Half-term fun at the Mumford Theatre!

Published: 18 October 2011 at 14:46

Anglia Ruskin offers action-packed week of activities for children of all ages

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Anglia Ruskin University is laying on a feast of half-term fun for all ages, with a host of plays and activities at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge.

Hare and Tortoise, suitable for children aged four and upwards, visits the Mumford Theatre on Monday, 24 October. An adaptation of Aesop’s fable, the story of two friends racing, winning, and learning about time and friendship is brought to Cambridge by tutti frutti Productions.

A more grown-up production takes centre stage on Tuesday, 25 October. Penny Dreadful’s Etherdome is set in 1850’s America, where carnival sideshows meet live bluegrass – and dentistry!

Described by Metro as “grotesque comedy at its finest” the production, suitable for ages 14 and upwards, looks at the start of the so-called Scientific Age when major surgery – including amputation, heart surgery and tooth extraction – was carried out with only a stiff whisky or a stick to bite on!  

New for this half term is a two-day theatre workshop on 26 and 27 October for children ages 8-14. Called Fall in Love with Theatre, participants will work with local company Keystage and Mumford Theatre staff to learn new acting techniques, experiment with stage effects and create their own soundscape.

There will also be the opportunity to work with professional actors and costumiers, bringing first-hand experience to children who already have an interest in theatre or are curious to learn more. Better still, there will be the chance to perform in a production at the end of the second day, which family and friends can come and see.

Other events at the Mumford Theatre during half term week include Frieda Hughes’ Poetry and Paintings on Saturday, 29 October (2.30pm), which is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

On the same day at 7.30pm, Huguette Sings delves into a wonderful Gallic repertoire including works by Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Serge Gainsbourg. Sung in French, Huguette will introduce each song in English and will be accompanied by Peter Britton on the piano.

For more information or to book tickets, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre or phone 0845 196 2320.