THE POLKA THEATRE: WORLD CLASS THEATRE FOR CHILDREN
Polka Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which is dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences. Since the doors opened in 1979, this unique venue has been entertaining children with resonant, engaging and exciting theatre.
The polka theatre offers amazing theatre classes for children of all ages (including pre-school ) making it a brilliant introduction to drama. The Polka theatre is a theatre worth visiting or participating in with your children. The Polka's inclusive approach to Arts allows children with special eduction the opportunity watch performances dedicated to their needs, please check the Polka website for more details (below).
THE MACHINE GUNNERS
11th Feb-08th April 2011
Saturday 19 March 2011 at 11am Autism Friendly Performance(more details below)
It's 1940, and Britain is at war. Young Chas McGill has the second best collection of war souvenirs in town but desperately wants it to be the best. Amidst the bombs and air raids, Chas and his friends plan their own war effort in their newly built bunker. Friendships are forged and loyalties tested, in the adventure of a lifetime...
The Machine Gunners won the Carnegie Medal and was recently voted one of the 10 most important children’s novels of the past 70 years. This moving and touching story vividly re-creates life in Britain during World War II, and is guaranteed to resonate with children and adults today.
Autism Friendly Performance
The Autism Friendly Performance of The Machine Gunners will take place on Saturday 19 March 2011 at 11am. These performances are aimed at families whose children are on the autism spectrum or who have sensory sensitivities. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than a completely dark auditorium. Please go to the Polka Theatre link posted at the bottom of the page to access the Autism Friendly Pack before the show.
"An imaginative and realistic interpretation of a Second World War novel much loved by teenagers and their English teachers for over 35 years". The Stage.
Running time: approx 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.
REMEMBER THE UMBRELLA
26 Mar - 26 Mar
4 - 7 years
Stella the umbrella-seller is a storyteller! Opening and closing her umbrellas, she opens with a story of the seas and sand, and closes with a visit to the moon and stars. A gentle and fascinating shadow show. Artist and musician Su Eaton invites you into her world of light and shadow, drawing in the sand to create and shape stories with accompanying live music, song and audience participation.
Running time: 35 mins.
OLD TALES FROM JAPAN
09th April 2011 (One day only)
Age 5-8 years
"Mountains are just like people - they have secrets, mysteries and stories to tell"
Come and hear the enchanting, mysterious and hair-raising stories of Magnificent Mount Iwate who blew hot and cold, the humble woodcutter and his beautiful but strange bride and the snorting, burping 'orrible Ogre of Rashomon Gate. These delightful traditional Japanese tales are brought to life through inventive storytelling, puppetry and music.
Running time 55 mins.
Tickets and Information
+44 (0)20 8543 4888
240 The Broadway
London SW19 1SB
Polka is a registered
charity no. 256979
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