1. Theatre-Rites: Rubbish (Southbank)
“A clever and charming puppetry show, with brilliant actors, and the sweetest washing up glove man…”
Puppeteers show children of 5+ and their adults how to create magic with the contents of a bin bag. Running from 11 April – 1 June, Southbank Centre, London, and on tour. One of the UK’s most celebrated theatre companies for children imagines a world that celebrates its rubbish; where at the touch of a puppeteer’s hand, the contents of a bin bag can come alive before your eyes, giving new life to discarded items whilst engaging with the ideas of recycling.
2. English National Ballet’s My First Ballet: Coppélia
“It was cool and brilliant how they did the pirouette and the point-work on their feet, well done to the inventor, you should go and see the show…” Billie (7)
(The Peacock Theatre)Family Time : A reinvention of Ronald Hynd’s classic ballet for children over 3. Running from 5 April – 25 May 2014, at The Peacock Theatre, London and then on tour. English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present the third in their My First Ballet series with Coppélia, the comic tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll, based on Ronald Hynd’s original production. Last year’s creative team of Gavin Sutherland and ENB’s Associate Artist George Williamson, will be collaborating again to bring young audiences their first taste of ballet, with captivating music and beautiful choreography performed by students of the English National Ballet School.
3. Betsy and the Wise Wizard (Dulwich)
From 8th to 15th April, Betsy and the Wise Wizard is on a premiere mini tour of southeast London (Waggly Tales theatre company). Shows are on at three of our favourite fantastic family-friendly pubs and we are very excited to be performing at a new venue, Dulwich Villages’ family favourite The Dog, (Crown and Greyhound). Tickets are priced at £7, except babes in arms, who go free. They will also be offering post-show Waggly Workshops after all the shows bar one, for children aged 3 to 7. These offer a chance for your kids to interact with characters from the show, sing, improvise and let their imaginations run riot! Please note that only the child attending the workshop needs a ticket priced at £10.
4. The Velveteen Rabbit & At The End of Everything Else (The Unicorn, London Bridge)
Catch The Velveteen Rabbit. The charming production of the classic story about a very shy toy rabbit who just wants to become real from 21 Mar (for ages 4+). Or The End of Everything Else is performed with puppetry, animation, music, sound and only the collective energy of the team on stage to generate all the power needed for the show. Join the Unicorn for a truly unique performance by Mark Arends, writer/director of award-winning Something Very Far Away, which captivated audiences and received rave reviews across the UK.
5. She Would Walk The Sky (Roundhouse, Camden)
Leave the real world at the door with this captivating and stylish new production from the team behind the international smash-hit Cantina. Recent building works on the foundations of the Roundhouse unearthed a small, ornate black box. In the box was a book, the yellowed pages of which carried words written in an unknown language. The Roundhouse asked Company 2 to translate, and the result is a show of wonder, of gasps and subtle grandeur; She Would Walk The Sky is an epic poem told in grand circus, raw sound and sparse, beautiful words.£22.50 & £27.50 (Sun-Thu) & £24.50 & £29.50 (Fri-Sat) & £15 Under 16s & *Fees are £1.50 per transaction. & Minimum age guidance 8+. & Running time: 70 minutes (approx), and Originally Produced by Brisbane Powerhouse & Co-Produced by Lady Torpedo Productions & Supported by Flipside Circus