This February Half Term we were kindly invited to Birmingham Hippodrome to watch Same Same But Different. The show is a creation of the Sonia Sabri Company and promised a dance performance showcasing Kathak, Contemporary and Street Dance Styles.
We headed off to the theatre on the train, which is always a great way to start an adventure. Baby Mack was due to be having an afternoon with Nanny. However, she wasn’t very well after being in hospital recently so he came along with us.
The bright and colourful performance explores choreography from three dancers as they each share their style of dance. The piece explores how the three dancers at times perform in unison, whilst in their own style, and at other times they are totally different. The aim of the dance is to explore that at times we may feel different from each other and at other times we may feel that we belong.
Before the performance, there was the opportunity for the children to try out some crafts. Mini used Asian inspired stamps to create a beautiful wall hanging. She was really proud of her creation and hung it up in her bedroom when we got home. We also bumped into some other lovely local bloggers, it was nice for our children to enjoy doing the crafts together. We saw Kelly from SmallHouseBigTrips, Zoe from MamaGeek and Shell from The Willow Tree.
I used to dance when I was younger, so I really enjoyed the performance, and half wished I was up there dancing too. Mini said she liked seeing the different types of dance, she was tapping her feet along too. After the performance we talked about the meaning behind the dance, she liked using her imagination to make up a story to go along with the performance. The dance was a bit more abstract than others that we have seen, however Mini was clearly able to understand the concept behind the dance. She was able to identify with times that she has joined in with others and times she has felt differently to those around her too and how this made her feel.
The running time of Same Same But Different was approx. 1 hour, with no interval. I would say that the performance is most suitable for children aged 5 and upwards, although there were some younger children in the audience too. Baby Mack sat quietly throughout the whole show, I think he was mesmerised by the movement and the colours on stage.
The performance was shown in The Patrick Centre, the smaller, second theatre at Birmingham Hippodrome. We’ve been to a few other performances here before (The Snow Dragon, Hansel and Gretel, Emily Brown and The Thing). It’s a great size theatre, with well tiered seating meaning you get a great view wherever you sit.
Same Same But Different runs until Saturday 23rd February. Further information about tickets can be found on the Birmingham Hippodrome Website.
Disclaimer: We were invited to watch Same Same But Different for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.
Performance photos were provided by and are owned by Birmingham Hippodrome.