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The Gift

  • 09 Dec – 23 Dec 2023
  • Lemon Tree

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The Gift

Winner of Best Production for Children and Young People at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2023

Originally commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Capital Theatres and Eden Court Highlands. 

A mountain of discarded wrapping. A lonely child with an active imagination. It’s often the cardboard boxes, not the gifts inside that are the most fun. Is the true gift the joy that can come from the imagination? 

This is a story reversing the idea that it is the wrapping paper, the cardboard boxes and ribbons that should be discarded, and reveals that playfulness, creativity and imagination are the true gifts. This beautiful production celebrates the art of play, taking ordinary objects making them extraordinary and magical. 

“I didn’t realise it didn’t include batteries…!” The disappointment of a toy that doesn’t work – every parent’s nightmare! But not to worry, this will become the best day ever with the arrival of an imagined friend and together they transform the world around them.  

This festive show will ignite a playfulness, inspiring children and their families to find new games together when it’s their turn to open gifts! Ideal for ages 18 months to 8 years.


Twilight Performances on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 of December at 6pm!
Join us for a very special performance, come along in your PJs and enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate while watching the show. The perfect bedtime story.


Group discounts available:

Family of 4+: £8.50 per ticket
Schools: £7 per ticket plus 1 in 10 free

Group and family discount will be automatically applied when the qualifying number of tickets have been added to your basket. To book more than 10 tickets, please contact the box office.

Important information

Run time: 50 minutes, plus 15 minute post-show activity 


Adults £11 | Children £9 | Family of 4+: £8.50 per ticket | Babes in arms for under 12 months only


“Barrowland Ballet’s jewel of a dance theatre show…is a real treat of a show that can’t be recommended enough.” ★★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre 

“The Gift is technically superb, narratively charming, beautifully staged, and genuinely funny.” ★★★★★ The Quinntessential Review 

“An explosion of imagination and unadulterated emotion and glee” ★★★★★ Corr Blimey 

“a dazzling, mesmerising seasonal dance offering… Confirming the ‘less is more’ message, this most apposite Christmas story will have its young audience clapping, giggling, and gazing in wonder from start to finish.” ★★★★★  The Wee Review 

“With a beautiful and playful musical score by Davey Anderson, The Gift offers a fabulous 40 minutes of brightly-coloured fun, with a play session on the snowy stage at the end. And if you want to know what “the gift” is – well, friendship, perhaps; or maybe just the joy of imagination itself.” ★★★★ The Scotsman 

“World-class… one of the finest shows gracing a stage”  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  The Quinntessential Review 



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