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This half term (4 – 8 June), Curve has plenty of family activities and great days out for kids. The theatre is the hub of the 10th Spark Children’s Arts Festival, with fantastic family shows in the rehearsal room, studio and theatre. From 6 – 9 June, the theatre will be transformed into a Spark playground of free activities for all the family.
THE SPARK PLAYGROUND (6 – 9 June)
Daily: 11.30am – 12pm & 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Working alongside actors from Dragon Breath Theatre you will have 30 minutes to make up and stage your very own performance.
Daily: 12.30pm – 1pm & 3.15pm – 3.45pm
Come and join our musician in a 30 minute jamboree of music making and singing, with sea shanties galore.
THE BOOK CORNER
This year the book corner returns with the addition of story tellers and moments for a much needed family stretch.
Story Time: 10.30am – 11am & 2.30pm – 3pm
Family Stretch: 12.15pm – 12.45pm & 3.30pm – 4pm
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June only at 11am, 12.45pm & 2pm
Join the brilliant Dragon Breath performers as they help you play and explore your very own shadow stories.There will also be a dressing up box, craft area and games corner.
Best of all, these are free events, so please come along between 10am and 4pm and enjoy.
Thursday 24 May – Saturday 2 June
Presented by Dragon Breath Theatre and Curve Theatre, Leicester
Based on the classic book by Jonathan Swift World premiere of a new stage adaptation for schools and family audiences aged 9+
TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES
29 May – 1 June
From the creators of The Gruffalo, this is a magical collection of Julia Donaldson’s most popular titles including Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town, A Squash and a Squeeze and many more favourites.
Suitable for ages 3+
Adapted from the bestselling books by Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators ofThe Gruffalo).
31 May – 2 June
Rehearsal Room Performance
Welcome you to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. White is a playful show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience perfect for 2-4 year olds.
SUNFLOWERS AND SHEDS
6 – 7 June
Rehearsal Room Performance
A heart-warming tale of friendship, family and fun on the allotment.
Suitable for ages 5+SWAMP JUICE
6 – 7 June 2012
“a shadow puppet play of countless props, brilliant effects and elemental danger” **** Whatsonstage.com
After the success of Jeff Achtem’s first show; Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones comes the dazzling Swamp Juice. This is a swamp like no other. Bickering toads, overbearing fairies and a rather gentle swamp monster. Using mind-blowing shadow puppetry, acclaimed Canadian performer Jeff Achtem brings his astonishing award-winning show about life in a swamp, with a stunning, jaw dropping 3D finale.
Suitable for ages 7+
FLY BY NIGHT
6 – 9 June 2012
Theatre Performance in promenade style
Serenaded by sounds from a musical bed, dancers run with the moon, snooze in the air and fly to the top of the stairs. With play at heart and with family in mind, bedtimes, dreams and sleep come easily in Fly by Night.
Suitable for 3-6 year olds
8 June 2012
Inspired by the work of artist René Magritte, audiences can expect trademark playfulness in which the most extraordinary objects are imaginatively brought to life, a flipper dance which is laugh-out-loud funny, and a dance with ladders which takes your breath away.
Suitable for ages 4+
Tickets and Information: 0116 242 3595 / www.curveonline.co.uk
Spark festival runs from 28 May – 10 June 2012, www.sparkfestival.co.uk
White /Nubes / Swamp Juice are part of Jump In, East Midlands’ Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival bringing work of international touring companies and artists to venues across the region over the summer as part of the Cultural Olympiad.