The Summer holidays have arrived and MBNA Thames Clippers has a summer of adventure in store for your little monsters. London’s River Bus service has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation to create a fun-filled treasure trail and quiz through the Capital with Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. Stuck for ideas for a summer day out? The Monster River Trail will keep the whole family entertained with its eight-stop route at iconic London spots where monster fans can collect clues at each stop along the way. To be in with a chance of winning a family holiday to Tenerife, or one of 20 merchandise goody bags, simply answer three out of the eight questions correctly. Aspiring monsters who want to be involved in the fun can collect a Monster River Trail leaflet at an MBNA Thames Clippers’ pier to follow the map. In addition, all adventurous humans who complete the trail will automatically get a reward. Simply hand your completed trail form back at one of the manned piers to get yours. The MBNA Thames Clippers Monster River Trail is live until the end of the summer holidays (9 September 2018). For more information and full competition Terms & Conditions, please visit thamesclippers.com/monstervacation . MBNA Thames Clippers services depart from London Bridge City Pier every 20 minutes.
The Vegetable Nannies invite you to join them in their Allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare. They love nothing more than proudly showing off their allotment cherubs. Come and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for the baby fruits and vegetables. Audiences are encouraged to befriend, feed and comfort all manner of earthen toddlers, such as Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon, Jessica, the Sweet-Potato beauty queen & David, the talented little Marrow whose ambition is to become a stage actor. Part of London Bridge Open Kitchen 2018, performances are FREE. Come to the Allotment at the Tooley Street entrance of London Bridge station to meet these legendary legumes on Saturday 30 June: 1215-1300hrs 1400-1445hrs 1545-1630hrs Or watch out for the Vegetable Nannies as they take their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. So, if you see an old pram brimming with some beautiful bouncing baby vegetables, come over and say hello. 1300-1345hrs 1445-1530hrs 1630-1715hrs In association with Plunge Boom.
IMAGINE A WORLD YOU WANT. Imagine if the world we lived in weren’t the real world we live in but a version of it, a version that could be changed, adapted, improved, analysed, made better as we went along… School, work, school, exams, work, drama classes, ballet classes, bus journeys, school, careers advice, school, job interviews, business suits, advertising, exams, mocks, school, the pressure to get it right, the pressure to fit in. the pressure to be the best you can be – where does it all come from? Who thinks all this stuff up anyway? Because it wasn’t us. The Unicorn Young Company return following last year’s hugely successful Big Love with a show about late capitalism and why it really isn’t a very good idea. Tickets to Version A are Pay What You Can. All proceeds go directly to the Young Company’s work next year. UNICORN YOUNG COMPANY This production is created by the Unicorn’s Young Company, an entirely self-run company whose members collectively decide on the kind of theatre they want to create, what they want to say about the world and who they want to work with. The company is open to all young people aged 13 – 19 – to find out more and to join the member waiting list, visit the Young Company webpage.
LET’S DISCUSS THIS LIKE ADULTS. Written and directed by Tim Crouch Designed by Chloe Lamford and Camilla Clarke Music by Nick Powell Beginners b????n?s / plural noun 1. a person who has just started to do or learn something. 2. a call given to prepare to start a play. Beginners tells the story of three families trapped in a waterlogged holiday cottage over summer. The children are bored. The adults are down the pub. So far so normal. Renowned, award-winning writer and director Tim Crouch (National Theatre, Royal Court, Unicorn) presents this joyous and imaginative new play for families everywhere. Beginners is an exquisite, funny and moving story that reminds us that the adult we’ll become – and the child we were – stay with us wherever we go. An extraordinary Easter Holiday show for everyone who has ever wanted to be understood.
Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It’s much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. DEALCARD OFFER: Save 20% on all half term performances (excluding 14 Feb 1.30pm) using promocode TLB20 when booking online, in person or calling our Box Office on 0207 645 0560. Tickets usually £10 – £12 (under 18s) and £16 – £18 (adults).
