A Review of Ice House The Lemon Tree Aberdeen– Looking for something totally different this Christmas? A calming, quiet, gentle experience for you and the kids? Then the zen like Ice House runs till 22 December 2019, and it might be for you…
Who’s the Target Audience?
The Ice House is aimed at children aged 7 and under, but I think it’ll appeal to anyone willing to feel the magic of Christmas. Its gentle nature means it should also work well for those who prefer less sensory stimulation. With a running time of 45 minutes, with no interval, it’s ideal for wee ones with a shorter attention span.
What’s the Vibe?
This is the third year we’ve experienced the Lemon Tree’s family Christmas show, and they always make me melt inside. If a Pantomime is the equivalent of a mad, ace party, then the Ice House is like curling up under a blanket, as a heavy carpet of snow mysteriously silences the world outside.
What’s the Story?
The minute the production starts the magic begins. The music is meditative, the two characters, Clip and Clop, are like childhood dolls that have come to life, and the premise is delightfully simple. Clip and Clop, two quirky Christmas decorations, disappear into a Christmas card to visit the far, far north. This polar region is simply decorated with their beloved snowflake and animal Christmas tree decorations. A gentle wind blows on the audience as Clip and Clop head off on their adventures.
Why it Works
All things considered, the two actors only work with a Christmas tree, and a ‘polar landscape’ featuring white cardboard cut outs. The magic comes from light projections, mesmeric music, a lightly spoken, humorous script and lashings of imagination. The innocence of the performance is heart-warming – you leave with greater appreciation for friendship, gentleness and warmth.
If you’d prefer a slightly more mindful Christmas, then this is a festive production that truly keeps you in the moment. The Lemon Tree shows transport me to an innocent place, and make me feel like a child again. Junior was transfixed from start to finish.
When you arrive at the Lemon Tree you can hang up your coats, get rid of your boots and brollies, and relax. There’s Christmas colouring-in sheets to keep the little ones entertained until you’re summoned through to the studio.
The setting of the Ice House is an intimate studio theatre. Upon entering the studio there’s a cluster of black and white fluffy cushions on the ground, an arch of fluffy stools, and a row of chairs. Parents and children can sit wherever they want. It’s very informal, and if anyone desires to move midway through a performance they can. The audience is small, I’m guessing around 30-40 people.
Tickets are £12.10 for adults, and £9.90 for Under 16s, which is reasonable when compared to other festive performances. Take a look at the prices and timings here.
-Parking – The nearest and easiest parking is the Frederick Street car park, approximately three minutes walk from the venue.
-Show timings are 10.30am and 1.30pm.
-A relaxed performance is available on Saturday 14th December at 1.30pm.
-Find the Ice House at The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT, 01224 641122.