The Wimbledon based theatre has confirmed further details of its upcoming programme.
The Polka Theatre have announced further shows being added to its Spring and Summer programme, aimed at those aged from 0-12. The season is set to include the premiere of Spymonkey’s visual comedy HAIRY, a revival of their much-loved co-production of The Everywhere Bear, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Adventures of The Little Red Hen,and finally, Angel Exit Theatre’s toooB.
Previously announced shows in the season 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.
The theatre has also confirmed it will be presenting 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.
In addition to the new season, the Polka Theatre have confirmed that it intends to extend their free ticket scheme Curtain Up! Having enabled 4,000 primary school children from disadvantaged locations in Merton and the surrounding boroughs to experience theatre in the last academic year, this year Polka are dedicated to extending the scheme and reaching 6,000 children in a response to the cost-of-living crisis.The scheme is only available by application which enables the scheme to reach the most disadvantaged children living in the most marginalised areas, schools working with children with special educational needs, and schools with financial barriers to taking part in arts activities.
Talking about the news of the season, Artistic Director and joint CEO of Polka Theatre, Peter Glanville said: “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.”
For more information about the shows and to book tickets visit: https://polkatheatre.com/