Last weekend Elsie and I were invited to the press showing of The Little Prince at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Common. Just me and my big girl for a whole afternoon together doing something new and exciting which didn’t involve a soft play or a park…hurrah!
There’s something so magical about being in a theatre. The excitement of the energy and the storytelling. The smell of the props and the make up. The anticipation of the unknown. The buzz from the energy that fills the corridors and the foyers.
The flutter of knowing that for just a short while, everything outside in the real world can fizzle away and you can engulf yourself in a different place, a different time, and a whole new experience. Where you can just sit, believe and admire the talents and the storytelling skills of others. Where your mind can travel and open to far off places and thought-provoking lands unfamiliar to your own.
It’s a safe, fun and welcoming place and one that is always a privilege to be a part of and I was thrilled to be with Elsie for her first proper theatre experience, (Peppa Pig Live! doesn’t quite count does it?) and The Little Prince was absolutely the perfect first theatre experience for this very excited four-year-old.
The Little Prince at The Omnibus Theatre
Based on the childhood classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and adapted for the stage by Sally Pomme Clayton, The Little Prince is a truly heart warming tale of love, friendship and human understanding.
It tells the story of a boy on a quest back to his home asteroid, who encounters a pilot and her crashed plane. The audience is then taken on an adventure across the galaxy. Meeting extraterrestrial characters such as a streetwise fox, a King, a magical snake and a hilariously fabulous rose, named Rose.
Beautifully Brilliant And Oh So Funny
Elsie absolutely loved it.
A cast of just three outstanding actors, sharing multiple roles; they didn’t miss a beat and kept the children, and adults, throughly entertained throughout.
Our favourite character, Rose, played by Royce Cronin, was particularly spectacular and had Elsie squealing with laugher at his hilarious antics and songs.
With its fast pace, musical interludes and a quick turn-around of characters, her attention was held and her mind transfixed. The show also boasted beautiful special effects, including a galaxy of stars, which were captivating and really gave it a magical flare for the festive season.
I was smiling from ear to ear throughout most of the performance, bouncing my attention from the performers to Elsie’s face.
“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I wanted to take it all in. Her first theatre experience. Finally my little girl was absorbing something that I’ve adored for years and here we were sharing it together, and a really special piece of theatre too, which was bursting with some really important messages.
Bursting With Life Lessons For Us All
Essentially the book of The Little Prince is a kids book about adults for both adults and kids.
Sound confusing? But it really isn’t. What I found most endearing about the play is how subtly they managed to weave in just some of the beautiful life messages and lessons from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book.
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
With his message that the heart can see clearly what the eyes miss and that the time we spend on each other demonstrates a persons importance to us, makes the streetwise fox the most important character that the boy meets on his quest. A message that, particularly today with our hectic busy lives, gets sometimes forgotten and that we should remind ourselves, particularly at Christmas time.
Festive Fun For All The Family
From the music to the messages and the intimate and cosy setting of the Omnibus Theatre, The Little Prince really is the perfect festive fun for all of the family.
“But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
We left the theatre skipping hand in hand, chatting about our favourite parts of the show and I decided that this is the start of a new tradition for us. A pre-Christmas afternoon treat to the theatre, just me and Elsie, making memories and spending quality time together. I’ll always remember The Little Prince for igniting that tradition.
Thank you so much to the team at the Omnibus Theatre for inviting us along to the show. The Little Prince is showing from 4th-30th December 2019 and is suitable for ages 4-104! You can grab your tickets here.
Disclosure: we were very kindly gifted two tickets to the show in exchange for a review.