The Three Musketeers – The Haymarket, Basingstoke – Wed 25 Oct 2017

 

Don’t miss the high energy, interactive show The Three Musketeers at The Haymarket during half-term, on Wednesday 25 October at 2pm.

Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme as children’s comedy trio The Three Half Pints swish their swords, buff their boots and flourish their feathers in their most ridiculous adventure yet.  Will they defeat the dastardly evil-doers?  Will they save the damsel in distress?  Will they actually read the book before writing the show?

Fresh from Justin’s House and Spot Bots, join the CBeebies’ favourites in a hilarious new slapstick adventure of chivalry, swordplay and suddenly falling over.

Along with music and songs, the show combines slapstick with elements of stand up, sketch comedy and pantomime.  It is not a strict retelling of the story!  The 17th century has never been so silly.

Tickets for The Three Musketeers are priced at £12 (includes £2 booking fee).   Running time 90 minutes including interval, the show is suitable for those aged 5 and over and their families.

For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit the website anvilarts.org.uk.

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Fun Palace is back at Proteus Creation Space – Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

to

Proteus Creation Space,

Council Road , Basingstoke , RG21 3DH

In case you haven’t come across the Fun Palaces before  – it is an opportunity for communities to come together across one weekend in October to join a free nationwide celebration of arts, culture and science.
Previous events have resulted in a great day of family fun with workshops and classes ranging from comedy writing, to trapeze taster session, arts and crafts to balloon modelling. Our 2015 event ended with a huge conga around the Creation Space!!

Some of the activities we will be holding for this year’s Palace of Fun include: Drama and Storytelling sessions with Debutots, make a Day of the Dead mask for the parade, get involved in a huge community doodle with local artists, join in the fun treasure trail around the Creation Space, bouncy castle and ball pit fun, all-day messy play with messy monsters, see how simple science can create fancy art in our ‘fab lab’, start your very own family tree and boogie on down with Pop Tots Family Disco!

Did we mention that the whole day is FREE?!?!?

For 2017 we want to invite as many families as possible to come on down to the Creation Space (infront of Fairfields School) and get stuck in to all the fun activities. We would also like to encourage anyone from the community who would like to get creative or have an idea they would like to explore with their fellow neighbours, to contact us and get involved with helping us make our Fun Palace the BEST EVER.

Everyone involved is giving up their time, energy and resources for free to provide a fantastic day of family fun, so if you feel you could help us in any way, and give back to your community we would love to hear from you.

The best way to get in touch is through Facebook messenger.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea – The Haymarket, Basingstoke – 23-25 June 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Live on Stage!

Friday 23 June 2017 1.30pm

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017 11am & 2pm

The Haymarket

Don’t miss this return visit of The Tiger Who Came to Tea when the delightful family show comes to The Haymarket in Basingstoke from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.  Who could it possibly be?  What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, furry, stripy tiger!

Packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long-songs and clumsy chaos, don’t miss this tale of teatime mayhem!

Suitable for those aged 3 and over, this charming musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr, runs for 55 minutes with no interval.

Tickets for The Tiger Who Came to Tea are priced at £14.50 (includes £2 booking fee).  For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit the website anvilarts.org.uk.

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The Island of Lost Children

We invite you to our performance of The Island of Lost Children at Everest Academy, Popley on 25th March at 3pm.

Tickets are only £5 and are available by either ringing 01256 325420 or or email admin@spotlightuk.org

Synopsis:

The world is a bleak and all too quiet place for young Patience and her faithful dog, Barkley…

Her father – a workaholic doctor obsessed with curing his patients – does not allow her outside, for fear she might fall ill and pass away as her mother did…

With her mother long since lost, and her father oblivious to her loneliness, Patience falls foul of her wicked governess – Miss Treat – who believes that all children should be “not seen and not heard.”  Every time Patience and Barkley are caught making the tiniest bit of noise, they are forced to clean their massive house from top to bottom!

And what a creepy old house it is too…  Formerly a school, it is rumoured that all the children just up and vanished as if by magic!  But of course Patience knows better than to believe in things like magic

One day, after accidentally breaking Miss Treat’s favourite vase, Patience and Barkley are thrown into the scary old attic!  It is there that they happen across a peculiar painting of a beautiful island…  Little do they know that this is the moment that will change their lives forever – in ways they could never have imagined…

Findings themselves somehow magically transported to the very same island from the painting, Patience and Barkley rejoice!  At last, they are free to live as they please… Or so they thought!

