4-24 December 2015
Reviewed by Laura Wragg
I took my 5 year old daughter to ‘A Winter’s Trail’ at the Theatre Royal in Brighton. I had no idea what to expect but we had both been captivated by the artwork on the flyers and posters we had seen.
Upon arrival we were welcomed by an usherette who handed us a letter and a moonstone each. I read the letter to my daughter which told her we had been carefully selected to attend the celebrations in Fairy World within the theatre. It gave her a secret password which, she needed to enter Fairy World, and had been sent by the Chief Fairy Detective, Seren. This began my daughter’s magical adventure on this trail and, surprisingly, for me too.
Seren, the Chief Fairy Detective from the Fairy Detective Agency (FDA), welcomed us and began to tell the tale of Sylvan. Sylvan was a fairy whose job was of great importance at the Theatre Royal as he was the collector of magic. However, this year, there wasn’t enough magic to fill up one of Sylvan’s glass bottles and Sylvan himself had vanished along with his stag. Sylvan’s final glass bottle was labelled ‘Shared Moments’. The bottle was not full of magic because visitors to the Theatre Royal were missing shared moments with friends and family as life is getting more and busier.
Hearing these words did make me think about my own busy days of juggling work and family life and made me think about how sharing this moment with my daughter, who was in awe of the performers and the belief they’d given her that she was an important helper in this fairy detective search, was very special to both of us.
Holding the hand of my daughter, together we travelled through the sky, to castles and through snowstorms. We stopped for hot drinks and biscuits, created a detective spy glass, and continued on our journey. We had to cross over into Theatre Land trying to remain undetected by other humans working in the theatre. We crawled behind chairs, tiptoed down secret stairs and came across a magical tree. The tree was covered with special tags that contained shared moments. Shared moments with loved ones which the children were asked to share with their grown up. Hearing my daughter’s own shared moments filled me with tears and made the whole experience even more magical for us both.
Together we continued the journey until we had found Sylvan and his stag in a room full of magic and beautiful music. The missing magic in Sylvan’s bottle had been filled thanks to the children and their families. There was now enough magic for the fairies to share for the year. My daughter was so happy and completely enchanted, as was I.
Sharing moments together had saved the day. Please share more moments together, there is always magic to be found when you do!
Herringbone Arts 2015
Tickets cost from £10.50 to £12 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
A Winter’s Trail is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton until 24 December 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650