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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

In each session children take part in a series of drama games and activities that develop their confidence as well as teaching them drama skills. These include focus, communication, developing a character and voice projection.

As the weeks go on the group will each have a part with some lines to learn in a small-scale show. They will rehearse as a team and share what they have learnt during the last session, more details to follow on this after half term.

Suitable for school years 2 - 6.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£95

Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (11 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£140

Junior Youth Theatre Booking Form

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

This term the Senior Youth Theatre group are focusing on developing drama skills. They’ll learn a deeper understanding of performance and managing their nerves as well as some more specialised techniques including comedy and physical theatre.

Suitable for school years 7 - 12.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£134

Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (14 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£175

Senior Youth Theatre Booking Form

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Global Majority

A New Play From Chris Fung.

An exciting opportunity to join us for a sharing of this new work at the developmental stage.

Brian undergoes the most rigorous job interview of his life to join a cabalistic elite, a family who have a direct hand in controlling world affairs.

Part House of Cards, part Black Mirror, part Oprah Winfrey. This imaginative thriller explores how humanity can be crowded out at the very highest stakes in political negotiation. What does one life matter in the balance of millions?

Fresh from the run of his celebrated writing debut, The Society for New Cuisine, emerging Asian and migrant writer Chris Fung continues to challenge societal norms, and the philosophical underpinnings of class and racial inequality in his highly anticipated second play Global Majority.

‘Clever, dark and fascinating… this play will leave you questioning where you have been’ ★★★★★Theatre and Arts Review

‘Chris Fung’s masterful debut marks him out as one to watch. Dark, sharp and delicious. There is now absolutely an appetite for whatever he serves up next’ The Scotsman

‘Ambitious. Very, very impressive. This play’s many invoked images, and its haunting ending, continue to linger. Highly recommended’ Fringe Review

Studio
£9

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Feel Me

Presented by The Paper Birds Theatre Company.

Who do you care about and why?

Feel Me is a new interactive theatre show from The Paper Birds, UK leaders in devised verbatim theatre. Feel Me asks, via your mobile phone, who and what you care about from the stories unfolding live on stage in front of you.

A stunning mixture of live performance, film, projection, dance and music, Feel Me will explore the different lenses through which we are told, and connect to stories in the modern digital world.

Worlds unfold from backpacks, and tents are constructed and dismantled again, each scene and location temporary, like a transient teenager in search of safety, acceptance and a new place to call home. An interrogation of empathy, Feel Me asks what makes us ‘feel’ for another person, as we journey through landscapes and across borders, through weather storms and paperwork, changing seasons, endless queues and interviews.

Please note: All performances have integrated captions

This show contains mild strobing in the projections, loud noises and atmospheric haze.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Feel Me is made by The Paper Birds in Partnership with Theatre Centre. A Co-Production with New Wolsey Theatre. Supported by Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja and The Point, Eastleigh. Funded by British Council International Collaboration & Arts Council England

The Paper Birds website
@ThePaperBirds
@nordenfarm

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Showstopper Tots

Led by Mairi Cowieson

Musical Theatre themed music and movement classes for ages 2 -5 years. Younger siblings are welcome. Under 6 months free.

Join us for our fabulous Mary Poppins themed term, it promises to be Supercalifragilisticexialidocious!

So Let's Go Fly a Kite and Step in Time over the rooftops. The classes take the children on an adventure, exploring the music and story of Mary Poppins, learning a dance to help with their coordination, singing songs and playing drama games to help with their confidence and ending each class with our mini theatre and story song, written especially for ShowstopperUK, by fabulous West End composers.

This story song is added to each week to enhance their engagement and concentration skills. It's also fun for the parents/carers who attend with their little ones.

Age guidance 2-5 years.

Summer
Thur 2 May - 13 Jun, excludes 30 May (6 weeks)
1.30pm - 2.15pm

£48 (1 adult and 1 child) per 6 week course
Siblings (aged 6 months +) £28.80 per 6 week course
Siblings under 6 months free

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National Theatre Live: Nye

160 mins tbc.

A new play by Tim Price, directed by Rufus Norris

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.
Confronted with death, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill.

Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island), this epic new Welsh fantasia will be broadcast live from the National Theatre.

£16

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Macbeth: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma

150 mins

Tony and BAFTA Award winner Ralph Fiennes and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma star in a brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth ‘that quickens the pulse, then goes for the jugular’ (★★★★ Financial Times) will be unmissable on the big screen.

Directed by Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet, Hansard) with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw (Jerusalem, Blues for an Alabama Sky), this is a cinematic and ‘beautifully staged’ (★★★★ WhatsOnStage) production that brings ‘Shakespeare’s tragedy pulsing into the present day’ (★★★★★ The I).

Macbeth is coming. A couple corrupted by their relentless lust for power have blood on their hands.

Witness the gripping tale of greed, murder, deception, and superstition in cinemas for a limited time only. Once you cross the line, you can never turn back.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Out of the Hat

Presented by Long Nose Puppets.

