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We're walking in the air
Based on Raymond Brigg's best-selling children's book, this magical tale couldn't have come at a better time with icy conditions finally hitting the UK.
In the world of The Snowman, we see the adventures which can happen when a child's dream comes true and the snowman he has created in his garden comes to life.
Together they play tricks and games, they fly through the air to a world of ice and snow and they become the very best of friends.
The Snowman at Birmingham Rep
It may be cold outside but this is a heart-warming tale of a very different kind of friendship which is beloved by adults and generations of children.
This Birmingham Repertory Theatre production was first created in 1993 by the theatre's then artistic director Bill Alexander and composer Howard Blake – famous for creating the hit song Walking in the Air. More than 20 years later it's still as fresh as ever to children seeing it with new eyes.
Designed by Ruari Murchison, The Snowman is a kaleidoscope of colour from the dancing pineapples who appear out of the fridge and launch into a limbo dance to the icicle-clad Jack Frost.
Jack Frost in The Snowman
Oscar Couchman as The Boy perfectly captures that air of wonder when he discovers his creation is now brought to life. And James Leece is full of fun and action as The Snowman, successfully managing to convey laughter and tenderness despite his hefty costume.
On this press night a technical hitch in the final flying scene held up the action for around 15 minutes but nobody seemed to mind and there was a huge sigh of relief when the show resumed.
The Snowman is a Birmingham Rep favourite and it's good to see it back in its true home for another run.