The gift of ballet to local children

Here at Manic Mum Days we are always so excited to bring you new information on upcoming theatre shows happening in our area and multi-award winning dance theatre company balletLORENT will head to Darlington Hippodrome later this month as part of a 2020 national tour with a brand new fairytale: The Lost Happy Endings, an original story by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, retold as dance theatre for family.
The show is directed and choreographed by balletLORENT’s Artistic Director Liv Lorent (MBE) with narration by Joanna Lumley, this new fairytale follows the award winning and critically acclaimed Rapunzel (2012-2014), Snow White (2015-2016), and Rumpelstiltskin (2017-2018). The Lost Happy Endings truly is dance theatre for the 21st century family, and something I definitely haven’t seen before.
“Both as a Poet and as a parent I’ve always loved revisiting and retelling our traditional myths and
fairytales. As we have developed the story, we found we weren’t only dealing with the Lost Happy
Endings, but also the alternative middles.” Carol Ann Duffy.
Liv Lorent has reunited with some of her other world-renowned collaborators who created
Rapunzel, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin: Composer Murray Gold; Dramaturg Ben Crompton;
and Lighting Designers Malcolm Rippeth and Michael Morgan. New collaborators Set Designer Neil
Murray and Fashion and costume designer Nasir Mazhar have joined us for this production.
The Lost Happy Endings is a story about a magical girl called Jub who lives deep in the forest and has six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the happy endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly Witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed…
Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears…
Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper…
Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf…
Pinocchio’s nose never stops growing, in fact, his nose grew so long that he arrived everywhere a
whole day before he set off!
As the Witch disappears with the stolen Happy Endings it is up to Jub to save the night, encountering many beloved fairytale characters and woodland creatures in her quest… Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young.
“The Lost Happy Endings is our most topical work to date with light, darkness and humour. We
see children’s fury when the happy endings of their stories are stolen from them, and we see our
main character Jub, make it her job to rewrite fairytales to give the characters an ending that they
deserve.” Liv Lorent MBE
The professional company will be joined on stage by a community cast of children aged 6-11yrs,
some of which have performed with balletLORENT in the fairytale trilogy, and some of which are
local children who have been selected from Firthmoor Primary School.
“The children in our work continue to be the heart of the story. It is their distress and anger, and also their hope and creativity as they charge forward with their imagination that feeds our grown-up hearts with emotion and renews our energy for all the good in the world that is worth fighting for.”
Liv Lorent MBE
The Lost Happy Endings runs at Darlington Hippodrome on Saturday 22 at 7.30pm and Sunday 23 February for tickets visit the Hippodrome website:

How amazing also to give local school children a chance to perform in a massive production at the Hippodrome! Children learn such a lot from the theatre and early experiences with this creative outlet. I really hope that more organisations will replicate this and give a chance to those who may not be as open to opportunities as others. I can’t wait to bring my ballet mad two to see this thrilling show. It just looks magical!

We are working with the Hippodrome to bring you information on new productions as they come to our attention. How exciting to be able to champion our beautiful local theatre!

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