Big Imaginations Festival 2013

Big Imaginations Announces First Ever Festival of Children’s Theatre in the North West

Delightfully diverse line-up includes performances from one-man wonder Tim Crouch, a messy celebration of yummy food through the medium of dance and a chance to see the word’s first ever projection-mapped pop-up book

Big Imaginations Theatre consortium has announced its line-up for the first ever Festival of Children’s Theatre in the North West, as a wealth of UK and international talent takes centre stage at the network’s 15 venues throughout the region from 18th October to 3rd November.

From the classic showdown between the Hare and the Tortoise and a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth night, to the world’s first projection mapped pop-up book and the heart-warming tale of the Elephant Bridesmaid, the Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will celebrate brilliant children’s theatre and fire the imaginations of a wide range of children, from toddling two-year olds to sophisticated pre-teens.

Festival highlights include: A timeless story of bullying, prudery and practical jokes as one-man wonder Tim Couch reimagines Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Malvolio; a chance to peek inside the magical pages of the Icebook, the world’s first projection-mapped pop-up book; beloved tales brought colourfully to life in The Hare and the Tortoise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf; a dripping, flowing, bubbling and fizzing celebration of Water in H20; and ghoulish fun for  brave families in Spooky Tales.

“Our aim is to bring the very best theatre to local venues at an affordable price to excite, amaze and enchant children with a life-long love of theatre,” says Liz O’Neill, CEO Z-arts, a lead partner of Big Imaginations.  “We are incredibly excited to be presenting this two-week celebration of theatre created especially for kids.  Local children from the ages of two to twelve will be able to see beloved literature spring to life, visit lonely moons, meet spellbinding puppets and brave spooky tales of things that go bump in the night!”

The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will also be part of the first ever Family Arts Festival, joining leading arts venues and institutions programming events to entertain family audiences. The Family Arts Festival is the first UK-wide festival including theatre, dance, music and visual arts events designed to increase family participation in the arts and building on the momentum of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.  For more information go to


The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will be taking place at venues across the region including Z-arts in Manchester, Citadel in St Helens, Waterside in Sale, The Brindley in Halton, The Atkinson in Southport, Burnley Youth Theatre, The Edge in Chorlton and the Dukes and Nuffield theatres in Lancaster.  Further details and listings to be released nearer the time.



Press Contact: Beverley Wilkins, Hummingbird Communications, 07525 042572,



June 26th, 2013

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