Dodo's Dream, Circle of Two

When the clock strikes twelve, magic begins and a doll comes to life... Inspired, amongst others, by the myth of Pygmalion and the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann, this is a poetic pantomime that blends circus, theatre and puppetry. Dodo the Inventor creates the perfect creature to enlighten his lonely heart... An impossible love story!

Red Riding Hood, Booster Cushion

Little Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell us the story but has a problem, there are no pages in the book! He tries to tell the story and we meet Red Riding Hood’s mum, dad and grandma but he keeps getting the story wrong. So Cinderella arrives to help, dancing a conga with her Jack’s Baked Beans Band and suggests auditions to find the Wolf to end the story.

    

    

Liam Carroll, Storyteller

Liam has travelled widely in the remote rustic regions of Europe, mostly with horses, carts, wagons, musicians and performers. Once a horseman, he fell for the charm of folk traditions and tale telling after several years touring with the mask and puppet based Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company. After a few years of writing and performing anarchic street theatre shows he entered the spine bound chambers of the library service to develop a more gentle approach to storytelling. He now mixes a calm conversational style with occasional eruptions of tumultuous comedy to retell and reinvent myths and fables of old.

Pennyless

Pennyless will be bringing lively sounds to the festival with their quirky and mystical songs from folklore, medieval history and their own musical minds.

BEES! The Colony, Artizani

What do bees get up to when they’re not buzzing? Welcome to a beehive like no other, tended to by two rather peculiar beekeepers. Wander amongst the honey-perfumed Bee Colony, you might find yourself looking into the vastness of space or catching a flick in the tiny bee cinema! Dare you look through the hole? Go on, you might be surprised by what you find. A multi-sensory interactive installation full of sweet surprises.

  

  

Ross Montgomery, Meet the Author

Suitable for ages 7+

Meet author Ross Montgomery, who writes weird and wonderful award-winning books for children.

Find out what it’s like to be an author, and have a go at some drawing with Ross.  He will be basing his sessions on his book ‘Max and the Millions’, a story about a boy who discovers a secret civilisation of tiny people.

Ross will be talking about writing and being an author, and will also be offering drawing workshops. Children can use their imagination to come up with great ideas as well as chatting to a published author.

Ross’s books will be available to purchase at the event.

Stanley’s Stick

National Literacy Trust, PCC and City College Tent

Enjoy outdoor-themed activities based around Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and take home fun ideas for story time.  The event supports the Vision for Reading in Peterborough, which prioritises getting more children to enjoy reading and read more often.

Representatives from City College Peterborough and Peterborough City Council will also be on hand to share advice and activities that will help ensure children are ready to start school.

  

Baba Yaga's House, Dizzy O' Dare

Baba Yaga's House is a ramshackle old cottage, which roams the land on chicken legs, while Baba flies across the landscape in her giant pestle and mortar, and though she may seem scary, she might tell your fortune...

Inspired by Slavic fairy tales, adapted over centuries to excite and scare children and adults alike, now awoken from her slumber, 300 years later Baba Yaga flies again.

Woodland Fairies with Balloonatic

Performers Balloonatic will be taking balloon art to the next level!  Marvel at their Woodland Fairy creations and be entertained by their comic interaction as they roam about the park.

Workshops

Join in with a variety of workshops throughout the day.

 

  

Matchbox Beehive Workshop (as part of Artizani BEES!)

Create a matchbox maison or a humble house fit for a Queen bee. Where would you like to live if you were a bee? What would you do for fun? Play frisBEE, dance to BEEyonce or maybe BEEfriend some other garden critters…

Funded by Without Walls

Baba Yaga’s Puppet Workshop (as part of Baba Yaga’s House)

Have you seen ever seen a ramshackle old cottage with legs like chickens? That belongs to Baba Yaga… and now you can make your own! With chicken legs that move just like hers and a silhouette of a witch in the window.

Funded by Without Walls

  

  

Crocodile Castanets (Peter Pan Workshop)

What makes a crocodile tick? Is it his determination to capture the infamous Captain Hook? Or is it the ticking clock in his tummy? Make a noise making croc that you can tick tock to along to the songs of Peter Pan.

Crazy Comic Club

Join bestselling cartoonist James Parsons for a fun-packed day of comic art workshops and skills! Create pop-up comics, learn manga drawing tricks, create superheroes, or design a pair of real working X-Ray spex! All you need to bring is your imagination! 

PLUS:

  • Storytellers – with tales from around the world and from cultures in Peterborough
  • Children’s art & crafts workshops with artists and illustrators
  • Art and stories with children’s illustrator Ellie Sandall, famous for her Every Bunny series of books
  • Meet Peter Rabbit himself and follow the Beatrix Potter trail
  • Chill-out space for families with young babies, play areas and colouring tent
  • Hungry Caterpillar crafts with Barnardos
  • Face-painting, glitter tattoos and hair feathers (charges apply)
  • Visit the Vivacity Children’s Book Bus and get your library card if you don’t have one
BSL Signed Time Activity
  11am Crazy Comics workshop
  11am Peter Rabbit (walkabout)
BSL 11am Signed storytelling with Janina Vigurs
  11.15am Max and the Millions workshop
BSL 11.30am Little Red Riding Hood & Friends theatre show
BSL 11.30am Signed storytelling with Liam Carroll
  11.45am Storytelling with Janina Vigurs
BSL 12pm Every Bunny workshop
  12pm Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)
  12.30pm Bees
  12.30pm Crazy Comics workshop
BSL 12.45pm Signed storytelling with Liam Carroll
  1pm Baba Yaga (walkabout)
  1pm Pennyless music
  1pm Every Bunny workshop
  1pm Max and the Millions workshop
  1.15pm Storytelling with Janina Vigurs
  1.30pm Peter Rabbit (walkabout)
BSL  2pm Little Red Riding Hood & Friends theatre show
  2pm Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)
  2pm Every Bunny workshop
BSL 2pm Signed storytelling with Janina Vigurs
  2.30pm Crazy Comics workshop
BSL 2.30pm Max and the Millions workshop
  2.45pm Baba Yaga (walkabout)
  2.45pm Storytelling with Janina Vigurs
  3pm Bees
  3pm Pennyless music
  3pm Every Bunny workshop
  3pm Peter Rabbit (walkabout)
  3.15pm Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)
  3.30pm Storytelling with Janina Vigurs
  3.30pm Max and the Millions workshop
  3.30pm Circle of Two performance
  4pm Crazy Comics workshop
  4.15pm Pennyless music
BSL 4pm Every Bunny workshop
  4.15pm Baba Yaga (walkabout)
  Drop in all day Storytelling with Liam Carroll