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Transforming the New Wimbledon studio space into a fantasy-land for tiny theatre-goers

Pigtails Productions, Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse bring their astonishing adaptation of Helen Stephens' How To Hide A Lion to our black box space for 14 performances only! The production is brings the performance area to life with its immersive qualities, playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.

This charming tale by Author and Illustrator Helen Stephens follows little girl Iris, who, when a lion is chased out of town, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed townsfolk try and track him down. But did you know Iris is based on Stephens' own daughter? Living with her partner and fellow illustrator Gerry Turley in Northumberland, Stephens draws from life in order to inspire the stories that ensue from her pen. You can read all about her methodology via her blog here.

Peter Glanville directs this 'enchanting mini musical.' - (Children's Theatre Review). Glanville, acclaimed director of sell-out We're Going On A Bear Hunt, is the current Artistic Director of Polka Theatre, a space for all ages, but catering for 0-12 year olds specifically, upon the notion that they are 'where theatre begins', the same going for this production. How To Hide A Lion is an enchanting first theatrical experience tailored for 3-6 year olds, with intelligible music and songs from English singer, songwriter, composer and writer Barb Jungr. Jungr is of Czech and German parentage and delivers work that often challenges categorisation and spans popular music, theatre, cabaret and jazz.

Laura McEwen's intricate, miniature set design and Will Evans' lighting entwines with Samuel Wyer's puppetry to bring to life the town and all of its inhabitants in front of the your little ones' very eyes. Converting our black-box space at New Wimbledon into a vivacious fantasy-land of adventure, as you follow Iris on her quest to save her new found friend. How To Hide A Lion is thus an interactive production with the actors moving among the audience and allowing time for young attendees to get involved, providing a hands on approach. Perfect for keeping little ones engaged and suspending their disbelief, leaving that much needed lasting impression we crave at any age from this type of experience.  Actors Clare Rebekah Pointing and Phil Yarrow are impressive singers, narrators, actors and puppeteers, bewildering adults and children alike with their malleability and multitasking. 

We at New Wimbledon Theatre, much like the wonderful folks at Polka Theatre, believe in theatre for all and therefore we aim to, (and are still trying), to make our performances as accessible as possible. Meaning we encourage you to get in touch if you have any special requirements, but for more generalised concerns here are the FAQs for this particular performance...

How To Hide A Lion runs all this week during the daytime and tickets are still available. It'll be ROARsome and pleasing to your IRISes!

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