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Half Moon Theatre in London features Bright Sparks this season

What’s on in London in January 2017 (scroll down for December)

LONDON Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL. Box Office: +44 (0)20 7503 1646. www.arcolatheatre.com THE CHERRY ORCHARD 15 Feb-25 Mar 2017. Age: 11+ • VARIOUS PERFORMANCE TIMES. £10/£19 • Madame Ranevsky has come home to her family estate, and the cherry orchard is just as glorious as ever. But debts are beginning to pile up, and a momentous change is brewing… Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece is a gleaming and shattering drama about a family on the edge of ruin, and a nation on the brink of revolution. The acclaimed English version by Trevor Griffiths, author of Comedians and Party, comes to London for the very first time in a major new production from Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. Arcola’s Revolution Ensemble perform the play, following Gorky’s The Lower Depths, on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. A must see show for A level English literature and drama students.

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LONDON Children’s Story Centre. Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ; 020 8536 5555; www.discover.org.uk story world Stories. Term Time Monday-Thursday: Ground Floor Story World open 10am-5pm. Friday-Sunday and Newham School Holidays: All floors open 10am-5pm. On Saturdays the First Floor Story World will open at 11:15am. Let your imagination run wild in our exciting indoor Story World, spread over two new floors of stories and play. Join our resident space alien, Hootah, on a story collecting mission. On his planet, Squiggly Diggly, everyone has run out of imagination. And that means no stories! Now he’s staying here looking for new ones, can you help him create a story to take home? On the Ground Floor find your way through giant trees, take a trip on a special steam ship and venture in to Hootah’s Hollow. Meanwhile on the First Floor, children can climb a crow’s nest to the clouds and crew the control panel on Hootah’s Observatron. Story Garden: Slide down a monster’s tongue. Open every day, 10am-5pm. Take your adventures outside into the Story Garden where you can slide down a monster’s tongue, climb on a space craft, sail away in a pirate ship, enjoy a story in the story glade and play with giant musical instruments.

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LONDON Polka Theatre Adventure Theatre, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB; 020 8543 4888; visit www.polkatheatre.com BABE, THE SHEEP PIG 25 Nov-5 Feb. Ages 5-11 Meet the little pig with big dreams this winter, in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. How to hide a lion 12 Nov-14 Feb. Ages 1-2. Helen Stephens’ story about hiding a lion and finding a friend.When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. It’s not easy – lions are too big, too fluffy and too heavy! Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens’ book comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs. Adapted by Peter Glanville (the director behind The Paper Dolls and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt), with beautiful music by singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.

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LONDON Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ. Box Office: 020 7645 0560; boxofficestaff@unicorntheatre.com; www.unicorntheatre.com Boing! 30 Nov – 1 Jan 2017. Age: 2-6 • A Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic production. Who can sleep on Christmas eve? Directed by Sally Cookson. Choreographed by Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel. This piece of dance-theatre captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. There are beds to be jumped on, pillows to be fought with, seas to be sailed…On this most extraordinary night, let your imagination soar right up to the stars. Following in their tradition of bringing enchanting shows for small children to venues up and down the country, Travelling Light have created this show to get your feet tingling and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds. This is a deaf-friendly show. UNTIL YOU HEAR THAT BELL 10-15 Jan. Age: 13+ • £10/£16. 1 hr. Various perf time • COMMISSIONED BY AND DEVELOPED WITH BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE. Performed and written by Sean Mahoney. Directed by Yael Shavit. Movement Director Helen Heaslip. Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about amateur boxing and family. It’s about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it. THE IRON MAN 24 Jan – 5 Mar 2017 Age: 4-7 • £7.50. Two relaxed performances available. Various perf times • A UNICORN PRODUCTION By Ted Hughes. Created by Matthew Robins. The Iron Man has been eating every single piece of metal in sight: tractors, old cars, fences – right down to the last rusty nail, destroying farms everywhere. The angry farmers try and trap him, but in the end it’s down to a young boy to try and tame the monster. Using paper-cut silhouettes, puppetry and stop-motion animation Matthew Robins (Something Very Far Away), recreates the world of The Iron Man so vividly that you’ll feel you are there. His distinctive handmade and visual style of storytelling lets you watch this atmospheric tale being created live onstage. THE PARTY ISN’T QUITE OVER YET 31 Jan-6 Mar 2017 Age: 7-13 • Schools tickets from £7.50. Teacher CPD: Wed 11 Jan, 4.30-7pm. FREE • By Ignace Cornelissen. Translated and directed by Purni Morell. You can’t dance with the prince. I don’t want the competition. There was once a cleaner who married a prince. They lived happily ever after. But that’s not where the story ends… The prince got ditched five years ago. His mum thinks he needs to get back out there and meet someone, so she’s throwing a party – which is good news for Daisy. Daisy has a plan; everything is lining up perfectly and she’s going to bag her prince. But Charlotte arrives, somewhat unexpectedly, and Daisy’s not happy about it. Written by Belgian playwright, Ignace Cornelissen (Henry the Fifth) and directed by Unicorn’s Artistic Director, Purni Morell (The Velveteen Rabbit and Baddies: the Musical), The Hunting Lodge is a playful side-swipe at society’s obsessions with celebrity and its unrealistic romantic ideals. This is modern and feisty love story gone wrong for tweens and teens everywhere. If you are attending a relaxed performance, a visual story will be made available ahead of your visit. Contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book. CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE Thursday 23 February 2017, 19.00 RELAXED PERFORMANCE Tuesday 21 February 2017, 11.00 TOUCH TOURS Saturday 25 February 2017, 14.00 Tuesday 28 February 2017, 11.00.

