The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - GIVE IT A GO -

Fol­low­ing sell-out shows in March it’s dads and daugh­ters tak­ing cen­trestage in the fi­nal week of Sea­son4 of Plat­form8, Jumped Up’s fourth fes­ti­val of the­atre for Peter­bor­ough, from April 18-22.

Plat­form8 are twiceyearly the­atre-fes­ti­vals cre­ated by Peter­bor­ough’s Jumped Up The­atre in part­ner­ship with Lon­don’s award-win­ning Bat­tersea Arts Cen­tre. The shows come from in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed the­atre-mak­ers and pop up all across the city, in pubs, com­mu­nity cen­tres, churches, com­mu­nity gar­dens, sports clubs, shop­ping cen­tres, as well as the­atres. Sponge at St John’s Church, Cathe­dral Square (April 19, 20 and 21) sees ba­bies, young chil­dren and fam­i­lies in­vited to roll, squeeze and pop them­selves through Sponge, a new squidgy dance show which in­cludes moun­tains of sponges and is es­pe­cially de­signed by early years spe­cial­ists Turned On Its Head, for chil­dren aged 4 months to 4 years, and their fam­i­lies.

A friendly dad and daugh­ter duo take the young au­di­ence through a jour­ney of squishy, squashy en­vi­ron­ments, with ever-chang­ing shapes and tex­tures, in­clud­ing a leggy char­ac­ter Splegs, who needs a bit of help walk­ing. The show is all set to a funky 1970s’ sound­track, in­clud­ing disco favourites The Hus­tle and Car Wash, and builds to the whole au­di­ence be­ing in­vited to come on­stage to dance and play with the per­form­ers and their moun­tain of sponges.

And look out for Death Cafe on Wed­nes­day (18th) at Bewiched cof­fee shop on Bridge Street (5.307.30pm). Drop in for a cof­fee and a chat about one of life’s great­est mys­ter­ies, and cer­tain­ties - death. Kate Hall, Plat­form8’s pro­ducer says: “We have be­come very aware as to how talk­ing about death is dif­fi­cult for many peo­ple, in­clud­ing our­selves some­times. So we have de­cided to host a Death Café as part of the fes­ti­val, and Bewiched on Bridge Street have very kindly of­fered to be the venue.” Death Cafés is a na­tional, in­for­mal net­work where peo­ple, of­ten strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and dis­cuss death. Their aim is not to pro­vide coun­selling or grief sup­port but ‘to in­crease aware­ness of death with a view to help­ing peo­ple make the most of their (fi­nite) lives’. Bring your cu­rios­ity and have a will­ing­ness to learn and share your thoughts, feel­ing and ques­tions with other like-minded peo­ple. And fi­nally, Anony­mous (11am, 1pm and 2.30pm, Sun­day, April 22, at Ser­pen­tine Green.) URock The­atre Com­pany have a new en­sem­ble of young cre­atives, aged 18+, who have been ex­plor­ing one of their favourite sub­jects – the in­ter­net. This de­vised show ex­plores how ev­ery­thing from social media to gam­ing can be both pos­i­tive and de­struc­tive – we can’t put the ge­nie back in the bottle – so what are we go­ing to do with it? Fa­thers and daugh­ters are in­vited to book them­selves in for a free pho­to­shoot with Thomas By­ron Pho­tog­ra­phy, cour­tesy of Plat­form8 to cel­e­brate two of their shows hav­ing fa­ther / daugh­ter re­la­tion­ships at the heart of them. Go to the Jumped Up The­atre web­site to book on or pop along to the Vi­vac­ity Shop (next to Claire’ Ac­ces­sories) on Sun­day, April 15, be­tween 11am3pm.

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