Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Northern Ballet, The Curve

Photography courtesy of Emma Kauldhar

Let me start with a little known fact about me. In year 9, I had a huge crush on my history teacher. Miss Mayo was everything I wanted to be in a way, she was beautiful smart and I would have done anything I could to impress her. So when she set us a project about world war 2 I was determined to impress her and so I set about writing my project all about childhood and how it was different between the Germans and The Jews. I read the boy in the striped pyjamas, when Hitler stole pink rabbit and Anne Franks diary. Reader, I got 7 merits for that project.

So when I heard that the Northern Ballet were bringing the classic to stage in a ballet adaptation I was intrigued. I am not a massive fan of ballet (give me musicals any day) but when the curve very kindly offered me a ticket to the press night my curiosity got the better of me and off I went!

Photography courtesy of Emma Kauldhar

From the very beginning Kevin Poeung totally captured my heart as Bruno son of the German Commandment. His mannerisms and movement both wonderfully portrayed the innocent boy. I couldn't help make comparisons in my head to the character, Eddie in Willy Russell's blood brothers. 

Although I knew the story beforehand I felt a little lost during the first half. I don't think this ballet would be for someone who hasn't read the synopsis beforehand. By far my favourite dancer to watch was Antoinette Brooks-Daw as Bruno's sister Gretl. There was something about her, how she would glide across the stage! I couldn't take my eyes off her whenever she was on the stage.

 Photography courtesy of Emma Kauldhar

The second act was where the show really came alive for me. The relationship between Shmuel and Bruno really comes alive and I really think that the show portrayed this delicate relationship well. Throughout the show the contrast is clear between their lives and yet for the short times they come together they dance beautifully together.

Overall I enjoyed the show (but wish I had taken tissues with me!). I am not sure ballet is totally my thing, but it was really great to experience something that I wouldn't normally choose.  

Charlotte Lucy

 Although the tickets were provided in exchange for review, as always all opinions are my own! 


  1. I would’ve found such an invitation hard to resist too. I’ve never been to the ballet but thin kI should try it at leas once. I’d love to see this particular one (and I should read the book too).

  2. I've not read or seen any adaptation of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas but maybe if this tours I should go.
    I've never been to a ballet either so 2 birds 1 stone. Sounds really intriguing.

    V <3

  3. I haven't watched a live show in years, and I think ballet is beautiful but might bore me sometimes. Something like this would definitely draw me in a lot more! x


  4. I loved this when I saw it a couple of weeks ago, the tissues were most definitely needed at the end. I agree about the second half, the relationship between the two boys was so heartbreakingly portrayed.


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