Lots of sur­prises in store with Big Imag­i­na­tions fest

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

THE Big Imag­i­na­tions Fes­ti­val is back and will be show­cas­ing the best in chil­dren and fam­ily theatre for 22 days this au­tumn.

The fes­ti­val takes place from October 19 to Novem­ber 5 at 21 venues all over the North West: from Liver­pool’s Royal Phil­har­monic Hall to li­braries, vil­lage halls and grand au­di­to­ri­ums.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies are in­vited to choose from nine per­for­mances and ex­pe­ri­ence the won­der­ful magic of chil­dren’s theatre.

This year The Atkin­son in South­port will take part with Handa’s Sur­prise from Lit­tle An­gel Theatre Com­pany, Gran­ny­locks/The Mon­strous Duck­ling, Zom­bie-rella/ Blood-red Hood by Joseph Coelho, Body Of Light from Dar­ren Pritchard and Hap­pily Ever After from Ac­tion Transport.

With an in­cred­i­ble mix of re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists and per­form­ers, the Big Imag­i­na­tions fes­ti­val prom­ises fan­tas­tic fun for fam­i­lies, trans­port­ing them to lands full of fairy tales (good and bad), amaz­ing light shows, mu­sic from around the world, beau­ti­ful pup­petry and an­cient fa­bles.

Dar­ren Pritchard’s Body Of Light weaves its magic through dance, pre­sent­ing a seam­less land­scape of flow­ing images.

In Hap­pily Ever After, The Prince isn’t im­pressed with any of the princesses his mother wants him to marry, un­til one day a princess ar­rives with her brother.

There’s some­thing for tinier tots too.

Lit­tle An­gel Theatre mix pup­petry, live mu­sic and song in Handa’s Sur­prise, a vi­brant story of a lit­tle girl in Kenya tak­ing dif­fer­ent fruits past a few mis­chievous an­i­mals to sur­prise her best friend.

Award-win­ning per­for­mance poet Joseph Coelho fresh­ens up fa­mil­iar chil­dren’s sto­ries in his Fairy tales Gone Bad, with two per­for­mances de­signed for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages, Gran­ny­locks/The Mon­strous Duck­ling is for chil­dren aged three plus while Zom­bie-rella/ Blood Red Hood is aimed at chil­dren aged six plus.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to: www.bigimag­i­na­tions. co.uk/fes­ti­val

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