The open-air play

This weekend we ticked another one off our summer bucket list by going to see Alice in Wonderland at the Wild Place. It was a great setting for it because we got to walk around and see some of the animals before setting up our picnic supper for the play.

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It was the fourth play Talitha’s been to see and it’s just happened that my mother-in-law has either taken her or joined us each time. I have positive associations with my grandmother and trips to the theatre. I wonder if my girls will have the same.

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I have to say I think the actors and audience were all pretty hardcore British about the weather as it rained off and on throughout the performance. I worried that this might be putting Talitha off as she sat rather solemnly throughout the whole thing. But she’s kept telling me: “The white rabbit man said, “I’m late, I’m late, I’m latey latey late!” She also asks when next we can go see a play. That makes sitting in the rain worth it to me!

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I love that she’s getting to see real people taking up everyday objects and, essentially, imagining together. Even Ophelia was quite taken with the whole thing. For the first half she mostly sat up on her grandmum’s lap, taking in the strange sights and sounds. The second half she and I spent walking around for a jig to sleep – so, thank goodness it was an open-air play!

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You taken your kids to anything like this?


  1. August 13, 2014 / 8:37 am

    I haven’t taken them to an outdoor play like this before but I bet they’d love it because they’ve been to the theatre lots of times as we have a fantastic children’s theatre in Bath. This looks like fun and i laughed about the Great British Weather part – it had to rain really, didn’t it?!

  2. August 13, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    I’m dying to take mine to the outdoor theatre – there’s a brilliant one at Regent’s Park but I think they’re a bit young for it yet. great to get them started though!!

    The last time I went to an outdoor theatre it rained too 😉

  3. August 13, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    I would LOVE to take mine to a play like this but I’m always worried they won’t sit still (well Bea is quite young still at 2) but i guess that’s the beauty of open air theatres too. I think it’s really important to get kids into theatre and performing arts as a balance to all the tv and films they can watch now. Charlie loves going to the pantomime at xmas.
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  4. August 13, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    We used to live near Ludlow and they’d put on open-air plays in the grounds of the castle and it was lovely, you’ve just reminded me. I think it rained then too. Sounds like it was worth getting wet for though 🙂 x

  5. August 14, 2014 / 12:10 am

    Oh I love that everyone stuck it out through the rain – very British – love it. We have also put an open-air theatre show on our bucket list but really not sure if we are going to get to that one before Autumn creeps in (although I hope we do), it sounds like you all still had a great time and I love the pics

    Laura x
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  6. August 14, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Sounds lovely! I saw The Tempest at an amphitheatre and I never even LIKED the play until then. Adored it.

    Would LOVE to take mine to something like this. My SIL keeps suggesting we take our children to the theatre for The Gruffalo or similar but truthfully I don’t think Cherry would sit through it or be able to concentrate for so long. Open-air would be perfect as she could run around!
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  7. August 15, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    This looks great! We took F to see plays but they we’re indoors. We have taken him to see films at open air cinema screenings and he loved that so will have to keep our eye out for any more outdoor performances. X
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  8. August 15, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    aww this looks so fun, we’ve yet to check out the Wild Place so thanks for the reminder, I think Wilf would love seeing a play like this! x
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  9. August 15, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    One of my MUST-DO things (that I haven’t managed to do yet) is the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre here in London. I’d love to take my 3yo along to a kids’ open air play.
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  10. August 23, 2014 / 7:50 am

    I’ve ever been to open air theatre once, and that was in Sweden! Looks like such a fun outing though, especially such a classic as Alice in Wonderland! We’ve taken Theo to a few interactive theatre shows, but I’m sure he’d love this too!
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  11. September 10, 2014 / 2:36 am

    Worst of all, it gave my face a type of eerie “glow” that looked very unnatural in EVERY light (trust me).

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