Unicorn Theatre presents: Laika by Bryony Hannah and Avye Leventis BRAVE THE UNKNOWN Laika, the space dog: the first living creature to orbit earth. That was in 1957. Today it’s 2057, and Sami lives with his mum. She’s an astronaut and she understands that there could be a better future out in space. But Sami’s life is down here. So now they must face the prospect of letting go, saying goodbye and – just like Laika – head off into the unknown. A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively and beautifully told using puppetry, movement and music. TICKET OFFERS Preview prices 24 Sep – 3 Oct: all tickets £10 Family and Friends Offer from 5 Oct – buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket) Book now
The UK’s leading theatre for young audiences is celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer. Check out the schedule for four days of family fun to launch the festivities… DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHOPS & EVENTS TIMETABLE Choose from dance workshops, puppet making, clay creations, circus skills and special performances of the hit production Baby Show. There will also be a number of drop-in arts, crafts and games each day. All events take place from 30 Aug – 2 Sep. To ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the activities, the Unicorn Theatre have limited advanced booking of the FREE events to two children per workshop with a maximum of two events bookable per customer per day. Early booking is highly recommended, but you will still be able to sign-up for places on the day too, and the foyer arts and crafts sessions don’t need pre-booking. These events can only be booked by phone on 020 7645 0560 (open 9.30am – 6pm). There’s a range of free and ticketed events with prices from £3. WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES Each day is different, choose your favourites from the below and check the timetable for dates and times. Theatre: Baby Show | 6 – 18 months Our ever-popular sensory performance with captivating images and intriguing sounds that will keep your little ones rapt. Circus: Join The Circus! | Ages 6+ You don’t need to run away to join the circus at the Unicorn Theatre. Join Albert & Friends for a acro-balance, rolla bolla, unicycle, tightrope walking, balance ball, and juggling skills extravaganza! Puppetry: Puppet Soup | Ages 7+ An hour of glove puppet magic with our friends from Puppet Soup. Create a puppet pal and give him a story to tell. Dance: Mini Movers & Shakers | 18 months – 5 yrs Come join us in a sensory contemporary dance story where you will pick up more than just a few new moves. We’ll be visiting the dragon in the mountains, swimming in the lake and ice skating on the moon. Dance: Family Fever | All ages Groovy disco & stylish Street Dance for the whole family. A workshop where everyone is the best dancer and all moves are the right ones! (Babes in arms welcome) Arts & Crafts: Paper Unicorns | All ages Lots of scissor action needed for these paper craft sessions. From finger puppets to hug-o-grams, everyone will make something to show off to the neighbours. Arts & Crafts: Clay Creations | Ages 4+ We’re getting hands on with these keepsakes of our hand print made from air drying clay. Arts & Crafts: All Day Art! | All ages We’re bringing the Laika world to life. Join us for space and dog themed arts & crafts. You don’t need a ticket – just pop down and say hello!
An annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthralls throughout the month of September curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust. “An incredible celebration, and with something for everyone, it will give all Londoners the opportunity to explore the terrific Thames” Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London Visit totallythames.org for the full programme. Click here for details of the Working River exhibition at The Hive in London Bridge.
A TRAVELLING LIGHT AND BRISTOL OLD VIC PRODUCTION WHO CAN SLEEP ON CHRISTMAS EVE? Directed by Sally Cookson Choreographed by Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel **** ‘Utterly dazzling. Rumbustious, exhilarating dance theatre.’ The Guardian **** ‘Masterfully delivered’ The Stage This piece of dance-theatre captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. There are beds to be jumped on, pillows to be fought with, seas to be sailed…On this most extraordinary night, let your imagination soar right up to the stars. Following in their tradition of bringing enchanting shows for small children to venues up and down the country, Travelling Light have created this show to get your feet tingling and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds. This is a deaf-friendly show. For more and tickets click here.
REAL ISN’T HOW YOU ARE MADE. IT’S A THING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU. By Margery Williams Directed by Purni Morell **** ‘Utterly gripping…’ The Guardian **** ‘The children sat entranced’ Daily Mail **** ‘A perfect show’ WhatsOnStage There once was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a Rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. Join us as one of our biggest hits returns for a third time after a Broadway transfer. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage. For more and tickets click here. Ages 5+