An Online Festival this half term at Z-arts!

13 Feb

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Various Ages

£0 - £3

We are so excited to be bringing a new online festival of theatre for you during half term week! We’ve been missing bringing brilliant theatre to all of our families and whilst restrictions are still in place, we’re delighted to bring these to you digitally.

All of the shows in this festival are low-cost or pay-what-you-feel to allow as many people as possible to see amazing children and families theatre from the comfort of their own homes.

Saturday 13 February

Drag Queen Story Time

This show is going to be on Zoom and interactive. 

Have you missed our regular Drag Queen Storytimes? Well, Auntie Ivory is back, and will be on Zoom live from Z-arts with her latest show to kick off our online festival! She’s going to be reading from ‘Hey Presto’ and is very excited to see you all, and have you all join in with her session!

Tickets for Drag Queen Story Time are £3 per screen. Suitable for ages 3+

Photo from a previous Drag Queen Story Time show. Photoof five young children sitting on the floor with their hands raised in the air

Saturday 13 February – Saturday 20 February


This show is pre-recorded.

When Little Titch and her scruffy rucksack arrive at the giant, pink house it is not what she expected – a blanket of thick grey dust covers everything in sight and it is wild and overgrown. Her new home is cold and unwelcoming until she meets Nelly, a flamboyant and loveable hoarder. Together the pair discover they have more in common than they first thought and that friendship can heal hidden wounds.

We were so disappointed to close before the premiere of our co-production with Half Moon Theatre last year, so we’re delighted to be able to share it with you in your own homes this half term. Dust will be running all week, so you can book it at any point during half term.

Tickets for Dust are Pay-What-You-Feel. It’s suitable for ages 4 – 9.

Promo image for Dust. Photo of a wooden purple house with a chimney on a lighter purple background. The word 'Dust' is written above the house in white swirly font.

Sunday 14 February

When We Started Singing

This show is pre-recorded.

An uplifting short film featuring BSL, storytelling and song.

Mr Popple is a kind, elderly man who lives alone with just his pet tortoise, Tommy, for company. When his neighbours suddenly find themselves housebound, he notices their struggles and sets out to share some joy. His acts of kindness transform strangers into friends (and pop stars!) and a community is born. This production has been made specifically as a short film to be broadcast.

Tickets for When We Started Singing are Pay-What-You-Feel. It’s suitable for ages 5+.

When We Started Singing Image

Tuesday 16 February

Land of Nod

This show is going to be on Zoom and broadcast live from Burnley Youth Theatre.

Join Nod on his magical journey where his imagination can take him anywhere… deep into the beautiful sea where the colourful fish live or up high into the night sky to play amongst the stars.

A beautiful online sensory storytelling show for ages 0-5 and their families exploring the magic of bedtime and the beauty of children’s imagination. Inspired by the poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field.

This show incorporates sensory storytelling and features integrated Makaton.

Tickets for Land of Nod are £3. It’s suitable for ages 0 – 5 years.

Land of Nod Computer Image

Friday 19 February

Curious Investigators

This show is going to be on Zoom and interactive.

Are you Curious? Do you ask a LOT of questions? TONI NEEDS YOU!

CURIOUS INVESTIGATORS is delivered via Zoom, directly into your home.

Meet “Investigator Toni”, who’s stuck at home with nowhere to go – but is still determined to discover something AMAZING. She needs your help to solve a problem with a home-made marble run. But watch out – there may be a surprising discovery when you do….

This new interactive show made especially for online audiences is sure to ignite your family’s imaginations!

Tickets for Curious Investigators are £3 per screen. It’s suitable for ages 3 – 7 years.

Saturday 20 February

When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish

This show is going to be on Zoom and interactive.

In the middle of the night there is a noise – a snuffling and a shuffling and a splintering of wood…. A line of troll-prints lead out the door, across the lawn and into the deep, dark night.

When a grotesque gang of greedy trolls steal all the village’s pets (including Nikki’s favourite goldfish, Great Bumbleduke the Third), who is going to come to the poor animals’ rescue?

Armed with only a pen, some paper, and our collective imaginations, Dommy B invites YOU to help save the day!

Tickets for When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish are £3 per screen. It is suitable for ages 5+.

When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish

We can’t wait to share all of these brilliant shows with you in your homes this half term!

Please note, individual shows must be booked via their show pages and not via the booking link below.

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Times displayed in grey may be sold out or not currently available. Alternatively workshops may be locked for Bright Sparks Members and require a log in.