So just over a week ago, I took my dancer Jodie, a USB flash drive and a five-page lighting document to The Place Theatre in London’s beautiful Bloomsbury, and we presented an all-dancing slightly-singing version of the very blog you’re reading now. I have had some actual FAQs about how (and why) we did it, so here are some frequent answers and my one-of-a-kind guide to making your parenting blog into a dance theatre performance:
1. No, I didn’t perform in the piece. I like performing in other people’s pieces, but I like being able to watch and direct my own from the outside (most of the performance work I create is made on other people). It was a pleasure to direct Jodie, who did an absolutely bang-up job of embodying all my maternal pains and pleasures. Plus I am quite old and tired these days and Jodie frankly gave a superior performance to anything I can currently muster.
2. No, Scarlett wasn’t in the piece (at least, not live on stage). She’s at an awkward developmental stage between “static enough to remain in one place for twenty minutes” and “can be directed at least enough not to run into the sidelight booms” so it wasn’t really a safe idea to let her be on stage, although I honestly considered it. She’s present in other ways, though.
3. No, Darien wasn’t in it either; his presence was mostly soundtrack-related.
4. Yes, #damnthatPeppaPig is a real hashtag. A very real hashtag.
5. All of the sections of dance were taken from existing blog posts, most of them made during the first year. The posts I used were: this one; this one; this one; this one; this one and, by overwhelmingly popular request, this one.
7. Feedback we had from parents was that a lot of the scenes were very familiar. Feedback from non-parents was that a lot of the scenes were still very familiar; I guess these things are both recognisable and somewhat universal.
8. Yes, that’s me singing on I’m So Tired. D’ylikeit?
9. No, that’s not me on Single Babies, that’s my friend and fellow mummy Gemma. She’s amazing. She sang that vocal while eight months pregnant, and while actually balancing a toddler on her hip. (I did some backing yelps).
10. No, that’s not a real choir on Bathtime for Scarlett. That’s Darien and his audio magic. Good though, innit?
11. Yes, we hope to go out on the road again and I’m in the process of sorting that out. Watch this space!
Video below! Let us know if you have any more questions on the back of a used theatre ticket, or in the comments. Mwah, mwah!
If you’re anything like us and own something like a dozen internet-connected devices and a small daughter who knows how to access features on your iPad you didn’t even know existed, then you may well have an interest in video … Continue reading
Things have been a bit quiet on this blog recently – hopefully you’ll be pleased to know it’s because we’re creating an AWESOME NEW DANCE SHOW based on some of these very posts! If you’re in London or fancy a trip to the big smoke, come and see us:
Thursday 18 January 2018
The Place Theatre, Duke’s Road WC1H 9PY
Because when your toddler is going through a biting phase; or has just spent a week waking you up multiple times in the night because she has a rotten cold and can’t breathe through her poor little nose and of course you … Continue reading
In which our increasingly independent daughter does everything herself and learns to count.
After a couple of years of single-word picture books and exhortations to find Spot (we still love finding Spot), we’re getting to a stage where Scarlett enjoys stories with more than four words per page; and that, owing to the … Continue reading
Anyone who has ventured into a primary school in the past decade or so will have met WALT (We Are Learning To) – information plastered all over the brightly-coloured display boards that tells parents, governors, OFSTED inspectors and other visitors … Continue reading