I do love a good ballet, so when a friend invited me to join her last week I agreed.
As the ballet in question was Sleeping Beauty I was looking forward to an enjoyable evening watching a classic story, full of romance and magic, with graceful, elegant dancing performed by a handsome prince, beautiful princess, mutant baby and vampire fairies . . .
. . . . mutant baby???
. . . . vampire fairies???
Looking back, I think the mutant baby was the first clue that this wasn’t going to be a classic interpretation of the well loved story I know so well. (It was meant to be a baby Sleeping Beauty but as it was controlled by a puppeteer that everyone could see, it was strangely scary)
The vampire fairies were possibly the next clue . . .
The point at which the ‘innocent’ princess stripped off her dress and rolled around the palace garden with the gardener while royal guests strolled a few feet away pretty much confirmed it . . .
. . . and if there was a prince I didn’t spot him but there was the gardener who having been bitten by a vampire fairy became immortal, enabling him to camp outside the palace in a one-man tent for a hundred years. . . . (ah, I can tell you don’t remember that part of the story either!)
I thought the one-man tent was a nice touch . . .
I was a bit concerned about the gardener’s eye sight as he suddenly seemed to need glasses – but I figured after a hundred years maybe even vampires start to feel their age, but no, it appears that as well as vampires having wings (who knew?) they have a little black band that appears across their eyes. All these years when I thought the way to spot a vampire was to look for the fangs!
And if you think that was confusing – listen to this. The evil fairy was her son wearing a dress! Or to put it another way, the evil fairy’s son was the evil fairy wearing man’s clothing . . . and he may have also had wings . . . but I don’t think he had them all of the time . . .
It’s really hard to choose the best bit, but I have to say I think the finale was the winner – the curse has been broken so wide-awake princess and vampire gardener go to bed, vampire fairies cover them with sheet to protect their modesty (bit too late for that if you ask me, we’ve already seen her bloomers – and who knew ballerinas wore bloomers?!), then vampire fairies lift the sheet and wide awake princess and vampire gardener reappear – holding hands and magically joined by their mutant vampire baby – complete with wings!
Classic . . . an absolute classic!
And in case you’re wondering . . . I did enjoy it – it just wasn’t what I was expecting!