Big Imaginations will commission artists and companies from across the North West to make three different shows over the next 3 years.

Commission 3, 2017

The third and final commission fund the R&Ds of two shows, You, Me & i by Urban Conceptz, and Adrift, by Action Transport Theatre.

This commission is about celebrating the talent we have in the North so that we continue to help develop the quality of work available on our doorstep.

Sponge – Commission 2, 2016

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Big Imaginations is continuing its wonderful obsession with bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North West with a brand new early years commission for 2016!

Produced by Big Imaginations and co-commissioned by The Spark Arts, Sponge, created by leading dance theatre group Turned On Its Head, will preview at Just So Festival in August, a magical festival for families set in the beautiful estate of Rhode Hall, Cheshire, before premiering at Z-arts Manchester and embarking on a tour of the North West in 2016.

Read the press release

Watch the trailer

If you would like to book Sponge for your venue – Download the tour pack here

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Follow the progress online using #SPONGETHESHOW

Tour Dates – 2016

August 2016

Friday 19th August – Preview Shows Just So Festival

Saturday 20th August – Preview Shows Just So Festival

Sunday 21st August – Preview Shows Just So Festival

September 2016

Thursday 29th September  – PREMIERE – Z-arts

October 2016

Saturday 1st October – The Egg, Bath

Sunday 2nd October -The Egg, Bath

Monday 3rd October – Lincoln Drill Hall

Tuesday 4th October – Louth Playgoers – Riverhead Theatre

Wednesday 5th October – South Holland Centre, Spalding

Friday 7th October – Curve, Leicester

Saturday 8th October – Curve, Leicester

Monday 10th October – The Core at Corby Cube

Thursday 13th October – Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

Friday 14th October – The Turnpike, Leigh Library

Sunday 16th October – Paines Plough Roundabout Festival, The Civic, Barnsley

Wednesday 19th October – Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Caerphilly

Thursday 20th October -Spot On Lancashire

Friday 21st October – Brookfields Special School (schools show) Widnes

Saturday 22nd October – The North Wall, Oxford

Tuesday 25th October – Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre

Wednesday 26th October – The Atkinson, Southport

Thursday 27th October -Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Friday 28th October -St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

November 2016

Tuesday 1st November – Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Wednesday 2nd November  – Action Transport Theatre, Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port

Thursday 3rd November  – Burnley Arts Centre

Friday 4th November – Citadel, St Helens

Saturday 5th November – Citadel, St Helens

Sunday 6th November – The Boo, Rossendale

December 2016

Saturday 10th December – Shows – Lancaster Arts

Tuesday 13th December – Performance 1, 2 – Barbican

Wednesday 14th December – Performance 3, 4 – Barbican

Thurs 15th December – Performance 5, 6 – Barbican

Saturday 17th December – Performance 7,8, 9 – Barbican

Sunday 18th December – Performance 10, 11, 12 Barbican

Monday 19th December – performance 13, 14 – Barbican

Tuesday 20th December – Performance 15, 16 – Barbican

Wednesday 21st December – Performance 17, 18 – Barbican

Tour Dates – 2017

Feb 2017

Weds 15th Feb – Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Thurs 16th Feb – Salisbury Arts Centre

Fri 17th Feb  – Déda, Derby

Sun 19th Feb –  mac Birmingham

Thurs 23rd Feb – Darlington Civic

Fri 24th Feb –  Gala, Durham

Sat 25th Feb – Gala, Durham

May/June 2017

Sat 20th May –  arc, Stockton

Tues 23rd May – Fri 26th May – The Spark Arts

Sat 27th May – Ropetackle Arts Centre

Sun 28th May –  The Lowry, Salford

Weds 31st May – Thurs 1st June – Theatre Clwyd

Sun 4th June – Gulbenkian Theatre (University of Kent)

Weds 7th June –  The Point, Eastleigh

Thurs 8th June –  Little Angel Theatre

Fri 9th June – Sat 10th June – Stratford Circus

Sun 11th June – Artsdepot

The Adventures of Pom – Commission 1, 2015

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Our first Commission, an early years outreach project called The Adventures of Pom, has travelled all over the North West, visiting libraries in Wigan and Wythenshawe to children’s centre in Southport, and primary schools all over Greater Manchester. Starting in August, The Adventures of Pom premiered at the Just So Festival in Cheshire, and made its way across various regions of the North West, from Manchester to St. Helens and all the way to Rossendale, finishing its tour at the end of November.

Pom recieved really lovely comments and excellent overall feedback from all the venues on the tour:

“Absolutely magical – lovely. Thankyou Bryony 2 3/4 yrs” – Briony, Just So Festival Audience Member

“Excellent, suitable for all ages, including mums!” – Fleetwood Library Audience Member

“The show was great and my little girl enjoyed Pom going around the different stuff that was on the floor and last week was good thx so much for a great time. : -)” – Wythenshawe Library Audience Member

“I liked the whole story but when Pom got lost I was happy when her Mummy found her Grace Aged 3. Wonderful story. “ – Central Library, St Helens, Grace’s Grannie & Grandpa

“Beautiful performance. My 2 year old loved everything, the music, the objects to handle and especially Pom. She recognised all of the objects from the previous workshops. The story was engaging and Ruth bought the worlds to life. A great and memorable experience. Thank you.” – Eccleston Library, St Helens, Rachel Albrecht & Matilda

“Fantastic activity sessions leading up to a lovely performance. Freya enjoyed every part of it. It is usually quite difficult to get Freya to sit and listen but she thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope to see more of this type of activity. Thank you very much.” – Wigan Library, Sarah, Phil and Freya

“Was lovely to be a part of something different, thank you for the experience!”Ighten Hill Children’s Centre, Burnley Rachel & Sophie

“Ruthie did a great job! Really creative, imaginative + engaging with loads of interaction for my 22 month old! Hope to get to lots more things like this. Also great to have it in the library!” – Bacup Library, Lancashire, Audience Member

Due to the success of The Adventures of Pom, Ruthie will be touring with Pom again throughout 2016. Watch this space and check out for details of the upcoming shows.