Runtime: 2h 30m
If you are looking for a family show that has both adult and child appeal then check out the latest from Bristol Old Vic, which has produced some of the most enjoyable on-line shows over the last few months. Helen Edmundson’s script is a treat, and the show mines all the retro charm of Arthur Ransome’s story without making it seem old-fashioned. That’s in part because it aligns old attitudes (“better dead than duffers,” declares dad when asked permission for his tweens to sail alone across a lake and camp out) with modern theatre techniques to celebrate the imagination of children and their right to roam free.
Back by popular demand, Bristol Old Vic's much-loved family musical Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter barbarians, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies. Created by Artistic Director Tom Morris (War Horse, The Grinning Man), writer Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy) and with music by Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Bristol Old Vic presents another unforgettable Christmas treat, for you and your family to watch in the comfort of your own home. Ages 7+