Considering he’s only just over a year old, Pickle is quite the theatre goer already (never let anyone tell you children are too young to watch theatre!). Back in February, we absolutely loved seeing Oily Cart’s In a Pickle production at Warwick Arts Centre and I’m delighted to share the news that they will soon be returning with another production: Mirror Mirror.

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Before Pickle came along, LPD and I would often eat out. Oh, those were the days… when we didn’t have a baby-bedtime to rush home for or an evening of being too tired to do anything but mindlessly watch Netflix to look forward to. Lack of available time and a massively reduced monthly income mean that dining out is very much classed as a luxury these days, but that needn’t be the case really and an early Sunday dinner at Prezzo with La Famiglia has really made me realise it’s far more do-able than I thought.

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It seems we can’t get enough of a good thing, as after our successful trip to Cinema Bambino last week, we were back at mac Birmingham for Elmer by Riverside Performing Arts. As nervous as I was that Pickle was perhaps nearing the top end of the age bracket for Cinema Bambino, I had the opposite fears for Elmer as it was promoted as being for Aged 3+, and Pickle is not even 1 year old yet… but he’s been so enthralled by the other theatre productions that he’s seen that I thought it was worth the risk. And despite a couple of minutes when I genuinely thought ‘oh god, what have I done?’, I think he did enjoy himself!

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As the weather begins to brighten up, what have I decided to do more of? Watch films in a darkened room, of course! On what was possibly the nicest day of the year so far, we spent a couple of hours nestled snugly in mac birmingham‘s cinema watching Beauty and the Beast and I don’t regret it one bit as their Cinema Bambino screenings are truly brilliant.

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After our super successful trip to see Oily Cart’s In a Pickle, I couldn’t wait to take Pickle to the theatre again. My first port of call was the mac Birmingham website, and it wasn’t long before I had bought tickets for LPD, Pickle and I to see Sponge by East Midlands dance company Turned On Its Head.

Sponge Turned On Its Head

Louise Gibbons performing in Sponge, an interactive dance show for young children from Turned On Its Head

If you’ve ever been to my house, you’ll know it’s pretty much constantly untidy and always in need of a good clean, so I was partly hoping that taking Pickle to a show entirely focused around sponges would begin to foster not only a love of culture but also cleaning! And by the way he was grabbing hold of the sponges in the show… I think I may be onto a winner.

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