Polka Theatre announces 2023 Spring/Summer programme

Polka Theatre in Wimbledon South London has announced their full programme for the 2023 Spring/Summer Season.

Creating theatre for 0-12 year-olds, Polka is one of just a handful of dedicated children’s venues in the UK.

The season will feature the premiere of Spymonkey’s hilarious visual comedy HAIRY, a revival of their much-loved co-production of The Everywhere Bear, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company energetic adaptation of The Adventures of The Little Red Hen, and, Angel Exit Theatre’s enchanting toooB.

Previously announced productions include: Polka’s retelling of a classic tale with Jack v Giant, as well as Let’s Build! co-produced by Mapping, and an adaptation of Robert MacFarlane’s book The Lost Spells, Page One Theatre’s playful Rise and Fall, Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree’s Belongings, and the return of the stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s The Singing Mermaid.

In the newly released season, this summer Polka Theatre and Worthing Theatres and Museums present Spymonkey’s HAIRY (1 July – 20 August), a laugh-out-loud exploration of that most versatile and significant feature of human anatomy, in a wonderful new comedy production for ages 6-12 years.

Polka’s own productions include The Everywhere Bear (27 May – 13 August), co-produced with Little Angel Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton. An adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s heart-warming tale, which invites young audiences to join The Everywhere Bear on his adventure to make it back to Class One, originally adapted and directed by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville.

Alongside their own productions, also announced today is the return of Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company after a hugely successful run of The Gingerbread Man last year, with their show The Adventures of the Little Red Hen (26 May – 4 June), featuring captivating puppetry and music in their clever story-telling style. Following this, Angel Exit Theatre present toooB (19-27 August) for ages 6 – 24 months, a sensory adventure that introduces theatre and dance to very early years.

Polka Theatre will also host some fantastic workshops across the school holidays, linked to the array of productions on offer; including Shadow Puppetry Masterclass, a circus skills workshops and the opportunity to dabble in the make-up and costume departments to create your own theatrical character.

Artistic Director and joint CEO of Polka Theatre, Peter Glanville said today “Polka are delighted to be presenting this wide-ranging season of work, which includes Jack v Giant, a radical reworking of the traditional tale, alongside a new musical adaptation of Robert MacFarlane’s beautiful book The Lost Spells, and lots of HAIRY fun with physical comedy masters Spymonkey. We’d like to thank the Chan Yin Chuen Memorial Charitable Foundation for the support of this wonderful new season ”

Polka Theatre Listings

MAIN THEATRE
JACK V GIANT
Saturday 11 February – Sunday 26 March 2023
Press performance: 17 and 18 February at 2pm
Tickets from: £10
Running time approx. 1 hour
Access performances: Relaxed Sat 4 Mar 11am, Audio Described Sat 11 Mar 2pm, BSL Sat 18 Mar 2pm

ADVENTURE THEATRE
RISE AND FALL
Wednesday 15 – Sunday 19 February 2023
Tickets: £12
Running time approx. 35 mins + 15 min stay and play

ADVENTURE THEATRE
BELONGINGS
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2023
Tickets: £10
Running time approx. 55 mins

ADVENTURE THEATRE
LET’S BUILD!
Saturday 1 April – Sunday 21 May 2023
Press Performance: Friday 7 April 1.30pm
Tickets: £12
Running time approx. 1 hr
Access Performances: BSL Sat 22 Apr 3.30pm, Relaxed Sun 23 Apr 10.30am, Audio Described Sun 7 May 1.30pm

MAIN THEATRE
THE SINGING MERMAID
Friday 31 March – Saturday 8 April 2023
Tickets from: £10
Running time approx 55mins
MAIN THEATRE
THE LOST SPELLS
Thursday 13 April – Sunday 7 May 2023
Press Performance: Saturday 15 April 2.30pm
Tickets: From £10
Running time approx. 90 mins including interval
Access Performances: Relaxed Sat 22 Apr 11am, Audio Described Sat 29 Apr 2.30pm, BSL Sun 30 Apr 2.30pm

ADVENTURE THEATRE
THE EVERYWHERE BEAR
Saturday 27 May – Sunday 13 August
Tickets: £14
Running time approx. 50 mins
Access Performances: Relaxed Sun 18 Jun 1.30pm, Audio Described Sun 9 Jul 1.30pm, BSL Sun 16 Jul 1.30pm

MAIN THEATRE
HAIRY
Saturday 1 Jul – Sunday 20 August
Press Performance: Saturday 8 Jul 2pm
Tickets form: £10
Access Performances: Relaxed Sun 9 Jul 2pm, BSL Sun 30 Jul 2pm, Captioned Sat 5 Aug 11am, Audio Described Sun 6 Aug 2pm

MAIN THEATRE
THE ADVENTURES OF THE LITTLE RED HEN
Friday 26 May – Sunday 4 June
Tickets from: £10
Running time approx. 1 hour

ADVENTURE THEATRE
TOOOB
Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 August
Tickets: £11
Running time approx. 25 minutes and 20 minutes post show to stay and play

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

BOOGIE ON UP THE BEANSTALK!
Tickets: £20 (child only)*
Ages 4-7
Tuesday 14 February
10am-12pm or 2-4pm

MAKE-UP MAGIC
Tickets: £45 (child only)*
Ages 8-12
Wednesday 15 February
10am-4pm

MIND, BODY AND SOUL
Tickets: £10 (adult and child) *
Ages 0-4
Thursday 16 February
0-12 months: 9.30-10am, 1-2 years: 10.45-11.30am, and 2-4 years: 2-2.45pm

BUILD TO THE BEAT
Tickets: £10 (adult and child)*
Ages 0-4
Tuesday 4 April
0-12 months: 9.30-10am, 1-2 years: 11-11.45am, and 2-4 years: 2-2.45pm

“ROLL UP! ROLL UP FOR MERMAID TALES!”
Tickets: £20 (child only)*
Ages 4-7
Wednesday 5 April
10am–12pm or 1.30-3.30pm

SHADOW PUPPET MASTERCLASS
Tickets: £45 (child only)*
Ages 8-12
Thursday 6 April
10am–4pm

POLKA SUMMER FUN DAY
Tickets: Free, no booking required
Ages 0-12
Saturday 12 August
9.30am-5pm

Links:
For more info visit Polka Theatre
👤 📅3 January 2023
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