For the last 3 years I’ve made a tradition of taking my son to the Hull Truck Christmas show. It’s his birthday at the start of December so we have been doing this as his birthday day out every year. It’s always a lovely family show, not an overly cheesy festive panto, so it make a great birthday treat.
This year we made a full day out of it in Hull city centre, you can read that blog here. We went to the Hull Truck Peter Pan 2pm Saturday matinee show, myself, my 9 year old and my mum.
The show is suitable for ages 5+ so I didn’t take my younger daughter, there is a special Christmas show at Hull Truck for ages 3-5 years (How to Fly Like a Reindeer) which I’m taking her to nearer Christmas. In previous years the main Hull Truck family show has definitely not been suitable for under 5s, but I did think my younger child would actually have been ok with this year’s Peter Pan, there was nothing dark or scary in it and plenty of songs and action to keep her attention.
The Hull Truck version of Peter Pan was lovely and we really enjoyed watching it. It’s the classic tale retold, with the Darling’s living in Hull and Wendy wanting to get home from Neverland to Hull! There are some nice, original songs and Wendy especially had a fantastic voice. Our favourite part was when Peter and Wendy went up onto the high ropes to perform a song, it was absolutely magical to watch.
The set and costumes were very good and there was always plenty to see on stage. Not wanting to put a spoiler on it but the crocodile was particularly well designed and Captain Hook certainly made a dramatic exit!
Our absolute favourite character was Tinkerbell, she was hilarious. All of us laughed out loud at her performance and she was the star of the show for us.
To be completely honest we didn’t think it was the best Christmas show Hull Truck have done (I don’t think anything will ever top their Oliver Twist last year so they have set the bar ridiculously high!) but it was a lovely show to watch as a family, really engaging and a great day out.