Fridays from 29 July to 26 August Free (included in price of admission at IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast) Meet eyewitnesses to conflict and gain first-hand insight into the impact of war on people’s lives. Visitors to IWM this summer will find special guests across our sites and have the unique opportunity to hear their personal stories – ranging from driving a tank, to being evacuated from the place they called home.
The Enchanted Cinema: Animated Journeys invites you to help two musicians create live FX to award-winning international animation. “It’s just so unique and in a world of CGI and flashy 3D animation, the beautiful, textual, thought provoking world you opened the children up to is very special and memorable.” (Róisín – audience/ participant) Kieron & Gareth will invite you to the front of the Scoop stage to present the sound FX you’ve brought – a forest growing, an ocean, gnashing teeth, a flying horse, a penguin, an owl and a snail (what does a snail sound like, you may ask) – to bring to life the programme of hand-crafted animation from as early as 1926 (as old as the Queen!). Don’t worry if you don’t have an FX instrument to hand, as you have the best FX maker inside you – your voice! 1pm – 2.10pm FREE
A CHRISTMAS CRACKER OF A FAMILY SHOW! Written and adapted for the stage by Julian Clary Songs by Julian Clary and Simon Wallace Arrangements and incidental music by Simon Wallace Directed by Lee Lyford The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference… They’re hyenas! How long can they keep their beastly secret under their hats Join Mr and Mrs Bold, Betty and Bobby, as they navigate work, school and friends, all whilst trying to keep up their disguise. With live music, songs and adventures, this brand new Christmas show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. Book tickets and more info here.
This gorgeous, sensory show from the makers of our highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season. As you sit together in our cosy space, share in your baby’s excitement at the building anticipation of Christmas Day and all things present-related – including the very best bit: crumpling, rumpling and scrunching that wrapping paper! At the end of the show there is a chance to play and dance together in the space. TICKETS AND HOW TO BOOK Tickets for Scrunch can be purchased in groups of 2 or 3 (1 baby + 1 adult, or 1 baby + 2 adults). We’re using a socially-distanced reserved seating plan which means all groups are spaced apart from each other. We have two rows of floor seating and one row of bench seating for those who find it difficult to sit on the floor. When booking, you can select where you would like to sit on the seating map. Performance times: Tue – Sun 9.45am, 11.45am, 1.45pm Ticket prices: 1 adult + 1 baby: £12 / £14 for mid-morning and weekend performances (floor seating) 2 adults + 1 baby: £17 / £19 for mid-morning and weekend performances (bench seating and end of row floor seating) Book here.
“You cannot tame something so happily wild…” Created by How It Ended Based on the book by Emily Hughes Wild’s home is the forest. Bears teach her how to eat, birds help her to speak, and foxes show her how to play. She is irrepressibly wild. Then one day, some new animals arrive. They look oddly like her – and they want to take Wild away. But what if she was happy where she was? Adapted from the glorious picture book by artist Emily Hughes, Wild is brought to life by inventive young company How It Ended (The Little Gardener, UK tour). This energetic story, told with atmospheric sound, movement and puppetry, celebrates the free spirit in all of us. Originally programmed for March 2020, we’re delighted to present this show in 2022 following its cancellation due to the pandemic. Ages 2-6 Tickets: £12 – £14 under 18s / £12 – £20 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 2 – 17 Apr) Find out more.
A ONE-TIME ONLY EVENT FEATURING NEW SHORT RADIO PLAYS PERFORMED LIVE WITH AN ONSTAGE BAND By Slung Low The Unicorn has invited pioneering Leeds-based theatre mavericks Slung Low down to help open their new season. Slung Low have run these fun and informal 15 Minutes Live events for grown-ups for many years in a room above Britain’s oldest working men’s club and now, for the very first time, they are transporting their crew to London for this special family version in partnership with the Unicorn. Together they’ve commissioned some brilliant writers to create new 15-minute plays responding to the theme of ‘The Future’ which will be performed radio-play style with onstage sound effects, live music and occasional audience interaction. You’ll be guided through this riotous afternoon by lively comperes and there’ll be live music, bingo and some free treats in-between performances. Featuring plays by: Katherine Jakeways – major comedy writing talent for theatre & TV | Nima Taleghani – London-based writer, rapper & actor | Kenneth Emson – BAFTA-nominated writer for theatre & TV | Eve Nicol – up-and-coming young Scottish playwright | Olivia Poulet – acclaimed TV & theatre actor, with Laurence Dobiesz | Nina Segal – recently at the Royal Court & Bush Theatre. All the plays will be recorded that afternoon and be made available to download for free from the Unicorn Theatre website. Venue & Unicornershop open 12pm – 6pm | Event start time 2pm Please note: a photographer will be present and taking shots of the performance and audience throughout the event. The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let them know in advance by emailing email@example.com to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily. Please note that this is a cash only event.
Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival. Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm
GET ON STAGE AND MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW! The Unicorn Theatre’s creative workshops for ages 7 – 16 are back for the Summer holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, you’ll learn great new skills and make new friends. Choose from dance, set design, drama, puppetry and more. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to our five day Play In A Week workshops. Performance-based workshops close with a sharing for friends and family. SUMMER HOLIDAY PLAY IN A WEEK Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug | Ages 11 – 16 Drama Week: Fables for the Future If you could write your future, how would it look? In this five-day workshop we’ll form a new theatre company and work together to create our own fables for the future. Led by the Assistant Director and Movement Director from Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (2018-19), you’ll hone your performance and devising skills and explore improvisation techniques, script work and multi-media. Imagine the future and how the world could be, choose your story and tell it! BOOK NOW Mon 12 – Fri 16 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Drama Week: Role Models What do you want to be when you grow up? This creative, fun and challenging workshop will explore who we are and who might like to become. We’ll create a show from scratch that uses the themes of role models and imagined futures. With support and guidance from the Director (Unicorn Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw) and our Production team you will develop your performance skills, learn how to shape your ideas into a show and explore vocal and physical performance styles. BOOK NOW Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 11.30 – 7pm Fri (the sharing will begin at 6pm) Price: £425 per child What is included in my workshop ticket? • A five day themed workshop led by professional artists • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • Digital access to a selection of professional photographs from the workshop and final performance • Technical support from Unicorn Theatre staff • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience SUMMER ONE AND TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS Mon 29 – Tue 30 July | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop Aquatic Dance We’ll be making a splash in this under-the-sea-inspired acro-balance and movement workshop. No previous dance experience required! BOOK NOW Wed 31 Jul – Thu 1 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop World Dance A jam packed two-day workshop exploring the world of contemporary dance, disco moves, street style and Bollywood boogie. No previous dance experience required! BOOK NOW Tue 6 Aug or Wed 7 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | One-day workshop Dream, Design & Transform A fun and challenging workshop where you will design your own stage set before building it in miniature form as a model box. BOOK NOW Thu 8 Aug – Fri 9 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 | Two-day workshop The Little People and the Dragon Puppetry Workshop Come and join PuppetSoup for a fantastic, creative and fun filled two days of puppet making and performance! BOOK NOW Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Sat (arriving for 9.15am) Price: one-day workshop £55 per child / two-day workshop £110 per child / save £20 when booking both Aquatic Dance and World Dance. What is included in my workshop ticket? • A themed workshop led by professional theatre-makers • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing (where relevent) • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience
ALL THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ARE AMBIGUOUS. Directed by Justin Audibert and Rachel Bagshaw 4-7 years and 8-12 years As far as we know, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. But although we don’t know much about the man himself, we do still have over 725 of his stories – passed down from generation to generation. We considered doing all 725 fables and then thought better of it. What we’ve done instead is asked a few of our favourite writers to select one fable and to re-tell it for today’s audience. The Unicorn is presenting two versions of the results: one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-12. This production is a celebration of young and old, ancient and new – a tribute to how fresh, bold and vibrant the classics remain today. Plays in this show are: Filberts by Chris Thorpe, 2 Goats byNaomi Iizuka, Dog and Wolf by Kaite O’Reilly, [To Be An Ox] And Other Possible Aspirations by Somalia Seaton (with help from Ava Uzokwe), andThe Wolf & The Shepherd by Chris Goode. See unicorntheatre.com/whatson
The Unicorn Theatre invites you to join the two very loveable but slightly hapless Polar Bears on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? Have your ticket ready, find your seat, fasten your seatbelt and anchors aweigh – take off and go, go, go! The Polar Bears return to the Unicorn following the hit shows The Polar Bears Go Wild (2015) and The Polar Bears Go Up (2016). The pair create smart, sharply observed comic performances for our youngest audiences. Find out more