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LONDON Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND; 020 7709 8900; www.halfmoon.org.uk THE COLOUR OF ME Sat 7 Jan. Age: 3-7 • 11am & 2pm, Running Time: 45 mins• Wriggle Dance Theatre presents the magical world of colour. Can you feel the excitement of the deep blue sea, the green peacefulness of nature, or bravely go where no child has ever been – inside an orange? But watch out for red, who is sometimes very cross. Come and experience the beautiful rainbow of emotions that lives inside each and every one of us. What colour are you today? With live music and projection, this interactive dance theatre performance promises to delight, tickle and inspire young audiences. #TheColourOfMe Wow! Said the Owl Sat 14 Jan. Age: 2-5 • 11am & 2pm, Running Time: 35 mins• Little Angel Theatre prodcution. Explore the wow-world of colours with this curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings. From the warm pink glow of dawn through to a day filled with the bright colours of green leaves, blue sky, grey clouds and, finally, a stunning rainbow — wow! But despite the beauty of the daytime world, the little owl decides that the night-time stars are the most beautiful of all. Based on the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood, Wow! Said the Owl is brought to life through a blend of beautiful storytelling, puppetry and music. #Wow Pat-a-Cake Baby Sat 21 Jan Age: 2-8 • 11am & 2pm. Running Time: 45 mins • Long Nose Puppets presents Pat-a-Cake Baby. Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s pat-a-cake time! Pitter-patter – get the butter! Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky – add the eggs! Based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray, of Gomez. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim with magic. At the end of the performance children are invited onto the stage to meet the puppets. #PatACakeBaby A Square World Fri 27-Sat 28 Jan Age: 3-6 • 11am & 2pm. Running Time: 40 mins • Daryl Beeton presents A Square World. An honest, touching and quirky story of three friends and what happens when an unexpected change throws everyone into disarray, leaving one of them left out in the cold. Together they decide to redefine the rules of the square world in which they live and soon discover their lives won’t be square ever again! A Square World looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world designed for everyone but yourself. This delightful story uses simple design and object manipulation to create an imaginative world where anything can happen. At the end of the performance there is an opportunity to shape your own unique friend. #ASquareWorld

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LONDON Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN; 020 7226 1787; www.littleangeltheatre.com A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS 26 Nov-29 Jan Age: 7+ Little Angel Theatre with Kneehigh. Based on a short story by Gabriel García Márquez. The world’s been sad since Tuesday. The child has a fever and is hotter than a fish on a spit, the dog chases its tail, Mother dreams of a new broom and Father gazes out to sea. The whole village is on the brink. Then the sky gets frisky, the sea rears up and, in a bolt of lightning, a very old man with enormous wings crashes to earth in a flurry of feathers. Nothing will ever be the same again! ME… Thursday 8 December 2016 – Sunday 29 January 2017 Ages 2-6 Presented by Little Angel Theatre. The world is a very big place, especially for a tiny baby penguin who is just finding her feet. The shimmering stars and glistening snow spin around our little hero, while the mountains tower high and the wind rushes to and fro. And although baby penguin may be small, her family know she’s the biggest thing of all.
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What’s on in London in December 2016

