£3.50 pocket money summer shows at mac – thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery players
The generous players of People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) have subsidised a summer of £3.50 pocket money shows, all of which take place in mac Birmingham’s magnificent outdoor theatre.
In addition the players have also funded the decoration of the space, with beautiful umbrella’s, adding colour to its authentic brick design. Audiences young and old can enjoy circus from India, meet unusual puppet creatures, sing and play instruments as well as enjoy comedy and tales of intrigue, while exploring the world of archaelogy. With seven performances to enjoy, performances begin on Thursday 20 July until Thursday 24 Aug.
Puppets, slapstick comedy and live music in the jungle – Curious Creatures (27 July) invites the audience on an exploration like no other, while revealing the mysteries of the animal kingdom. Hailing direct from Rajasthan, India, Circus Raj’s (6 Aug) cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers present a colourful, vibrant, fast moving extravaganza of intrigue, music, laughter and surprise. Caty Wompus (17 Aug), performed by a cast of professional dancers and community artists with and without a learning disability, use contemporary dance, parkour and circus skills, set to an original Bluegrass score, to tell a story of hope following a ferocious storm.
Deborah Kermode, mac CEO and Artistic Director said:
‘We’re grateful that the players of Peoples Postcode Lottery, which include many from the West Midlands, continue to support our programme of activity. We’re especially pleased that their funding will help to introduce local families – some for the first time – to the uplifting experience of live theatre. The pocket money performances are a fabulous introduction to a fun, creative programme and we look forward to welcoming families to our venue this summer.’
20 July - 11am , 2pm Handmaid Theatre: How Time Flies
An original and quirky show inspired by the wonderful and intriguing world of archaeology. Join the eccentric team of archaeologists inside their beautiful field tent, as they guide you through a dig to find long lost artefacts. An interactive show bursting with puppets, songs, facts and fun, suitable for the whole family to enjoy! macbirmingham.co.uk/event/handmadetheatre-how-time-flies
27 July 11am, 2pm Squashbox: Curious Creatures
Welcome to the Curious Creatures wildlife park. Help explorer extraordinaire, Jeremiah Johnson find his way out of the jungle and expect to meet lots of unusual animals along the way! Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music - plus lots of amazing natural history facts, Squashbox Theatre will reveal the mysteries of the animal kingdom - macbirmingham.co.uk/event/squash-boxtheatre- curious-creatures
6 Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm Circus Raj
Hailing strait from Rajasthan in India, Circus Raj's cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise. This is circus like you always imagined. macbirmingham.co.uk/event/circus-raj
10 Aug 11am, 2pm BAM Presents: Summer Sounds
Singer and theatre performer Sam Frankie Fox has teamed up with musician and sound-explorer Ricardo Rocha bringing with them a selection of tunes from their home countries of Wales and Portugal, they'll be lots singing and instruments and opportunities to get involved in!
12 Aug 2pm, 4pm Comedy Club for Kids
Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best... But without the rude bits! macbirmingham.co.uk/event/comedyclub-4-kids
17 Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm Caty Wompus
Caty Wompus (‘crooked’ in Hillbilly) is a family house, following the aftermath of a storm, can everyone remember the happy days and dream of a brighter future? With live a Bluegrass soundtrack and dynamic contemporary dance and parkour. macbirmingham.co.uk/event/catywompus
24 Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm Ariel on the Cliff
A celebration of all things breezy, this gentle, warm show for family audiences mixes original acoustic music with sensory storytelling, puppetry, movement interaction and big deep breaths. Can the children help Buzz the Bee, Squawk the Seagull and all Ariel’s friends get home safely
before the storm arrives? A brand new musical with plenty of chances to join in. macbirmingham.co.uk/event/ariel-on-thecliff
To see the Peoples Postcode Lottery pocket money shows in full see the attached info. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling mac’s Sales and Information Team on 0121 446 3232.
To see mac’s full summer programme of creative activities throughout the six weeks holiday, week by week, click here.
*Outdoor events go ahead come rain or come shine, so bring your sun block, wellies and blankets.
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