Children's theatre

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Camp Phoenix review – an essential firsthand guide to flaming youth
Talented students from Canterbury College impress in Zest Theatre’s show, developed through conversations with hundreds of young people

Chris Wiegand

23, Feb, 2024 @8:00 PM

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Edinburgh’s Manipulate festival: rubbery robot Swan Lake leads celebration of the unexpected
The annual festival of visual theatre delivers an inventive mix of wry commentary, daft puppetry and high-precision performance

Mark Fisher

05, Feb, 2024 @12:19 PM

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Bluey’s Big Play review – puppy puppets’ sweet show sets tails wagging
The Australian TV phenomenon reaches the stage with a story about sibling solidarity that has wacky dancing and an emotional wallop

Tim Jonze

22, Dec, 2023 @1:29 PM

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A Town Called Christmas review – merry mission to restore festive spirit
Elvi Piper’s show for over-threes has knockabout silliness, vintage styling, cracker jokes and appealing songs

Chris Wiegand

20, Dec, 2023 @5:19 PM

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Lost and Found review – catchy songs and breezy fun as Gruff Rhys steers Oliver Jeffers’ story
Musician-puppeteers help tell the tale of a boy and a penguin in this carefully crafted adaptation of the popular picture book

Chris Wiegand

19, Dec, 2023 @4:44 PM

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Zoetrope review – skeletons rattle up a surreal Christmas show
Lea Anderson’s show for children, staged by National Dance Company Wales, presents the story of evolution as an absurdist cabaret

Lyndsey Winship

15, Dec, 2023 @12:13 PM

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Wendy: A Peter Pan Story review – an awfully modern adventure
Gaming imagery blends with traditional adventure scenery in an exuberant present-day adaptation of JM Barrie’s novel

Chris Wiegand

11, Dec, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Midnight Mole review – puppet’s cheery takeover of Chekhov’s garden
Set in the cherry orchard that Madame Ranevsky is preparing to leave, this story leads its young audience on a tactile adventure underground

Chris Wiegand

08, Dec, 2023 @4:54 PM

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The Enormous Crocodile review – Roald Dahl’s dastardly reptile stalks the stage
This production for over-fours has clever touches, lively performances and splendid puppets but the songs and the story grow monotonous

Chris Wiegand

07, Dec, 2023 @3:30 PM

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Solstice review – a shimmering, heart-on-sleeve ode to nature for children
The storytelling may be light but this cleverly assembled playgroup-cum-theatre show for over-three-year-olds is an engaging hymn to the natural world

Miriam Gillinson

06, Dec, 2023 @8:00 PM

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The best theatre to stream this month: The Old Man and the Pool, Bedbound and more
Watch Mike Birbiglia’s hit comedy about mortality, Colm and Brenda Meaney in Enda Walsh’s two-hander or choose from a flock of Swan Lakes

Chris Wiegand

01, Dec, 2023 @12:01 AM

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The Lightbulb Princess review – sparkling electrickery for kids
Sarah Punshon’s Christmas story for over-fours is about the importance of making – and saving – electricity

Chris Wiegand

24, Nov, 2023 @2:51 PM

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