Even if your holidaze are cruising along at a relaxed, cheerful clip, I bet you are still on the look out for a few interesting things to mix it up a little, am I right? Or, if your holidays are a bit like mine and there is not enough coffee to cope with bored, bickering children and all your plans have been derailed by unexpected weather, are you looking for a few things to divert the little blighters from killing each other and/or burning the house down? Do you fall somewhere in the middle? Lucky you!
1. Go see Disney’s INTO THE WOODS at the cinema.
This well executed movie combines several fairy tales into one cohesive story, and is filled with enough big names in award worthy performances to keep even the most jaded parent interested. Meryl Streep is an excellent witch, and is going to win a lot of awards for this role. Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Tracey Ullman and the rest of the star studded cast seamlessly stitch together the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Baker and his Wife in a musical comedy drama where the main message is about taking responsibility for your actions. My boys really enjoyed watching this, and I think it would be perfect for anyone who is ready to move on from Frozen. If you still need convincing, let me tell you that Johnny Depp plays the wicked wolf.
Opened 8th January 2015
In cinemas nationally.
2. Go to the theatre and see The Wind in the Willows
This is a one man play, with the hugely talented Luke Carroll (from Play School!) performing the well loved characters of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The play goes for 60 minutes, which is perfect timing for younger children. There is a lot of audience participation to keep everyone involved, and most excitingly for my junior toads, the characters occasionally run through the audience! My boys are familiar with the story of The Wind in the Willows, but the little girl next to me was not, and she had a fantastic time as well. I hadn’t been to La Boite Theatre before, but was pleased to find it was almost like Sydney’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on a more intimate scale, which is conducive to a very atmospheric performance. I’m sure there is a technical term for this style of theatre that I am unaware of. Just goes to show you can still enjoy this theatrical production without knowing much about theatre.
Showing from 7th – 17th January 2015 at La Boite Theatre, Brisbane.
3. Go and experience High Country Legends at Australian Outback Spectacular
I’ve saved the biggest and the best for last. The Australian Outback Spectacular is definitely the biggest night time dinner show in Australia, with hundreds of animal and human performers providing a uniquely amazing display of outback Australia. This new line up raises the bar on the already impressive display of horsemanship, and aims to tell the ‘..the greatest stories never told’. Australian culture has many historic tales that highlight the importance that horses have played and continue to play, and this new show tells these stories impeccably all while you sit back and enjoy a gourmet campfire feast. Clancy of the Overflow, Mountain Brumby, and Cattle Muster are what you might expect, but also be prepared for the Ghost Coach of Omeo (spooky!) and the story of May Zinger-Wirth, the 7 year old girl sold to the circus who became the worlds greatest bareback rider; as well as many displays of outback life. The show goes for about 2 hours and combines sophisticated technology (a huge imax screen with a massive arena showcases the spectacle perfectly; it actually snows inside; fog, light and sound all intermix to make your experience….well, spectacular) with talented performers (many musical numbers performed by the experienced cast, as well as impressive trick riding, racing, an amazingly talented dog and the worlds cutest donkey.) The arena holds over 1000 people and they are all served dinner within 8 minutes – a spectacle in itself. Oh, and you get a free hat. GO. You will LOVE it.