“It’s not really a spectacle,” said the lady at the Haras “it’s more a fairy story for children“. Booking for two adults wasn’t going to be easy. “But please can we come? We’re English and we only understand theatre aimed at the average three year old. And we like horses”.
So this afternoon we were whisked away to a faraway land, the Pays de Lune, where Baba Yaga, a wicked fairy, steals Cylian, the precious unicorn. The moon predicts that only the most pure and bravest fairy can overturn the wicked fairy’s spells and find the unicorn. After many years Louna arrives….
Evil Baba Yaga threatens Louna
The stables at the Haras were transformed into a stage set. Silhouetted behind a curtain we see Baba Yaga cast her spells and steal the unicorn. The good fairy asks the children to help and we troop after her, through the enchanted forest and deep into the dark dark woods. Quite soon I hadn’t the slightest idea what was going on but, prompted by an assertive five year old, the children got into the spirit of the adventure. Over the ravine and up a tree goes the good fairy, from where she hands the children bags of fairy dust. I’m not sure why but it enables the children to find the key to the dungeon (the tack room) where Cylian is held captive. The bad fairy begs for forgiveness and Cylian is set free.
The good fairy releases Cylian…..
…..the bad fairy repents and everyone lives happily ever after
The show was produced by two of the artists in residence at the Haras, Laetitia and Camille. Well done to both of them. We do enjoy the children’s shows. Perhaps one day we’ll appreciate French theatre for grown-ups but up to date we have found it rather weird.