“How Many Sleeps ’til Christmas”: Scratch Built Productions’ immersive Christmas show for under 5s

Scratch Built Productions invite families to join them for a cosy Christmas treat at the Creation Space, with their immersive show for under-5s, How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas.

After three previous sell-out Christmas shows, Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus Theatre Company return to the Creation Space in Basingstoke this Christmas with their enchanting and interactive festive show aimed at pre-school children and their families…..…..How Many Sleeps ’til Christmas.

The land between waking and sleep is a wonderful place where anything can happen; dreams become reality and reality becomes a dream. Come and meet a colourful host of characters as they lead you on a magical journey where clouds are collected, stories are created, where wishes are welcomed and dreams can come true. Everyone is invited to enjoy this wonderfully cosy Christmas treat.

Following on from the success of last year’s How do Reindeer Fly, Scratch Built Productions are keen not to give away too many details about what is now an eagerly anticipated treat for many local families. However Cbeebies actress and this year’s co-director, Becky Kitter, revealed that there will be plenty of surprises in store to delight little ones:

“Having been part of the cast in the past three productions, I’m really excited to bring all my previous experience to the table as co-director this year, especially as a soon-to-be mum myself! We are creating a dream-like environment for our audiences to snuggle up in, with lots of visual and sensory elements that even babies will enjoy. We are working with some really talented people to create the show, including a visual artist, live musicians and trapeze performers, and of course there will be puppets and plenty of Christmas sparkle!”

“What a magical, beautiful time we had yesterday. We loved every minute” – Katie H, audience member, 2016

“How reindeer fly is possibly the most magical children’s Christmas event going. I cannot recommend it enough. Captured the essence of Christmas beautifully and my daughter was captivated and she’s only 2. We will most definitely be back next year.” Louise E, audience member 2016

Created specifically to be enjoyed by the youngest members of the family and as something a little different from a traditional Christmas show, the Creation Space will be transformed into a walkthrough adventure where children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the enchanting surroundings and colourful characters that they meet along the way.

Tickets are selling fast and some performances have already sold out, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy 45 minutes of unforgettable Christmas magic with your little ones!

Thursday 14th December until Sunday 24th December, with three performances a day at 11am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm weekdays and 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm weekends.

The 2.30pm performance on Monday 18th December will be a relaxed performance for those with additional needs and will also include interpretation from a BSL expert.

Tickets are £8 each, children under 12 months of age go free. Tickets available from wegottickets.com/proteustheatre or you can book in person at the Creation Space. For more information, visit www.proteustheatre.com/whats-on or call the Proteus office on 01256 354541. Please note, payments cannot be taken over the phone

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Review 2017: “A Christmas Carol”, a Proteus production

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“A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas play for school-aged children and grown ups alike

About

A Christmas Carol is a Proteus production that is currently on tour in North Hants and surrounding areas. The show tells an adapted version of Dickens’ classic tale. It stays true to the political undertones and moral of the original but is set in current times and adapted to be more suitable for a family audience.

The play includes a cast of three who are accompanied by some amazing, creative puppets. The set is simple but effective and the team use light and sound creatively to bring the story to life.

The show is advertised as being suitable for children aged 6+. I went to see it with my 5-year-old having had a chat with him in advance to warn him there might be some scary parts.

There are some adult themes that would pass over the heads of most children (e.g. the moral obligation to serve humanity) but that give the show enough depth to be entertaining to adult audience members.

There are also some more overtly ‘scary’ scenes (e.g. a scene involving a grave stone/scrooge being ‘buried alive’) but these are short-lived and didn’t seem to rattle any of the children in the audience.

The puppetry is incredible and it was fascinating to watch how the children engaged with the puppet characters and ignored the actors who were sometimes visible behind them.  The creative use of puppets, especially to enact the roles of the ghosts of Christmas past and ghost of Christmas present gave the show a lighter tone and made the audience laugh out loud many times. Overall, Proteus have done a fantastic job adapting what is a challenging story, to be entertaining to a range of audiences. This is show you could go and see without the kids or one to take the kids along to. We both had a brilliant time but I would suggest it’s not ideal for children with a more sensitive temperament who are likely to be upset by some scenes and story lines.

For show dates see: http://www.proteustheatre.com/productions/a-christmas-carol/tour-schedule-296

Tips

The advertised run time is 80 minutes but with the 15 minute interval we were there for 2 hours. This was a little too long for my son whose attention was wavering towards the end so it is probably not ideal for children who struggle to sit still.

This is suitable for children and adults, I don’t think there’s an upper age limit and if you wanted to go without the kids that would also be ok. There were audience members without children at the show I attended. The average age of children in the audience was probably around 7 or 8 years.

Facilities

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

Price

£8 per adult, £4 per child

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Proteus present their retelling of A Christmas Carol this winter 2017

Prepare to be visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future this winter!

Join Proteus Theatre Company as they bring their fast-paced, funny and highly physical contemporary adaptation of Dickens best-loved story, A Christmas Carol to the stage.

Brought right up to date for modern family audiences, A Christmas Carol will delight you with plenty of laughs and high-jinks, a fabulous cast of actors and puppets and even a talking Christmas tree…

It’s Christmas Eve in the city, a rich man sits alone in his gilded tower and awaits the ghosts of his past and his future. In Scrooge’s office, somewhere in the City of London, the spirits are gathering in the darkening gloom to take this selfish, greedy man on a journey to his own salvation – but will he heed their lesson? He has just one night to change his ways or face a terrible fate….

A story of redemption and enlightenment, A Christmas Carol has much to say to audiences about our society, and the responsibilities we owe to others through our actions.

“All children and adults were kept totally engaged throughout the whole show, it was fantastic.”
Families Magazine on BRRR! 2016/17

“Keeping the traditional spirit of a classic tale, this is an adaptation which opens contemporary doors….a seasonal, smile-inducing winner” The Stage on Alice in Wonderland 2013/14

“The best of British theatre in Basingstoke” The Independent on Proteus Theatre Company

With a fabulous cast of familiar Proteus faces; Danny Charles (Little Mermaid, Arabian Nights), Paul Huntley-Thomas (The Secret Garden, Rapunzel) and Ashley Christmas (Becoming Hattie, Little Red and the Wolves), plus puppets from acclaimed puppet maker Nick Ash, of Scratch Built Productions (Polka, The Globe, Little Angel) this is a Christmas Carol for our times.

Bring the whole family to along to see A Christmas Carol for a show that promises to be funny, a little scary, action-packed but above all a thoroughly enjoyable treat this festive season.

A Christmas Carol will open at Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke on 25/ 26th November 2017 before embarking on the tour. The full tour schedule can be found at www.proteustheatre.com.

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Bugsy Malone – October 2017

Local youngsters will be performing in the musical Bugsy Malone at Queen Mary’s College hall .

Thursday 26th October -7.30 pm

Friday 27th October – 7.30pm

Saturday 28th October -2.30pm and 7.30pm

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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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