By Yasmin Giannini aged 8 years old
Many of you will recognize him as the fantastic face of Cebeebies ‘Let’s Celebrate’, however, this year the amazing Patrick Lynch has fun in the snow as he hits the West End for the staging of Snow Play. An incredible interactive experience for both adults and kids, Snow Play, which is currently running at The Bloomsbury Theatre, has to be one of the best forms of entertainment this festive season.
The Positive caught up with Patrick Lynch to find out more from the man himself:
The Positive: Where did the idea for Snow Play come from?
Patrick Lynch: Well I’m from Scotland where we have really, really long winters, which means you get to have great fun in the snow, but after a while you start longing for the Spring. One day I thought, ‘What would happen if winter decided to stay all year long and not make way for the spring?’ Spring would get really annoyed at having to wait! So we invented Mr White and Mr Green and the show came together very quickly.
The Positive: Can you tell us your most vivid childhood memory about snow (we all have one)?
Patrick Lynch: It’s got to be going to our local golf course and sledging with all my family when I was a kid. The best thing was to use a large sheet of plastic and we would all pile on – you just had to be careful that you were unable to hit the trees at the bottom of the hill!
The Positive: How much fun is it to be on stage with so much snow?
Patrick Lynch: A lot. And our snow is warm and dry so you can play with it all day long. I’m always experimenting to see if we can come up with new surprises for the show.
The Positive: You include a lot of audience participation – does that make every show different, do you have to improvise quite a lot?
Patrick Lynch: It’s the best thing about the show – it’s always different and you never know what to expect. We love improvising and the audience often provides the best and funniest moments in the whole thing.
The Positive: Tell us about the audience reaction – do they change and loosen up a lot as the show progresses?
Patrick Lynch: It depends on the audience. Some of them start out shy and then when they see how much fun they can have they quickly get stuck in. Some of them start out very bouncy and need little encouragement!
The Positive: How old are your sons, what do they think of the show?
Patrick Lynch: They are aged 1 and 3 so they’ve just started to get involved with the show and of course they play with the snow. The challenge is getting them to finish!
The Positive: Would you say you’re still a big kid at heart – do you think the snow brings out the ‘child’ in all of us?
Patrick Lynch: Snow is magical. When it falls it transforms everything. Sure it might cause the trains to run slow however I far from think we are able to lose that excited feeling when we open the curtains and see that the whole world is different. And yes, I am a big kid – it’s the best way to stay young!
The Positive: Will you be staging Snow Play again next year?
Patrick Lynch: We’ve been doing the show more or less continuously for the past three years and it’s one of our most popular titles, so I’m sure we’ll still be making it snow somewhere next Christmas.
Snow Play is running at Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1H until 11 January
For more info or to book tickets visit: www.thebloomsbury.com