A legion of children lead by a powerful King, a spooky ghost who is not as he seems, and a magical paintbrush-wielding super-villain; all this and more await Patience and Barkley on The Island of lost Children

Will Patience find the courage to speak her truth, even when all the world is telling her to be silent?  Can she face her fears and ‘stand tall’ even when all seems lost?  And will she and Barkley ever find their way back home?

Well we can’t actually tell you, that’d be cheating! You’ll just have to see for yourselves…

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Competition!!!! FREE tickets to Don’t Dribble on the Dragon!!!!!

Competition for FREE tickets to “Don’t Dribble on the Dragon”

Prize: 1 x pair of tickets for the winner to see the show at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 2.30pm.

Question: Who wrote Don’t Dribble on the Dragon?

Answer: Please share this post from NorthHantsMum FB Page AND email your answer to the question above to “competitions@anvilarts.org.uk“.

Closing date for the competition is Friday 7th April.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon

Tuesday 11 April 2017 2.30pm

The Haymarket 

The People’s Theatre Company presents Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, by Steven Lee, at The Haymarket on Tuesday 11 April at 7.30pm

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the new book by Steven Lee, and with magic designed by the late Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

Tickets for Don’t Dribble on the Dragon are priced £12 (includes £2 booking fee).  Suitable for ages 2 and over.

For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit the website anvilarts.org.uk.

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Review 2016: How do reindeer fly?

Thank you very much to Helen who went to see “How do reindeer fly” yesterday and sent her review to me last night!!! christmas%20list%20high-resolution%20export-422

Proteus Christmas Show lives up to expectations!

About

We went to the Proteus children’s Christmas show last year and the year before and absolutely loved it both times, so we were very excited about going along to ‘How do Reindeer Fly?’ this Christmas. Expectations were very high for what is fast becoming a Christmas tradition in our house.

In ‘How do reindeer fly?’ The audience are invited to Christmas HQ to see the elves at work. After a creative demonstration of gift-wrapping the elves take a hard earned tea break and then, once all the ‘visiting elves’ are sporting reindeer antlers, they introduce us to Donner and Blitzen. Things go a little bit awry and Mary Christmas has to call on the visiting elves (children in the audience) to save Christmas.

As with previous years’ shows, the audience seamlessly become part of the show with the children helping the elves with the magic that makes the reindeer fly. There is less moving between rooms than in previous years, with the show mostly based in one room. This seems to work well and there is a greater sense of space than in previous years. Towards the end there is a short walk into another (beautiful!) snowy space. Here there are some lovely sensory activities and then Father Christmas arrives to tell the children a story.

The show did not disappoint. My 4 year old belly-laughed more times than I could count and was completely engaged with the story and the activities. My 1 year old was so fascinated by what was going on that he actually sat still for a while! He enjoyed meeting Donna and Blitzen so much that he kept going back to look for them when they had gone. The team at Proteus seem to have a knack for producing children’s shows that are entertaining, funny and interactive whilst being lovely and relaxed. ‘Heartwarming’ is the best word I can think of to capture the atmosphere they create.

Overall we had a brilliant time, we left with many happy memories and some Christmas souvenirs. The team at Proteus should be commended for creating, once again, an imaginative, wonderful Christmas story. We’ll be back next year for more!

How do reindeer fly is showing at Proteus creation space until Saturday 24th December and is sold out (sorry!). Even if you’re too late for this years’ show make sure you check out what they’re doing next year!

For more information see http://www.proteustheatre.com/creation-space

Tips

I’m told that children who attended the show will receive an email from Father Christmas sometime this weekend!

The children meet Father Christmas at the end but he tells the group a story. There is no expectation of a one-to-one so it would be fine for children who are less keen on meeting him.

Most of the children there were around 3-6 years I would guess, with a few younger siblings. The show is advertised as a preschool show and it is perfect for preschool-aged children. Older children probably wouldn’t get a lot from it.

Although this is an interactive show there is no pressure and parents can stay with children and help them at all times.

Facilities

Proteus has baby changing, toilets, a café (with amazing cake!) and free parking.

