Photo: Gavin Joynt

I have two children, a girl and a boy with a three and a quarter year gap between them.  When they were younger, we used to be out at the theatre seeing work constantly.  There came a point in their growing when my daughter, as the eldest, became more discerning about the world and wasn’t so sure about magical things anymore.  It then became more difficult to find work that they both liked.  The aim of The Boy with the Rollerblades, is that will appeal to all ages – to have hints of both magic and reality.  It is about connecting with the adult in the child and the child in the adult.  Even though all the ice in the world may have melted, we still have snow!  As we become adults it is about maintaining a child-like wonder with how we marvel at the world.’

– Balbir Singh

‘The Boy with the Rollerblades is an exciting and safe space for children to learn about the climate crisis without fear.  It is a positive, creative response to world events that supports, educates, inspires and nurtures climate awareness in children.’

– Kimberley Hardy

Photo: Gavin Joynt

BSDC’s 2 year partnership with Magna and Children & the Arts (CATA) aided over 700 children across 4 Rotherham primary schools achieve both ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ Arts Awards.  The Boy with the Rollerblades was an integral part of inspiring the work the children made to attain these fabulous Arts Awards.

Stuart Ballard, Education Manager at Magna, was thrilled with the skating theme of the performance, commenting on Rotherham’s role in the production of ice-skates. When discussing the work he shared: “In decades gone by, Rotherham steel was used to create the many thousands of pairs of ice skates which the city exported to America. As a result of them being manufactured locally, the story goes that many children in the area owned a pair of Rotherham steel ice skates – and yet they had no ice to skate on! That’s just one of the reasons it’s particularly pleasing to have such a major figure from the world of skating coming to our city to give the story new relevance and meaning.”

BSDC is also exploring how community-based workshops for young adults – on ice or on rollerblades – could build wider community involvement: the company’s long experience of making dance and movement accessible to people of all abilities, provides an additional dimension to the piece.