Booster Cushion Theatre’s version of the Dickensian Tale uses mime, voice, some sign language, a novel 60cm tall pop-up book and lots of audience participation to tell this classic Christmas Story. This engaging comical solo show has the children setting the scene and becoming part of the story by way of their actions and replies to the central character.
Hansel and Gretal are oven gloves and go on a journey around the world to find food. They become fit trying out all the sports that the woodland animals teach them. But they give into the Candy House and are trapped by the Ginger Witch. Can the Ginger Bread Man save them? This is a fast funny show with lots of opportunities to help. The audience carry out a relay race, learn how to say ‘hello’ in other languages, discover a map of the world and mime some of the sports featured in the London Olympics in 2012…
The diary of an oak Tree is brought to life by its bookmark. Using a giant diary containing stunning illustrations, the children trace the journey of the oak tree, on a huge map. We follow Oakie the oak tree to visit his relatives in the rainforest, but the chopper is also hot on the trail. The world’s oceans are crossed by plane and boat, and colourful characters met in luxury hotels. Our guide to the diary, the larger than life Bookmark, then introduces us to some of the animals and trees to be found in the rainforest and explains how their habitat is being destroyed…
This is a comical show weaving the song ‘Old McDonald’ with the story of the Three Pigs. The pigs get fed up singing ‘eieio’ and move out of the barn to the other side of the farm. They build their own houses only to be visited by a hungry wolf. Luckily, our pigs have planned ahead and have enough dog toys to play with. This colourful, solo show is ideal for younger children, playing from 3 years old and up. The children help identify farm produce, sing, take part as animals and rear pigs.
Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell us the story but finds there are no pages in the book. He starts the story but gets it wrong. Cinderella comes to help, dancing the conga with her twin sister (found in the audience) and suggests Wolf auditions. This comedy has wigs, hats, a sign-post, a frog, a small forest, Jack’s Baked Beans and lots of participation.
Everything is in disguise and the story goes into the skies with an ARK appearing before your eyes. This performance features a 6’ tall book, telescopic to 2.5m. The story has the Bears join with other forest animals to escape from Goldilocks. They’ve heard of the Animal Rescue Centre (ARC) and plan to take a trip on a boat to free themselves of Goldilocks. The Big “G” wanders off from her parents and goes into the bear’s house, hungry, grumpy and tired. This show has lots of participation from the audience, with kids playing the creatures and singing a version of “The Animals Went In Two By Two”. One brave animal handler is chosen to become the Bears and sort The Big “G” out. This solo performance is very comical and takes place in the colourful four fruit forest.
This is an old story that takes place in a forgotten tattered library. The caretaker arrives to check the place over. He talks to the audience about his love of books. While cleaning, the caretaker finds an old Big Book (6ft). He discovers the story has gone; all the words in it have been washed away. So he starts to think of a story. The battered pages are all different colours. He uses the colours left on the pages to suggest things that may have been in the story. The caretaker falls into the book and is transformed into “Book Man”. “Book Man” has a problem – he needs to find the rainbow that ends his story. This leads us to turn the pages; on each page we meet a new character from the water cycle.
This show is a mixture of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a generous helping of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. We follow Alan (Alice’s brother) as he goes into the story to rescue his sister who has got stuck at a Tea Party. Alice has eaten so much that she has grown into a troll and is eating everything. The only way to help Alice is to get the goats to save her. This comical performance shows the fun to be had from playing with traditional tales and joining them together. The audience will eagerly want to help and get involved by miming teacups, teapots and even one becoming a Troll (belly provided).