Ok I have a confession to make… ballet – it’s not usually my thing! It’s just that little bit “too cultured” for me (if there’s such a thing!). Laura, my wife, however, loves it! Hence why I made every effort to pop along on Wednesday evening for the opening night of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at Hull New Theatre.
If you’ve seen the film, or even read the book, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say that it sticks in your memory. If you’ve seen it, you’ll always remember you’ve seen it. And again, that was probably another motivation for going to see it.
Hence why I think even if you’re like me and you’re not even a fan of the dance movement, you’ll like it anyway so here’s why I think you should book tickets quick and head over to the newly refurbished Hull New Theatre before Saturday.
1. The Story
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is iconic. It’s a very personal story set in Germany during World War II. Bruno, the young 9-year-old son of a high-ranking Nazi commander, who moves near to Auschwitz with his family after his father is placed in control of the nearby concentration camp.
The very innocent Bruno is rather oblivious to evil taking place around him and makes friends with a Jewish boy imprisoned at Auschwitz, Shmuel. As the family settle into their new life and roles at the camp, drama unfolds and tragedy strikes.
2. The performance
I must admit, I wasn’t sure before the performance, that I could sit for nearly two hours, watching a play that was all dancing and no speaking, but the story was told fluently through their performances.
It’s a very moving, thought-provoking story and the adaptation into a ballet by Daniel de Andrade is nothing short of brilliant. At first, I was a little taken back by such dramatic movement.
It’s strange at first to see ballet performed in anything other than leotards, so when you see Bruno’s Father (played by Javier Torres) dressed as a Nazi commander, all of a sudden dance around his desk, it was quite a surprise for me. But I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. The pace of the story was just right and it was really entertaining throughout. Even at the interval, I was keen to get back in to see how the cast would take on the dramatic second act.
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Bruno in particular, played by Matthew Koon, caught the playfulness and naivety of the character absolutely right making him the very innocent character that you love.
3. It’s the grande finale
Hull is the final stop on this year long tour. The final show is Saturday evening so you’ve only got a few days to experience this incredible show before it ends all together.
Tickets were originally available from £10 but those seats have all been taken now. There are some seats still available at £22.50 each – still quite a bargain for the show that this is. You can book tickets online at hulltheatres.co.uk, popping into the box office at City Hall or calling 01482 300 306.