Outer Space, Dinosaurs, Dragons, exploring the natural world … and Snot this Half Term at Cast

12 Oct 2016


This October half term Cast invites little ones and their grown up to join in a week of fun and surprises with adventures and magical tales to spark everyone’s imagination at Cast.


From Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October, Cast presents Doncaster’s very own Children’s Festival for a week-long programme of family events, featuring incredible children’s theatre and free activities for all the family.


The Children’s Festival starts off with a FREE Fun Day on Saturday 22 October from 10am to 4pm welcoming families to explore the theatre and get creative.


After the success of Small Worlds last year, Mimika Theatre are back again with Landscapes to magically create the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of the natural world on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October. Performed to small audiences, and using no words, Mimika combine beautifully crafted puppets with an original musical score, stunning visual effects and an ingenious set to take families on a journey to four lovingly realised landscapes from desert to rainforest, from beneath the sea to Antarctica.


Arts Explosion on Monday 24 October is another great opportunity to take part with a fantastically fun and creative morning being whisked around drama, dance, and music workshops and watch an enchanting performance of Landscapes.


Tots and babies (with their adults) will explore instruments and singing to have fun with music in Opera North’s Little Singer’s on Tuesday 25 October, and then continues weekly during term time from Wednesday 2 November.


Rip snorting ‘mucusical’ yarn The Nose That Nobody Picked follows gardener Christopher and Little Big Nose in an adventure on Wednesday 26 October as they encounter an eccentric plastic surgeon. This unlikely trail of a show comes straight from the strange brain of David Parkin, and is a reinvention of his children’s novel, and adapted for stage into a charming, witty and surprisingly moving musical.


Children will travel back to 1967 for Alfie White Space Explorer in a cosmic tale of discovery on Thursday 27 October from Tall Stories, the makers of The Gruffalo’s Child. Tall Stories co-director Toby Mitchell discovered his late father’s jazz music and career success after deciding to create a work for children combining space and jazz, and ‘Alfie’ in the story similarly knows little about his own father's past.


BBC Rhyme Rocket’s Dommy B is back with more expect lyrics, laughs, and lots of joining in on Friday 28 October with an exciting adventure. Helped by a goblin wizard and flame-breathing dragon, a young troll girl sets out to save the day in Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!


Teenagers and young people can get involved too by taking part in the Halloween Adventure Project from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 October to help create a spine chilling spooktacular The Haunted Theatre on Friday night.


Paul Daniels’ last ever work is showcased in enchanting new family musical Don’t Dribble on the Dragon on Sunday 30 September for a spectacular adventure. This adventure musical about warring siblings, written by Steven Lee and based on the book of the same name, is an uplifting and heart warming end to the festival.   


Tickets to Children’s Festival performances start from a little as £5.50. Book your half term fun now. 

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