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But how do you make real magic happen? What ingredients do you need and who can help them?

Along the way they encounter some fabulous characters; a transformative moth, a band of musical frogs, an artistic spider and a sassy glow-worm who all help to create their dream.

Will the conjuring trick work and will anything ever come out of the hat?

A story about friendship and the true magic of nature. Full to the brim with lively songs by the talented Tom Gray of Gomez. A feast for the senses and a spectacular theatre experience for everyone!

'It’s a visually exciting delight for young children and contains enough gentle humour to keep adults entertained for an hour too. The Long Nose Puppet team are relentlessly talented, bringing stories to life with their unique and charming puppets and their delightful songs with life affirming lyrics' Katy B, Broadway Baby

'For most of our children, the show would have been their first experience of live performance and we couldn’t have asked for a better first step into that world' Jim Brannan, Head teacher of Boundstone School

Age guidance: 2 -8 years.

Studio
£12 I £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Long Nose Puppets website
@nordenfarm

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Chicago

BCA College proudly presents Chicago the musical!

In their final BCA performance, our Year 2 Performing and Production arts students are joined by Level 3 Year 1 Performing Arts to travel back in time to the roaring nineteen-twenties.

Aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and fading vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who both face trial for murder, compete for the services of dodgy lawyer Billy Flynn - who promises to make them celebrities and win at trial.

Courtyard Theatre
£14

BCA Performing Arts website

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Havisham

A journey into the psyche of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.

Written and Performed by Award winning actress Heather Alexander.
Direction and Dramaturg by Dominique Gerrard.

If you knew my story, your heart would break too. A cobwebbed tale of heartbreak. This is the story that Dickens left out…

Who was the woman being behind Dickens’ most monstrous female creation? What condemned the hopeful young Miss Havisham to her cruel and fractured fate? Experience her heartbreak as we delve into her childhood trauma and follow her on an intricate journey to a world where she finds herself the leading lady in a drama she can’t comprehend. The gaslighting is subtle, the coercive control slick. Can Miss Havisham escape her twisted karma?

Havisham offers a fresh perspective of Dickens’ greatest work of Gothic characterisation and invites the audience to share poignant moments from her childhood in rural Kent and as a naïve young woman who arrives in London unprepared for the events which gradually consume her.

The story appeals to both fans of Dickens as well as those new to his stories and confronts how the ripples of fate can lead to devastating consequences.

‘Powerful, tense, heart-breaking’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'Gorgeously written and packed with haunting imagery' ★★★★ The Stage

'This is a beautifully crafted piece of theatre, whether you are a fan of Dickens or not. The story stands strong alone' ★★★★★ WEBF

'Heather Alexander expertly mines the horror beneath Dickens’ most Gothic character' ★★★★★ The RECS

'Havisham stands out for its original and skilful narrative craft, as if characters and atmospheres were drawn from the pages of a literary piece, while simultaneously, opening a poignant contemplation on the power of trauma over the psyche and body of its sufferers' ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

‘Intriguing…the story intertwines smoothly…’ ★★★★ Theatre Film and Arts Reviews

‘As ever with Alexander, this is a masterclass in acting’ Fringe Review

Studio
£16 I £14 concessions

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Jack and the Beans Talk

Presented by Garlic Theatre.

A fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story and an ideal gentle introduction to theatre.

Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean?
Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen.
Imagine his surprise when he swops his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky...

Charming and inventive with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant.

Jack and the Beans Talk is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window!

From Garlic Theatre who brought you the amazing Oldilocks and the Three Bears.

Age guidance 3 - 8 years.

Run time 50 mins.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

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Theatre Week

Led by Sideways Drama

Make a Play in 4 Days!

Come along and dive into the world of theatre, writing, directing and star in a brand new play

Suitable for ages 8 - 14 years.

Tues 13 - Fri 16 Aug | 10am - 4pm
£160 | £145 Advantage Card holders

Advantage Card holders (enter 'ADVANTAGE' when asked to enter a promotion code and then type your Advantage Card number into the relevant account information field)

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Pinocchio

Visit the incredible world of Stuff and Nonsense as they bring Pinocchio to our stage for Christmas 2024.

Three very funny men seek refuge in a grand but abandoned old house - one of them is Pinocchio and it turns out he’s had quite a life!

Stuff and Nonsense are leaders in family theatre. Their adaptation of Pinocchio combines classic elements of the story – a poor woodcarver, the tell-tale growing nose, the dream of becoming a real boy – with their hallmark hilarity, skilled puppetry, original music, fantastic staging, outstanding performers and extraordinary physical tricks.

Invest in your children’s imaginations: join us in the theatre and take playfulness home with you!

Suitable for all the family!

Age guidance 3 - 10 years.

£16 | £14 Under 16s
£56 Family and Friends (4 people)

Early Bird Offer
£52 Family and Friends ticket (for 4 people) when booked before Sat 31 Aug.

Creative Team
Directed by Niki McCretton
Music by Dom Coyote
With additional music by Tim Dalling

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