We were recently invited to review Rudolf at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, this years’ festive family offering. Mini was excited and decided to dress up in her very own Rudolf outfit for the performance. Baby Mack had arrived the previous week, so at just 9 days old he was attending his very first theatre performance. I’m not sure that he was overly impressed though as he slept through the entire show.
Rudolf is a co-production between Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and Pins & Needles. The story focuses on Rudi (Hannah Bristow) who arrives at the safari park with a crash in the middle of the night. The only problem is that he doesn’t know who he is or where he has come from.
Rudi embarks on an adventure to try to work out what animal he is and where he belongs. He wishes he could be as graceful as the flamenco flamingos or as cunning and sly as snake. However, he soon comes to the very sad realisation that there aren’t any animals like him at the safari park and feels very lost and alone.
Thankfully he makes friends with a kind snowy owl, Baggie (Lakesha Cammock) who thinks that she has a clue as to who Rudi really is and how to help him get home again.
The performance of Rudolf was the perfect way to kick start our festive season. The story was heart warming and funny for all ages. The set designed was simple yet extremely effective, we particularly loved the way that the snow scene was put together at the end. Even though there were only 4 actors, they seamlessly transitioned into different characters making it feel there was a much bigger cast involved.
I love the size of the theatre at MAC, it has a lovely cosy and intimate feeling and you get great views wherever you sit.
There are performances of Rudolf running at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6.00pm so hopefully there is a time to suit all audiences, with running time being 60 minutes. Those attending the 6pm showing are invited to come dressed in their pyjamas, so they are ready for bed when they arrive home.
Rudolf runs at Midlands Arts Centre until 31st December 2018. Full ticket information can be found here.
You can also find out about my other top recommendations for family festive shows around Birmingham here in my round up post.
Disclaimer: We were invited to review the performance of Rudolf. All views and opinions are our own.