The magic of ballet

The Arts Alive ‘at home’ initiative has delivered theatre, dance and music straight in to our homes since performance spaces closed earlier this year. Their next installment seeks to introduce children to the magic of ballet, with Northern Ballet’s sweet retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Organisers believe it will provide a cultural afternoon activity for children during the summer holidays.

Family audiences can enjoy the show from home by collectively watching it online on Thursday 6th August at 2:30pm. Young viewers are then asked to draw a picture of a character from the Little Red Riding Hood ballet and send a photo of it to cerin@artsalive.co.uk so Arts Alive can feature the pictures on their Facebook page.

Cerin Mills from Arts Alive is encouraging families to tune in on the 6th. She comments, “We think youngsters will love seeing this well known fairytale brought to life by the wonderful dancers at Northern Ballet. The big bad wolf is soppy rather than scary in this version. He wouldn’t dream of eating Grandma and ends up being invited to a jolly tea party instead. Following the cancellation of the spring tour of this production, and so many other shows, we think it is important to keep performance arts alive by continuing to provide a platform for them.”

To watch the show visit www.artsalive.co.uk, select Northern Ballet’s Little Red Riding Hood event and follow the link to the CBeebies’ recording.

Arts Alive are waiting to see if the Government’s £1.57 billion relief package for arts, culture and heritage in the UK will filter down to small organisations such as Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks, who hold cultural events in local venues across Shropshire and Herefordshire.

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