ALONGSIDE its main production, Scottish Ballet will also be staging inclusive performances for people with additional needs, and a special Wee Cinderella strand – an hour-long performance suitable for children aged three and older.
The audience gets to meet the cast in costume beforehand while the performance is interactive.
Christopher, below, explains: “It’s a really fun experience – not just for the young people and participants but for their parents, guardians and carers, too.
“It’s lovely to see everyone enjoying the experience as unit. They’re really important performances for us to give – it reminds us all why we do what we do.”
as well as a challenge to shine light on different aspects of the story,” Christopher says.
“This story does follow a young woman who has suffered grief and is suffering, and she wants to find a way out. The original story is about a young woman who meets a very rich young man, and he marries her in order to get her out of that conundrum.
“I just don’t feel they’re messages I really support in this day and age – that’s not how people find their way out of grief, or any difficult time they’re facing.
“So in making it about nature – and making the prince as lonely as Cinderella is in his gilded palace – in a way it’s about two lonely people finding each other, and genuinely falling in love. The final part is not about them getting married – they meet each other and go on a proper date without any of the pomp or circumstance.”
The Christmas show is always a particularly special one for the company each year, because for many people in the audience it’s often their first experience of ballet.
“We take it as a really big responsibility to make that experience as magical and special as we possibly can,” Christopher says. “It’s not just about how they’re enjoying
Barnaby in full flow
The show is a spectacular affair
Grace Holer and Kayla-maree Tarantolo as the stepsisters
Barnaby and Sophie