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Theatre

An eclectic mix of fantastical adventures for the young and young of heart! Classics and new writing!

All our productions come with a free worksheet! 

Coming Soon

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Finding Fossils and
Seaside Stories

8th and 9th June 2024
at Fossil Festival
 

Meet Mary and her little dog Tray at the museum where they used to live! Mary is delighted to welcome you to her home! She is excited to show you her brand new plesiosaurus (it turns 200 this year) as well as some of her other discoveries too. She wants to tell you all about her life and what an amazing time it is for science. Today is going to be a busy day! Mary is expecting a very important customer, and her friend Miss Philpot might even pop by. Mary can’t wait to take you to the beach! You will see the famous statue, and you can begin your own journey of discovery!

FREE!

Peter Pan
(The True Story)
by Captain James Hook

June 2024
at Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

We all know the adventures of Peter Pan, but what if we saw the story from another perspective? Captain Hook and his pirates have kidnapped Wendy! But Wendy cleverly turns her interrogation into a storytime adventure, making Hook “begrudgingly” play the part of Peter Pan. Will he get swept up in the play? Can Wendy outsmart him? Can she escape “Peter Pan: the True Story, by Captain James Hook”? Join us on this wonderful adventure to Neverland!

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The Wind in the Willows
(The True Story)
by Rat and Toad

Thursday 25 July 2024
at Summer by the River

Kenneth Grahame’s classic story in an exciting, playful production! Ratty is staging a one-rat show of his eventful life during the period documented in 'The Wind in the Willows'. Unfortunately for Rat, Toad is present and not content to remain in the audience! Creative use of props, puppets, and actors showcase the fun and adventure as well as the mysterious, intangible beauty of this masterpiece, resulting in a performance in equal parts manic and moving!

Past Productions

and Toad!

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Florence Nightingale
and the
Light of Life

2024

Join Florence Nightingale and her little owl Athena on this wonderful adventure that changed the world! Florence wanted to make a difference! She made hospitals safer and patients' lives better. She travelled to war-torn places, saved countless lives and changed the world forever! Live actors and puppetry bring this inspiring true story to life! A little kindness can go a long way.

and Toad!

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Mina Murray: Vampire Hunter
Marauding Monsters

Halloween 2022

There is a reason why you are afraid of the dark... But never fear! Mina Murray: Vampire Hunter and Doctor Abraham Van Helsing V are here, to spook the spooks... but they need your help! Join Mina and the Doctor on this immersive journey, where you will encounter a myriad of marauding monsters! Are you brave enough to encounter the Ghost, or join the Pirates crew? Learn science from Doctor Jekyll, but be careful of Mr Hyde! Dance with a witch and face off against the most powerful vampire of all: Dracula! Can you prevent him from coming through to our time? You may find that you are braver than you think!

and Toad!

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The Wind in the Willows
(The True Story)
by Rat

...and Toad
Spring 2022

Kenneth Grahame’s classic story in an exciting, playful production! Ratty is staging a one-rat show of his eventful life during the period documented in 'The Wind in the Willows'. Unfortunately for Rat, Toad is present and not content to remain in the audience! Creative use of props, puppets, and actors showcase the fun and adventure as well as the mysterious, intangible beauty of this masterpiece, resulting in a performance in equal parts manic and moving!

and Toad!

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The Dancing Elephant 
Summer - Autumn 2021

Mashudu is a young boy who lives with his grandparents. They are very poor and do not have money for much food. One day Mashudu’s grandmother becomes ill and he has no choice but to undertake a perilous journey through the jungle, meeting a whole host of predatory creatures to find the fruit to make her better. But the harsh terrain and predators are far from his only problems! A greedy elephant lives near the trees and wants all their fruit for himself. Can Mashudu get the much-needed fruit to save his grandmother? Or will the elephant take it all for himself? And can he escape the dangers lurking in the jungle? Join us on this wonderful adventure through the jungle!

and Toad!

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The Return of
King Arthur
 
June 2021

Legend has it that King Arthur will return when Britain needs him the most. That time is now! Join King Arthur and the wizard Merlin as they return to the unfamiliar Britain of today, battling fearsome enemies like the steel monsters known as ‘cars’, explore the underground caves of ‘the tube’ and come face to face with the terrifying rail dragon that bears the name of the Flying Scotsman! But they soon find that this Britain is not entirely different. People still need a hero, and now Arthur must assemble his new ‘Knights of the round table’!

and Toad!

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The Secret Garden
Summer and Autumn 2019

Mary Lennox is orphaned in India, and is relocated to a large country house in Yorkshire. Her formerly spoiled ways and grief are tempered by a beautiful and mysterious secret garden and the new friendships she forms. Together these friends begin healing, playing and laughing again and bask in the glory of the

English countryside.

and Toad!

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A Christmas Tail
Christmas 2018

Nissa believes in the magic of Christmas, but her Dad doesn’t, because he remembers how his own father, was always away during the Yuletide celebrations. But Nissa’s Grandad gives her the gift of a very special fox from his workshop that will bring the family together in a joyous celebration of the holidays!

and Toad!

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Spectres of Poe
Halloween 2017

Three of Edgar Allan Poe’s most chilling tales! The Black Cat, The Fall of The House of Usher and The Raven have been woven into a dramatic performance with eerie storytelling, puppetry and gothic frights that will fill you “with fantastic terrors

never felt before”!

and Toad!

