In the lead up to Christmas our CTCers gathered together to go on festive trips galore. Freedom Passes in hand the intrepid bunch set out from the centre to explore some of the cultural events going on in the city. Here, they share their experiences of their trips so it’s almost like you were there too!
The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House 17th December
A group of nine CTCers made a memorable trip to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to see the season’s ballet favourite ‘The Nutcracker’, set to the sparkling and transformative music of Tchaikovsky. The music and dance tells the magical story of the toymaker – Drosselmeyer- who crafts Clara his god-daughter a nutcracker doll as a gift for xmas – which comes to life to lead an army against the evil Mouse King.
Connie, one of our CTC’ers who saw the matinee production on Thursday with her fellow CTC friends said the production was “out of this world” and the set “picture-perfect”, like an oldie-worldy Christmas card as the curtain went back revealing a light glowing in the distance – in the little house of the toymaker – as the audience look on. The costumes were wonderful, sumptuous and colourful from delicate ballerina snowflakes, the costumes for the mice army, the pillar-box red of the small soldiers and the delights of wondrous characters that Clara encounters when the Nutcracker Prince takes her to the Land of Sweets, where she famously meets the Sugar Plum fairy.
If you have never been to the Royal Opera House, the venue is a treat in itself with sumptuous red and gold auditorium but on top of this you have the joys of a live orchestra, and choreography and scenery which truly transports you to another world. Keep an eye out for similar trips if this tickles your fancy!
New Diorama Theatre – 18th December
The very next day 10 more CTCers set out together to see a 5 star sold out play at the New Diorama Theatre near Regents Park. We had no idea we had such a lovely theatre so close to our doorsteps. A short hop on the bus and they were there! And what a show! All about the codebreakers at Bletchley Park during WWII, it was a beautiful and engrossing look into the past and an introduction to some of the lesser known characters that helped win the war. The show was put on by Theatre Company, Idle Motion, who are one of the countries leading visual theatre companies who tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Integrating creative and playful stagecraft with innovative video projection and beautiful physicality, their productions are humorous, evocative and sensitive pieces of theatre which leave a lasting impression on their audiences. After the show we were even treated to tea and cake and chat with the cast. Very glam!
Pictures to follow soon