New season at Polka Theatre
14th December 2021
Following our wonderful re-opening season in 2021, Polka Theatre is proud to announce the new programme of children’s shows for January to August 2022. Alongside Polka produced shows, there is a brilliant programme of visiting companies with exciting shows for babies and up.
From sensory play to awesome adventures, the world-class family theatre shows will run alongside a wide variety of workshops and activities for children of all ages.
In the Main Theatre, there’s adventure at every twist and turn with a season of big stories and tales for all ages. Gorgeous literary revival How To Hide A Lion, which brings Helen Stephens’ beloved children’s tale to life with playful humour and stunning puppetry, is adapted by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville and features original music and songs by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt).
In a co-production with Polka Theatre and Derby Theatre, the award-winning Hiccup Theatre spin music, puppetry, BSL and storytelling into The Emperor’s New Clothes.
“Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you to unexpected places in such imaginative ways” – The Guardian
Snow White, a joyful retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale co-production, is about growing up, growing old, growing your own food and why you shouldn’t trust a very shiny red apple. Overflowing with charm and wit, this laughter-filled delight celebrates how we can all make the world a better place.
Warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist.” – The Stage
2022 is going to have a swashbuckling summer with The Pirate, The Princess and The Platypus, created by the brilliant minds behind Potted Potter and Potted Panto Come and join this magical musical world of pirate kings, queens, frogs, tall towers and shipwrecks!
See our heroes strike out across the high seas, but be back to the palace in time for high tea!
Over in the Adventure Theatre, Ready, Steady, GO!, written and directed by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville and created in collaboration with the Creative Europe Mapping programme, takes you on a thrilling journey through the natural world, exploring the bond between a mother and her young daughter.
Are you ready? Are you steady? Then let’s GO!
Supported in development by PolkaLAB
(Polka’s artistic development programme), Akademi’s Plastic Drastic Fantastic
is a dance show for older children focusing on the big issues.
Plastic… is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful?
Polka and Little Angel Theatre’s acclaimed co-production of The Paper Dolls returns to wow audiences once more in the Adventure Theatre.
“A magical version of the best arts and crafts session you can imagine.” – WhatsOnStage
Glisten is an interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The audience are taken on a sparkling and shimmering immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music.
“Every glimmer and glint of light is transfixing… Though the immersive environment changes over time, Naddafy’s performance remains entrancing.” – Children’s Theatre Reviews
Watershed Productions present the Little Angel Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton production of The Singing Mermaid, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, brought to life by a cast of three performers, beautiful puppets and music and songs by Barb Jungr.
“Exquisitely designed puppets manipulated with captivating skill transform Julia Donaldson’s book into an entrancing stage show” – The Times
Also in the Adventure Theatre, audiences are invited to meet the bravest biscuit of all time in Stuff and Nonsense’s The Gingerbread Man. Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!
“Just brilliant: an innovative, musically and theatrically skilled show” – Brighton and Hove News
And finally, The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse bring their co-production of Holm Theatre’s Josephine to Wimbledon, as it follows Josephine Baker’s incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.
“A brilliantly physical performance” – The Guardian
Our Artistic Director Peter Glanville comments sum up the excitement about the new season:
As we head into the new year, we are delighted to have a new season of productions and workshops on offer, created to engage and inspire children from 0-12yrs. This is an exciting and historic time for us. Following our major capital redevelopment, Polka has been transformed into a hub for the community with a new café, shop, free-to-access indoor and outdoor play spaces – it truly is a wonderful space to spend an hour or the whole day!