Price

£7.70 per ticket

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Things to do w/c 19th December 2016

No school run this morning. YIPPPEEEEE!!!!!

Oh and Merry Christmas!!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

That’s all I’m going to say for this week :-D.

Things to do w/c 19th December 2016

Monday 19th December: How do Reindeer Fly?

Tuesday 20th December: Christmas Storytime at South Ham LibraryChristmas stories for primary school aged children, 20 December at 3pm

or

Magical Living NativityMagical Living Nativity on the farm

Wednesday 21st December: Christmas Craft at Tadley LibraryCome along to this drop in craft session.

Thursday 22nd December: Pre-Christmas meet up, Last Minute Mums

Friday 23rd December: Sing Christmas Carols in the BarnCarols in the Barn at Miller’s Ark Animals

Saturday 24th December: The Santa Show 2016: Santa Saves Christmas at Viables

Sunday 25th December: CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!! Skate for free at Planet Ice on Christmas Day!!!!

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New Classes!

Local Events

Don’t forget, if you have any events coming up that are relevant to parents in the area, please let me know via northhantsmum@gmail.com. Thanks!

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How do Reindeer Fly? is showing at the Creation Space this December!

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We are excited to announce that award-winning Scratch Built Productions have once again joined forces with Proteus Theatre Company to transform the Creation Space into a magical Christmas theatre experience for pre-school children and their families. This will be the third Christmas show from the creators of Santa Town and Father Christmas’s Christmas List.

This is a fully immersive experience as the whole building gets transformed into a magical wonderland! The children and their families are guided on a journey to various different locations, meeting a variety of different characters on the way. There will be interactive activities and you may even get to meet the big man himself!

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We spoke with Scratch Built Productions, who told us “The show is suitable for anyone of any age, but pre-school children are the target audience. Lots of theatre shows are not designed for the youngest members of the family and they are left at home. We want to make them feel that they are very much part of the show, and sensory elements are in place to keep even the smallest of minds engaged. Every detail is considered, and the children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact.

“We believe that children’s theatre needs to be the very best it can be, as for some of the young audience, this is there first ever experience of live theatre! This year we have actors, dancers, musicians and puppeteers, whose previous credits include The Gruffalo, Moomins, War Horse and CBeebies Grandpa in my Pocket.”

Tickets for How do Reindeer Fly? are on sale now, so book now for this special and unique festive treat!

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About the show

Have you ever looked up into the sky, and asked yourself the question; how do reindeer fly?

Christmas Eve can be a bit daunting for a young reindeer about to make her first trip around the world.

So many questions… What if I get lost? Will I get hungry on the way? What if I’m afraid of heights!

Everything is ready. The presents are wrapped and Father Christmas’s cloak is back from the dry cleaners. There is just one problem for the young reindeer… how does she fly?

Featuring puppetry, music, dance and sensory elements, experience the story of one young reindeer as she prepares for her first Christmas Eve.

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Dates, times and how to book

Thursday 15th December                  10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Friday 16th December                        10am, 12pm and 2.30pm*

Saturday 17th December                   10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Sunday 18th December                     10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Monday 19th December                    10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Tuesday 20th December                    10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Wednesday 21st December              10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Thursday 22nd December                 10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Friday 23rd December                        10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Saturday 24th December                   10am, 12pm and 2.30pm

Show length approximately 45 minutes.

*Performance specifically for younger audiences with learning disabilities.

Tickets £7 each. Children aged 12 months and under go free.

Tickets available from www.wegottickets.com/proteustheatre

You can also book in person at the Creation Space. Please note that we are unable to take bookings over the phone.

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Review 2016: Brrrrr!!! at Proteus Creation Space

Thank you very much to Helen, one of the NHM writers, who went to see this show yesterday, courtesy of the Proteus Creation Space team (thank you for the tickets!) and has already written her review, so that you can review it in advance of the shows later today! 14956469_544625799062656_3108402936070251677_n

Brrr brings heartwarming fun to North Hampshire!

We had a brilliant time. A perfect way to spend an hour on a cold November afternoon. Lots and lots of laughter and smiles. Special time with my little boy!

