8th August 2019

When: Wednesday 31 July - Saturday 10 August

Tickets: £12 (£10 Under 26s)

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FREE Stay 'n' Play Area before and after the show and FREE Ice Cream with every ticket

Eyes see, fingers touch,

Noses breathe in deep,

Tongues taste, ears hear,

Bodies ready- leap!

What’s this? What does it look like? How does it feel? Does it smell nasty, or taste nice? Does it make a noise?

Join two dancers and a live musician as they use their eyes and ears, noses and mouths, fingers and feet to discover a world of play that makes the ordinary extraordinary.

What we thought:

“We took as seat on some cushions in a circle on the floor. A man was playing some lovely live, welcoming music. Drapes and lighting set a nice cosy, relaxing but exciting mood for the show to begin. In the middle of the floor was a purple ‘thing!’ The ‘thing’ started to move and out popped a foot! Little gasps were heard from the young audience. Then another foot, this time a few chuckles were heard. Then a hand, then a head and the purple ‘thing’ slowly unraveled to reveal our two perfect performers.

Throughout we were dazzled by dance and mesmerised by movement as we took a visual journey through the five senses, all perfectly accompanied by fantastic live music from a huge variety of instruments.

The show was funny, exciting, delightful and wonderful - such a perfect show for families with little ones. Our little one got a bit fidgety with around 15 minutes to go (the show is approx 50 minutes) but she is slightly younger than the recommended age of 3-6. She still really enjoyed it though, I think she just so inspired she wanted to join in!

We visited the Stay and Play area after the show, (you can go before and/or after) and enjoyed playing in the sandpit, dressing up, making music (or noise!!) on the instrument wall, chalking and colouring. There was even FREE ice cream! It is outside but it is under a marquee so no need to worry about the weather. It was quite rainy when we visited but nice and dry in the stay and play. It’s fantastic to have this area and I thought it was particularly good for after the performance as the audience sat so well and quiet, it was lovely for them to be able to make some noise and free play afterwards.

There is a lovely cafe at Derby Theatre, we didn’t order on this occasion but could see lots of families enjoying food and drinks before the show.

All in all, we had a fantastic visit to Derby Theatre to watch FIVE and would definitely recommend the show to families with little ones aged 3-6 years old.

What Derby Theatre say:

"FIVE is a playful exploration of our five human senses through dance, movement and live music. Created by Derbyshire-based family theatre specialists WinterWalker, this warm, funny and inclusive show is a perfect introduction to live performance for children age 3 to 6 and their grown-ups.”


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