
The plays are all done with blacklight, where the performers are all dressed in black so you can only see the puppets. It really was amazing. I knew that was how it was done but couldn’t see any of the people on the stage at all. C was amazed by it all and had a really nice time.
After the performance, the people behind it all came on the stage and let the children ask questions as to how it was done. They explained the blacklight, showed us how the caterpillar was made, how they did the cocoon, how they made the butterfly fly etc, which I thought was really nice.
I managed to forget my camera and my phone was pretty useless in such dark conditions but here’s a photo. Fans of the book will know this line as ‘In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf’.
The show was performed by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. If you get chance to see any of their other shows go for it as they really were impressive.