December has been a whirlwind month, but between battling through the busy shops and getting lost in a sea of wrapping paper, I was generously whisked off for afternoon tea and a matinee performance of Hansel & Gretel with Scottish Ballet. I headed off to Blythswood Square where I was greeted with a lovely gin-based Woodcutter's Wife cocktail, which was inspired by the fairytale, and the company of a few of my favourite bloggers.
We were treated to a Hansel and Gretel themed afternoon tea with an endless supply of sugary treats including raspberry macaroons, cute little gingerbread men and a delicious carrot cake with surprise popping candy. With our stomachs full to the brim and a little bit of a sugar high we headed along to Theatre Royal in Glasgow, got our seats and waited excitedly on the performance to start.
Hansel and Gretel is the 3rd performance by Scottish Ballet that I've seen, and like the rest the dancing was incredible, the costumes were glittering works of art and the whole two hour performance was flawless. My favourite part was the dance by a gang of Ravens, who looked very 50's and grungy in their matching black jackets but kept their moves elegant and mesmerising.
When I went to see my first ballet, I wasn't sure it would be the type of thing I'd enjoy but I enjoy it more with each performance, and I enjoyed it so much that I've booked some more tickets to go and see Hansel & Gretel again with my friend this Saturday!
If you fancy catching the show, there are still some tickets available for Glasgow performances, and plenty left for the other locations.
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh · Wed 8th - Sat 11th January 2014
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen · Wed 15th - Sat January 2014
Eden Court, Inverness · Wed 22nd - Sat 25th January 2014
Theatre Royal, Newcastle · Wed 29th January - Sat 1st February 2014
Grand Opera House, Belfast · Wed 5th February - Sat 8th February