Age 18 months – 5 years
A mountain of discarded wrapping. A lonely child with an active imagination.
It’s often the cardboard boxes, not the gifts inside that are the most fun.
Is the true gift the joy that can come from the imagination?
This is a story reversing the idea that it is the wrapping paper, the cardboard boxes and ribbons that should be discarded, and reveals that playfulness, creativity and imagination are the true gifts. This beautiful production celebrates the art of play, taking ordinary objects making them extraordinary and magical.
“I didn’t realise it didn’t include batteries…!” The disappointment of a toy that doesn’t work – every parent’s nightmare! But not to worry, this will become the best day ever with the arrival of an imagined friend and together they transform the world around them.
This festive show will ignite a playfulness, inspiring children and their families to find new games together when it’s their turn to open gifts!
Originally commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Capital Theatres and Eden Court Highlands.
Awarded Best Production for Children and Young People at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2023.
Nominated for the 2023 CATS awards:
Category – Best Production for Children and Young People.
Category – Best Design
- Creator and Choreographer
Joanne Pirrie and Rander Martins
- Composer and Sound Designer
- Original Set Designer | Adaption Set Designer
Fred Pommerehn | Ruben San Roman
- Lighting Designer
Craig Fleming | Alberto Santos Bellido
- Costume Designer
- Production Manager
Craig Fleming| Alberto Santos Bellido
- Producing Team
Nicola Denman, Jo Walmsley