Leeds Company tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal have joined forces with the Carriageworks Theatre to bring their biennial festival of Children’s Theatre, Little Feet Festival, to Leeds for the first time from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 June.
This is the fifth festival organised by York Theatre Royal and tutti frutti with a selection of shows and activities to stimulate curious young minds and bring the magic of live performance to children aged up to 12.
The Carriageworks Theatre will be transformed into the party of your child’s dreams, party is the theme of the festival and will capture the children's imagination with balloons, bunting, music, games, fun and laughter. Turning the Millennium Room into an imaginative play space, with a special menu of party food plus free craft activities will be provided. There will also be a host of interactive workshops for babies, children and their families.
This year’s festival opens in the Main Auditorium on Wednesday 13 June with Sh…Bang, a delicate dance-theatre performance for children and their adults, playfully exploring silence and noise. Sh…Bang is the perfect introduction to theatre for children 3 and up at 11am and 1:30pm.
The Studio will be turned into a surreal performance space for Inside on Wednesday at 10:30am, 12noon and 1:30pm. Inside is an intimate, interactive show for 1-4 year olds. The 45 minute show will feature multi-sensory activities, shadow and object theatre and sound-making.
On Thursday, in The Studio at 10:30am and 1:30pm, solo performer Mary-Frances Doherty invites you to Katie’s Birthday Party. A 35 minute show for children ages 10+. Exploring the notions of childhood on the approach of adolescence, looking at what a young girl goes through in the change from primary school to secondary school – exams, results, new school, new friends and thoughts for the future.
Climate change is massive. Bees aren't. ThisEgg present Me & My Bee, taking place in the Main Auditorium on Thursday 14 June at 10:30am and 1:30pm. A 60 minute show for five year olds and up. Following a smash-hit run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, this award-winning and hilarious show about climate change, the ecosystem and the disappearance of bees, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time by joining a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show.
On Wednesday, in The Studio space at 11am and 1pm, Mud Pie Arts present Cloud Tales. Meet two cloud spotters. They can interpret the tall tales that clouds tell to each other. You see, there is nothing clouds like better than looking out for funny stories unfolding way below them. They puff out these tales to their cloud friends, shape shifting as they go. For ages three to eight.
No party would be complete without Cake. Children 4 and up are invited to follow the adventures of two brothers and the mysterious disappearance of a chocolate cake in this scrumptious new musical adaption of Michael Rosen's poem. Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake will take place on Friday 15 June at 1:30pm and 4:30pm in the Main Auditorium.
Puppet State Theatre Company's multi-sensory stage adaptation of Jean Giono's environmental play The Man Who Planted Trees runs in the Main Auditorium on Saturday at 11:30am and 2:30pm. This inspiring 65-minute story of a shepherd planting a forest to transform a barren wasteland is targeted at seven year olds and upwards, who learn how one man and his dog can make a difference in the world.
The festival closes with the thought provoking, touching story A Square World on Saturday 16 June at 1pm and 4pm. A Square World is a story of three friends and what happens when an unexpected change leaves one of them left out in the cold. For ages 3 – 6 years.