Theatre Review: Sleepyhead – Little Angel Theatre at mac birmingham

I’m sure I’ve written before about the special place in my heart reserved for mac (Midlands Arts Centre). It was where I worked my first arts job after graduating, and I spent a very happy year there – even if the commute killed off two cars (the stop/start traffic through Kings Heath is not kind on old knackered bangers). They have some of the best family programming in the region, and it’s always a delight to visit the arts centre as a family. This week, we bundled up warm and braved the traffic to watch one of mac’s two children’s…

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Theatre Review: Hush-a-Bye – Oily Cart at Warwick Arts Centre

This time last year, Pickle had his first experience of theatre: In a Pickle by Oily Cart. It absolutely blew me (and him) away, and was the best possible introduction to children’s theatre I could have asked for. They set the standard bar really high! And although we’ve seen some pretty brilliant theatre together since, nothing has quite matched that first production for me. It’s no surprise then, that I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my last day before going back to work than enjoying another Oily Cart theatre performance with Pickle, Hush-a-Bye. In fact, I delayed my start date…

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Theatre Review: Stick Man – Scamp Theatre at Town Hall, Birmingham

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Julia Donaldson? Right from when he was just a few months old, our Donaldson board books have been highly amongst Pickle’s favourites – in fact, I rarely attempt a lunch out or a coffee date without taking Postman Bear* with us. I was, obviously, delighted when I heard the Town Hall in Birmingham had programmed in a touring production of Stick Man by Scamp Theatre and after we’d finished off our Christmas Dinner, walked off the pudding on our traditional Boxing Day Clent Hills walk, we headed into town on 27th December to…

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Theatre Review: Home for Christmas – New Old Friends at Lichfield Garrick Theatre

We’re lucky to live in the West Midlands – we have a wonderful wealth of cultural venues to choose from. We’re a stone’s throw away from Birmingham and all our second city has to offer (from big arena venues and multi-disciplinary centres to smaller intimate studio spaces), Warwick Arts Centre is only a hop along the motorway and more locally, Artrix in Bromsgrove has a fantastic programme for young people and families. These venues offer such a wealth of theatre that I rarely look further afield, but our visit to the Lichfield Garrick this weekend to see New Old Friends‘…

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A Snow Day, Sewing and a Kids Songs CD Giveaway #LittleLoves

This week’s Little Loves is jam packed a whole variety of things, including a giveaway to win a Kids Songs CD. If you’re as obsessed with the theme tunes of Cbeebies shows as I am, you’ll definitely want to enter. From days of sunshine, to a blanket of snow covering the ground this morning – the last fortnight has been a real mixture of everything. Here’s an overview!

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