This Autumn, Z-arts opens up whole new worlds to families, with tales of a Little Monster, Drag Queen Storytime and a whole festival of children’s theatre. Magic, wonder, music, laughter and stories – children can bring their adults along to a number of brilliant shows at Z-arts this autumn.
Little Monster on Saturday 28 September
Take a magical journey in this exciting new puppetry show, aimed at those aged 3 – 5 years old. Is the mysterious monster that has made everyone else run away really as bad as he seems?
Stitch Brothers Patchwork Wonders on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October*
It’s theatre, but not as you know it…. join us for this genre-bursting mix of beatboxing, live drawing, animation, jazz, hip hop and South Asian folk music as you’re led into the world of the Stitch Brothers. Suitable for ages 5 – 8 and featuring beatboxer Jason Singh, who has recently been featured on BBC Proms.
iPET on Saturday 19 October*
A playful take on the ubiquitous screens all around us from Bontehond are an acclaimed international theatre company from the Netherlands. With a prankster iPad as one of the cast, and aimed at ages 3+, this hilarious performance incorporates music, magic and movement, with a focus on thinking for yourselves.
The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps on Saturday 26 October*
Nothing is quite as it seems in this brand new show by celebrated poet Murray Lachlan Young, with a score by award-winning musician Arun Ghosh. A gothic tale to make you shudder and giggle at the same time, with an unfortunate inheritance, a creepy butler and bizarre and hilarious deaths, this show is laugh out loud fun for the whole family.
Mini on Saturday 2 November*
For curious 2 – 4 year olds, this show by award-winning Italian theatre company TPO allows children to experience perceptions, sensations, images and emotions through a game of contrasts, with two very different characters.
Kaleidoscope on Sunday 3 November*
Words can’t describe baby’s first theatre experience, and Kaleidoscope, aimed at ages 6 – 18 months, does not attempt to do so. Instead, it uses mirrors, lights, colours and sounds to create a show inspired by scientific research by the University of Sussex into how a baby’s sense of sight develops.
Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday 30 November
Presented by Z-arts and STUN, Drag Queen Storytime is back by popular demand! If you’re aged 3+, join us for an arts and crafts session, followed by a special storytime for adults and children, as we board The Nightbus to take us all on a winter adventure.
The Scarecrows’ Wedding from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 December
This heart-warming and award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book follows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, two excellent scarecrows who are planning to get married. That is until devilishly smooth Reginald Rake gets involved…will Harry be able to save their special day?
Twinkle Twinkle from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 December
A heart-warming adventure in melody and light, made for especially young audiences for Christmas. Suitable for ages 1- 3 years, this show follows Marty on his quest to find the brightest star inside the sky and in all of us.
A World Inside A Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures (Until December 2019)
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler has already proved a mega-hit with Z-arts audiences, with over 21,000 tickets sold. The only venue for the exhibition outside of the London, this is your last chance to see the exhibition in Manchester as it must end at the end of this year – and tickets are selling fast!
From the cosy sitting room of Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, follow us on a journey around the works of the iconic duo, from the world of The Gruffalo to The Room on the Broom, and tickets include free arts activities, inspired by Julia Donaldson’s stories. Don’t miss out on the interactive exhibition that has already delighted thousands!
And don’t forget, if you enjoy this interactive exhibition, you’ll love Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat, coming to Z-arts in 2020.
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