This post could also be titled, “A Lesson in Mother’s Guilt”. This was the day I managed to give my lovely Violet a great day out but let her down at the same time. Its no secret that my youngest 2 spend a lot of their lives transporting the swimmer around the country. They are so patient and never (and I mean NEVER) moan about the sacrifices they make. We were invited 2 weeks ago to take Violet to Blackpool Tower to learn some circus skills and watch the Circus Panto, Pinocchio. It meant a 165 mile trip from St Helens to Blackpool (via Kippax on the other side of Leeds) but we’re always up for a challenge. Unfortunately, traffic and gale force winds conspired against us and we ended up queuing for an hour to get in the Blackpool car park and missed the circus skills. Cue a few tears, a very quiet Violet and a massively brave bottom lip.
We soon rallied though and pottered around Blackpool Tower while we waited for the panto to start. You may remember that we visited the circus and the Tower in the summer so it was lovely to go back and see the parts we missed. We thoroughly enjoyed spending out 2ps in the slot machines and a visit to the gift shop for some sweets and a teddy bear soon made it better.
I wasn’t sure how different the circus could be from the last time we saw it and wondered how it could fit into a pantomime. The answer is, really well! The circus definitely had a different feel – There was no tightrope (apart from a much smaller one in a variety section) but there was still plenty of peril. The girls that spun around on the high climbing frame had us both watching between our fingers. We were sat really close to the front so it seemed even more exciting than our previous visit.
The surprise element of the circus is still there but comes just before the interval – It fits really well into the story of the Panto too (and I’m still not going to spoil the surprise for you!). I’ve never been a huge fan of the story of Pinocchio but this was one of the best interpretations I’ve seen – Its very clever how they make his nose grow but the point isn’t laboured for too long. I loved the character of Pinocchio and particularly liked the X-Factor audition scene.
The baddie was a great baddie – Plenty of opportunity to boo and hiss at him. I would have like a tiny bit more interaction in the 12 days of Christmas routine but it was funny all the same. The pace of the panto was great – The performers manage to change scenes really quickly and it finished before we knew it.
Both Violet & myself had a feel good factor about the show at the end and both agreed we had had a great day. We highly recommend a visit to Pinocchio!