Posts Tagged ‘children’


Children’s stories can be a powerful way to raise big issues. There is something in the way that a child looks at the world, the innocence of what they see and the disbelief at the action of adults, that hits home the brutality of the lives that adults lead. Adrift, from Action Transport Theatre and… Continue Reading →

The Man Who Planted Trees

Show: The Man Who Planted Trees Venue:  Royal Exchange Studio Dates:  to 31 Dec 2016, mostly 11.30 and 2.30. Target age:  There are moments that would appeal to young children but I think that in order to follow the language used in the narrative, probably 8+. What’s the story?  A man is travelling in France in 1913 and meets… Continue Reading →

Siege of Christmas

Venue:  Contact, Manchester Dates:  Until 22 December, 1pm and 6.30pm mainly. Target age:  Families and primary school age. What’s the story?  Someone has stolen the spirit of Christmas.  Leader of the secret soldiers, Nutcracker, and hapless manager Dan enlist our help to find it. How is it done? Immersive theatre that uses the whole of the Contact building in… Continue Reading →

Wow! Said The Owl

Venue:  HOME Dates:  14 – 30 Dec 2016, mostly 10.30 and 1.30. Target age:  2 to 5. What’s the story?  An owl stays awake and sees the vibrant colours of the day. How is it done?  A simple canopied set, an engaging performer, puppets, shadow puppets, evocative lighting, colourful and well designed costumes. What’s good for… Continue Reading →

Possible Impossible Theatre

I’m at Z-Arts on a Saturday morning for a children’s show, on my own; it’s a strange feeling, but I was intrigued by Forced Entertainment’s The Possible Impossible House.  The main Z-Arts auditorium is yet another superb medium sized venue in Manchester, well equipped and with a good sized stage. Claire and Cathy come on… Continue Reading →