About

Brrrr tells the story of Steve, a penguin who doesn’t like the cold. Steve dreams of travelling to South Africa, a magical land with three suns, tiny elephants and hot snow. When Beryl the bird accidentally crashes into his world they set off together on a voyage to this magical land. Brrrr is a play come acrobatics show designed specifically for younger audiences (children aged 3years +). I went along to Proteus Creation Space to see it with my 4 year old son. We had high hopes being huge fans of the Proteus children’s Christmas shows (tickets are now on sale for this years Christmas show by the way!).

Brrr is performed by three actors using a relatively small and simple set, which is perfect for young children. The show is funny, visually entertaining, captivating and heart-warming. The story is told primarily through simple dialogue supported by music, narration and sign language (BSL), which is integrated seamlessly.  My son belly-laughed his way through and even got up for a dance; we both had a wonderful time. The cast were flexible and responsive to the audience and there was some participation in the form of singing, cheering and touching the snow. If you’re able to catch brrrr whilst it’s showing I thoroughly recommend you go along, the cast and crew should be congratulated on creating such a fun and genuinely inclusive performance piece.

Brrr is showing at Proteus creation space on Sunday 6th at 11am and 3pm and at venues across the region through to December 4th . There is a relaxed performance on Wednesday 9th November at 7pm (Proteus Creation Space).

For more information see www.brrrshow.co.uk

Tips

Programmes at £2.50 and include a story book version of Brrr as well as a wordsearch and some colouring in. You can download an audiobook version of the story at the above website.

The room at Proteus has bean bags at the front for little ones if they want to be close to the action.

The run time is around 70 minutes. My son isn’t known for his ability to sit still and did jiggle around a little but made it through without any problems. I can imagine it would be a little long for children under 3 though, obviously depending on the child.

There is probably an age at which children wouldn’t get so much from this performance. It’s difficult to say what that age would be – maybe around 8 years although this obviously depends on the child too.

The show didn’t contain any unexpected loud noises or anything ‘scary’.

Facilities

Every venue will be different but Proteus has baby changing, toilets, a café and parking.

Price

£6 per ticket

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Review 2016: The Rattler at The Anvil

Thank you very much to Rebecca, one of the NHM writers, for her Review today.

Review 2016: The Rattler, Saturday 24th September, Haymarket theatre, Basingstoke.

After enjoying my last trip to the theatre a few months back (my first in over 10 years!) I decided to take the brave decision to drag the entire family along to see The Rattler, a family friendly operatic retelling of Rumpelstiltskin by the Mahogany Opera Group. After a few hiccups (namely getting the time and location wrong) we arrived in a rather stressed out state seconds before the performance began.

Normally in this situation one would be embarrassingly squeezing past rows of people uttering a plenitude of apologies, only heightening the already climatic stress level. (Did I mention my 3 children are all 5 and under!) However, our arrival could not have been further from that reality.

We were greeted by the cast themselves, and invited to join in to what soon became apparent was a parade of children, complete with musical instruments and decorated sticks that had been made in a craft workshop before the show started. They immediately put us at ease, and the energy and enthusiasm of the cast captivated my three boys from the start. It was this energy, along with the clear passion that the cast had in the story, that kept their attention throughout the majority of the Opera.

Even my 5-year-old, who is notoriously hyperactive (he rarely sits still for longer than 10 minutes at a time) managed to stay engaged. In fact, towards the end he was transfixed. It was an easy to follow storyline for the younger audience with interactive singing, an amazingly talented cast and overall a great introduction to Opera.

And it wasn’t just the children who were captivated. I literally could not take my eyes off the puppet ‘The Rattler’. I am in total awe of not only the design of such a puppet that actually gave me nightmares that night!

But I was also blown away by the way that the incredibly talented cast moved him, such that I had to keep reminding myself that he wasn’t real. For me he really did steal the show and hats off to all who were involved in his creation and movement. In the words of my 4-year-old ‘I loved the dinosaur!’

AS I’ve said in previous reviews, live theatre, opera especially is not for everybody. Their aim is not to be universally appealing to the masses. They take risks and sometimes this means alienating some.

I am in no doubt that the risk they took by making the Rattler so eerie will put a few people off. (Although I should mention at this point that the recommended age is 7 and above.)

However, it is when we take risks that remarkable things are achieved and I can wholeheartedly say that The Rattler is nothing short of remarkable. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

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