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Mary Anning
and the
Sands of Time

2023

Join Mary Anning and her little dog Tray on this wonderful adventure of science and discovery! Mary made her first major discovery when she was just 12 years old and became one of the great British pioneers of fossil hunting! She made discoveries that transformed science as well as our understanding of the natural world! Live actors and prehistoric puppetry bring the Jurassic world to life again! Meet Ammonites, Pterosaurs and Ichthyosaurs and help Mary and Tray uncover amazing creatures from another time! A world of prehistoric life right beneath your feet will appear before your eyes!

and Toad!

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Peter Pan
(The True Story)
by Captain
James Hook

Summer 2022

We all know the adventures of Peter Pan, but what if we saw the story from another perspective? Captain Hook and his pirates have kidnapped Wendy! But Wendy cleverly turns her interrogation into a storytime adventure, making Hook “begrudgingly” play the part of Peter Pan. Will he get swept up in the play? Can Wendy outsmart him? Can she escape “Peter Pan: the True Story, by Captain James Hook”? Join us on this wonderful adventure to Neverland!

and Toad!

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Tarzan: Jane's Storytime Adventure
Easter 2022

Join Jane Porter, the young zoologist as she tells you the tale of how she met her wild man, Tarzan! This fun storytelling event is full of puppets, songs and adventure!

and Toad!

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Night on the Galactic Railroad 
August 2021

A brand new adaptation of Kenji Miyazawa’s classic novel Night on the Galactic Railroad! Giovanni is a young boy, whose father is away at sea, while his mother is ill at home. He is forced to work odd jobs, in order to buy food for his poor family. He has no time to study and his classmates make fun of him for being behind in his schoolwork. Only his friend Campanella is there for him. But one day Giovanni is whisked away on galactic train that takes him across the universe and beyond imagination itself! Join us for this wonderful adventure through

the stars!

and Toad!

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The Wind in the Willows
Socially Distanced
Immersive Walk
Summer 2020

A promenade production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story in an energetic, playful and safe performance!  Showcasing the fun and adventure, as well as the mysterious, intangible beauty of this masterpiece!

 

Adhering to the latest government guidelines on managing the risks related to Covid-19.

and Toad!

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The Wind in the Willows
2018 - 2019

Kenneth Grahame’s classic story in an energetic, playful and faithful production! Creative use of props and scenery, puppets and live actors showcase the fun and adventure, as well as the mysterious, intangible beauty of this masterpiece resulting in a performance in equal parts manic and moving!

and Toad!

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Summer 2018

Frank L. Baum’s classic tale! The colourful world and gentle humanity of Baum’s vision brought to life in a supercharged yet faithful reimagining of the classic novel! Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado, and crash-lands in the land of Oz where she meets the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion on a quest to meet the Wizard of Oz and gain their heart’s desires!

and Toad!

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus
Winter 2022

Santa Claus has been making children happy the world over! So happy, in fact, that very few misbehave any more. But the wicked Daemon has a plan to make the kids naughty again. Kidnapping Santa Claus! Can Whisk the elf free Santa and save Christmas itself? A kidnapped Santa Claus has been described as Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum's most beautiful story and will delight children and adults alike! 

and Toad!

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Amelia Earhart at the
Edge of the Stars
Summer 2022
Summer 2019

Legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared on July 2nd 1937 while attempting the world first circumnavigation of the globe by a female pilot. Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars tells the story of what happened next! After flying into a strange electrical storm, Amelia and Fred land on an unknown island. While trying to fix their radio, mysterious things begin to happen. Missing time, odd transmissions and the curious creatures Laika and Pchyolka, who will help our heroes begin their greatest adventure of all!

and Toad!

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The Sloven: The Train Monster 
Halloween 2021

Stefan Grabinski’s train stories form the basis of this spooky play adapted especially for the whole family. Blazek Boron has been a train conductor for many, many years. He has become jaded with passengers making his life difficult. One night, while training a new conductor, Blazek notices an old familiar smell, like fennel. He knows this smell all too well. It signals the imminent arrival of the Sloven: the train monster made up of lost things left behind by passengers, and disaster always follows in its wake! Can Blazek convince his young recruit of the imminent danger before it is too late, and will the nervous passengers complicate matters further? What does the train monster want and can it be stopped in time? Join us for this wonderful adventure on the railway!

and Toad!

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Tarzan 
Summer 2021

A brand new adaptation of Edgar Rice-Burrough’s classic novel Tarzan! The kindly ape Kala finds an orphaned human baby in the jungle and names him Tarzan. She raises him as her son, but Tarzan has no idea about his origins until newcomers to the island, including young zoologist Jane Porter, bring his human heritage to light and present him with the hardest choice of his life. Join us on a wonderful adventure celebrating the humanity of mankind and beast alike!

and Toad!

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Christmas 2019

This enchanting classic poem is read by many families on the night before Christmas and captures the special magic of the festive season. The poem has been crafted into a dramatic performance with beautiful storytelling, puppetry and Christmas cheer for all to hear!

and Toad!

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Christmas 2018

Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of love, loss and redemption. A Grandfather starts telling his granddaughter the beloved tale when her imagination brings the story to life. This beauitful play clevely uses shadow puppetry and alternate endings enabling you to pick your

favourite version!

and Toad!

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Tales of Christmas Past
Christmas 2017

Three traditional Christmas stories! Old Father Christmas, The Night Before Christmas and A Kidnapped Santa Claus in one dramatic performance with beautiful storytelling, puppetry and Christmas cheer for

all the family!

Audience review of The Wind in the Willows

Socially Distanced Immersive Walk:

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