Hannah and I would both like to thank the STAR Charity for funding our visit to The Lion King at The Bristol Hippodrome as a 17th birthday treat for Hannah.
I picked Hannah up from college in Bridgewater and we set off for Bristol. My satnav was bringing us into Bristol over the Clifton Suspension Bridge which Hannah mentioned she had never been over. Since we had plenty of time, I suggested we stopped and walked over the bridge, which we did. Hannah didn’t think she had ever been so high above ground level before. Hannah mentioned how tiny the cars looked below and noticed three red cars following one another. We checked out the information board which explains that there are several plant species which grow nowhere else in the UK and Hannah noted that these all had “Bristol” in their name e.g. the Bristol Onion…
We walked back to the car and drove across the bridge and on into the city centre arriving at The Hippodrome shortly before the doors opened. Our seats were high up and as we waited for the performance to start, Hannah remembered her only other visit to the Hippodrome which was to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a few years ago.
The lights went down, the drumbeat began, and we were mesmerised by the colourful costumes, athletic dancers, clever scenery and wonderful voices of the actors. This really was a “London standard” production. Hannah was entranced. Of course, we both knew the story of The Lion King and the various characters however, as Iistened , I realised that “Hakuna Matata” is a philosophy for life, putting the past behind you and looking to the future which seemed particularly pertinent for a child in the care system.
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy
All too soon it seemed, the performance finished, and the audience gave a standing ovation.
On our journey home, we discussed our favourite characters and actors and Hannah declared that it had been a fantastic show.
I chose a route out of Bristol which took us along the Portway so that we drove under the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was all lit up against the dark sky and we marvelled at how, only a few hours before, we had stood on the bridge and looked down at the tiny red cars below…..it seemed like a lifetime ago…
Hannah summed up her thoughts on the performance by saying “it was magical, the actors made the animals come alive”