Today I met Peregrine, one of the cast of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He’s been performing for years at theatres up and down the country, he smells of Pantene shampoo and is currently eating hay in our scene dock. Oh, and he’s a pony.
Peregrine stars in La Fille mal gardee, and at 14 years old, is used to being in the limelight. He travels with his owner George to performances across the country.
To keep him in top condition for his appearances, he is taken out to graze whenever possible and spends a lot of time eating whilst waiting for his moment on the boards. He’s also washed in the finest shampoo to keep his mane shiny and tangle free, and is sprayed with dog grooming lotion to make sure he’s gleaming!
Although Peregrine has already been on stage for years, and has appeared in ballets, operas and pantomimes, he’s still got a long career in front of him. Peregine’s predecessor retired a couple of years ago at the grand old age of 32 – and is now living with George up in Scotland.
Just when I thought that there were no more suprises around the corner at the Theatre Royal…