Sunday, January 25, 2015

Outdoor adventures: Playing pirates at the Polly Woodside

During last week's adventure, we passed by The Australian Shakespeare Company's performance space in the Botanical Gardens. Later, while we lunched, a troupe of actors dressed as Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad wandered past after their matinee.

Some googling revealed a summer season of outdoor performances, some for kids and some for grown-ups, which tick boxes for my new year of outdoor adventures and at least one of my Before I Go goals. I had planned to take him to 'Wind and the Willows', to picnic at an evening performance, but the weather and life got in the way. But Lovely Husband saw 'Caribbean Pirates at the Polly Woodside' on the website and was keen for a weekend adventure.

The dock-side show was perfect for a three-year-old, with Pirates sweaty-faced in the sun, panto-screaming from the audience ('he's behind you!'), sea-shanties and a hunt for treasure on the Polly. And after, we walked back up the gangway and explored above and below decks. Lovely Husband got his naval geek on and Dear Boy touched all the do-not-touch things in the galley.

Have you been to any good outdoor shows?

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