The Boy with the Rollerblades

Once there was a famous ice skater called Gary. Gary skated all over the world. He was always on his skates. Then one day the ice began to melt . . .

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Photo: Gavin Joynt

The Boy with the Rollerblades is a work for children showcasing the mesmerising talents of world figure skating champion Gary Beacom.

A winter tale for our times, The Boy with the Rollerblades takes the audience on an imaginative journey that will thrill and inspire.

The Boy with the Rollerblades will delight children of all ages – and adults too – with its poetic tale of a boy whose magical talent is put to the test when all of the ice in the world begins to melt.

Featuring Balbir’s signature mix of classical north Indian Kathak and contemporary dance styles, The Boy with the Rollerblades is performed to live music that blends traditional Indian sounds with jazz.

A treat for all ages with timely emphasis on climate change and what we can all do to make a difference.

Illustration: David Andrassy

More about The Boy with the Rollerblades

To devise The Boy with the Rollerblades, Balbir Singh brought together a number of musicians and dancers, including Kathak dancer [insert name] and dancers from [insert name] dance company.

Gary’s natural playfullness energised everyone as they explored how the Boy would navigate ‘a world without ice.’


“It’s about the work being bigger than the sum of its parts as an audience experience. It is designed so they don’t focus on one element alone – be it the rollerblader, musician, storyteller or dancer – they all work together to allow the storytelling experience to dance with their imaginations and make them think in a way they maybe haven’t before, about who they are and about the world around them.”

Balbir Singh

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