The Spark Festival returns to thrill Leicester’s families

The Spark Festival returns this year to inspire both children and adults with some fabulous performances, between Monday 19 May and Sunday 1 June 2014. Be ready to have unlimited family friendly fun at Leicester’s favourite children’s festival at Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s Arts Centre. The festival highlights at Embrace Arts include:
Movers Theatre Company, Leicester’s Learning and Disabled Theatre Company presents Secret Stories (for 10+ years), which tells the story of a magic book where characters escape to create mischief. The performance is suitable for disabled and non-disabled audiences, and will take place on Thursday 22 May at 7pm.
Krazy Kat Theatre Company recreated Shakespeare’s comedy: A (midsummer night’s) Dream (for 4-11 years). The company is focused on a child-centred theatre featuring puppets, music, actors, sign language and a mixed cast of deaf and hearing performers and writers. The performance will be on Sunday 25 May at 11am and 2.30pm.
Too Many Penguins (for 1-4 years), which won the2012 Winner of Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production for Children and Young People. The show features macrobert and Frozen Charlotte’s exploration of space while squeezing a huge amount of penguins into a fun theatrical space. The show will be on Wednesday 28 May at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Norwich Puppet Theatre and Polka Theatre present Three Colours (For 2 – 4 years), performance that will take the audience into a magical world of colour and imaginary landscapes. Using projection, light, puppets, music and dance, Three Colours will delight the imagination of the young on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 May at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
There will be music by composer Jack Ross and members of Sinfonia Viva, who invite the audience to join the crew, jump on board and discover the sounds and stories of the sea around the world. Where Corals Lie (for 5+ years) will take place on Sunday 1 June, 2pm – 3pm. There will also be a pre-show workshop at 1pm, £3.
Art will be part of the festival too. Birds, Beasts and Fishes: Reg and Ann Cartwright will be an exhibition in the gallery that shows artworks from the artist personal collection. The artists’ works illustrated numerous children’s books. Entrance to the exhibition is FREE. There will be a FREE special exhibition preview with the artists and afternoon tea on Monday 19 May, 12pm – 2pm, and a FREE family drop-in workshop to create a giant collage inspired by Reg and Ann Cartwright work, on Wednesday 28 May, 10.30am-3pm.
Tickets are £7, or £25 party of four, for each performance, and will take place at Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA.
To book, visit www.embracearts.co.uk or call the box office on 0116 252 2455.