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LONDON Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL. Box Office: +44 (0)20 7503 1646. www.arcolatheatre.com the selfish giant 7-16 Dec 2016 Age: 6+ Every afternoon, as they were coming home from school, the children used to play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop their games in order to listen to them. ‘How happy we are here!’ they cried to each other… Until one day, when the giant came back… Arcola’s award-winning Creative Engagement Department present Oscar Wilde‘s The Selfish Giant, newly adapted for the stage by poet and playwright Richard O’Brien.
LONDON Children’s Story Centre. Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ; 020 8536 5555; www.discover.org.uk story world Stories. Term Time Monday-Thursday: Ground Floor Story World open 10am-5pm. Friday-Sunday and Newham School Holidays: All floors open 10am-5pm. On Saturdays the First Floor Story World will open at 11:15am. Let your imagination run wild in our exciting indoor Story World, spread over two new floors of stories and play. Join our resident space alien, Hootah, on a story collecting mission. On his planet, Squiggly Diggly, everyone has run out of imagination. And that means no stories! Now he’s staying here looking for new ones, can you help him create a story to take home? On the Ground Floor find your way through giant trees, take a trip on a special steam ship and venture in to Hootah’s Hollow. Meanwhile on the First Floor, children can climb a crow’s nest to the clouds and crew the control panel on Hootah’s Observatron. Story Garden: Slide down a monster’s tongue. Open every day, 10am-5pm. Take your adventures outside into the Story Garden where you can slide down a monster’s tongue, climb on a space craft, sail away in a pirate ship, enjoy a story in the story glade and play with giant musical instruments.
LONDON Polka Theatre Adventure Theatre, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB; 020 8543 4888; visit www.polkatheatre.com BABE, THE SHEEP PIG 25 Nov-5 Feb. Ages 5-11 Meet the little pig with big dreams this winter, in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. how to hide a lion 12 Nov-14 Feb. Ages 1-2. Helen Stephens’ story about hiding a lion and finding a friend.When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. It’s not easy – lions are too big, too fluffy and too heavy! Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens’ book comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs. Adapted by Peter Glanville (the director behind The Paper Dolls and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt), with beautiful music by singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.
LONDON Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ. Box Office: 020 7645 0560; boxofficestaff@unicorntheatre.com; www.unicorntheatre.com Baddies: the Musical is back! 15 Nov – 31 Dec 2016 Age: 6+ Book and Lyrics by Nancy Harris. Music and Lyrics by Marc Teitler. Story by Nancy Harris and Marc Teitler. Directed by Purni Morell. The Big Bad Wolf’s in trouble – he’s been ripped out of his story and thrown in jail for being too good at being bad. But playing the villain’s the best part, everyone knows that… Along with fellow offenders Rumpelstiltskin, The Ugly Sisters and Captain Hook, the Big Bad Wolf is determined to find out who’s decided to change the fairytale rulebook and why. How are you supposed to tell who the good guys are when there are no baddies around? Boing! 30 Nov – 1 Jan 2017. Age: 2-6 A Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic production. Who can sleep on Christmas eve? Directed by Sally Cookson. Choreographed by Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel. This piece of dance-theatre captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. There are beds to be jumped on, pillows to be fought with, seas to be sailed…On this most extraordinary night, let your imagination soar right up to the stars. Following in their tradition of bringing enchanting shows for small children to venues up and down the country, Travelling Light have created this show to get your feet tingling and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds. This is a deaf-friendly show.
LONDON Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND; 020 7709 8900; www.halfmoon.org.uk big wow Small Wonder Sat 3 Dec Ages 4-9 3pm. Justin is the smallest boy in the whole town. So small the class bully, Bother Boots Bradley, wants to catch him and keep him as his new pet. Justin just wants to be like his giant Dad, but when he finds out his Dad is not the Big Wow, he sets off on a journey to find who – or what – the Big Wow really is! With the help of a pigeon, the Mountain (who sounds a lot like his Grandad) and the World Ant Weightlifting Champion, Justin soon realises that being big might not be all it’s bigged up to be. Moon Theatre for one performance after a successful run earlier this year. People Are People Fri 9 & Mon 12 Dec Ages 14 Fri 1.30pm & 4.30pm / Mon 4.30pm & 7pm How do I feel? I’m not special like a snowflake. Maybe some people think I’m a freak, maybe I think that sometimes. I don’t know. It changes. Using physical theatre, framed within an evocative soundscape, People Are People weaves the real words, stories and voices of young people into a powerful exploration of gender identity. The Girl and the Giraffe Sat 10 Dec Ages 3-6 11am & 2pm. One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with… Giraffe! As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn’t get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child’s perspective.
LONDON Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN; 020 7226 1787; www.littleangeltheatre.com A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS 26 Nov-29 Jan Age: 7+ Little Angel Theatre with Kneehigh. Based on a short story by Gabriel García Márquez. The world’s been sad since Tuesday. The child has a fever and is hotter than a fish on a spit, the dog chases its tail, Mother dreams of a new broom and Father gazes out to sea. The whole village is on the brink. Then the sky gets frisky, the sea rears up and, in a bolt of lightning, a very old man with enormous wings crashes to earth in a flurry of feathers. Nothing will ever be the same again! ME… Thursday 8 December 2016 – Sunday 29 January 2017 Ages 2-6 Presented by Little Angel Theatre. The world is a very big place, especially for a tiny baby penguin who is just finding her feet. The shimmering stars and glistening snow spin around our little hero, while the mountains tower high and the wind rushes to and fro. And although baby penguin may be small, her family know she’s the biggest thing of all.

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