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Duckie

by Le Gateau Chocolat

Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, with a message of respect and self-acceptance at its core.

‘Totally engrossing… all are won over by the sheer magnetism of the performance’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Family-friendly glamour and glitz take centre stage as critically-acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell as Duckie, in his first work for children.

Set in an animal circus, we join him on his search to find a tribe and be accepted. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Looking unlike the rest? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.

A classic tale of identity and belonging told through music, narration and dress-up, topped with Le Gateau Chocolat’s distinctive baritone vocals.

WHY? ‘A baritone voice that makes the earth shake’ Basement Jaxx

'Duckie is a beautiful, thoughtful show... Salvation isn’t going to be found by turning into a beautiful swan – it comes from accepting yourself and realising it’s ok to be different’ Circles and Stalls

'Duckie delivers a message of acceptance and tolerance that resonates with adults and sews a seed in young children that hopefully blossoms in every new generation’
Live Art Alive

‘A reinvention of family theatre’ ★★★★★ Critics Choice, The Reviews Hub

Le Gateau Chocolat: 2018 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Age guidance: 3+ years. For the young and young at heart.

40 minutes.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps, but please book a free ticket for them.

Summer 2019 tour dates presented by house.
Supported by Arts Council England.

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Bring the whole family and enjoy singing, dancing and clapping along to hits by Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Jackie Wilson, as well as traditional Gospel Songs.

The 11.30am concert is a Relaxed performance - ideal for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND.

WHY? Music to inspire you!

50 minutes.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
£36 Family and Friends (4 people)
Please book a free baby seat for babies under 18 months.

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Sessions are 45 minutes.


Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


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Storytelling

11am and 1.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales!

This Half Term the stories will be

Mon 8 April - Messy Pig and Tidy Fairy
Tues 9 April - The Witch, the Rabbit and the Enchanted Carrots
Thur 11 Apr - The Magic Paintbrush
Mon 15 Apr - The High Street


Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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The Enormous Turnip

Living in their tiny shed amongst the garden tools, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything!

Before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed.

But no one knew that a vegetable could grow bigger than the cat, the dog and you and me put together! It’s gigantic, its roots are under the house and it’s taking over!

Unswerving energy, eccentric puppetry and live music in a re-potted version of this world-famous and much loved children’s story!

WHY? ‘Puppetry, live music and good old-fashioned charm sprout up left, right and centre’ The Stage

Age guidance: 3-10 years


Relaxed Performances
Performances on Wed 10 Apr at 2pm and Thur 11 Apr at 2pm are Relaxed - ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The house lights are kept on and audience members can come and go as they please.

60 minutes.

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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Chicken Licken

A recipe of food, puppets and music following the adventures of a growing chick and her encounters with a hungry fox

A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down. Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red Hen and asks her friends to help her make bread, but no one wants to play!

WHY? A trilogy of classic tales from the Ladybird books - Chicken Licken, The Little Red Hen and The Fox and the Hen

Presented by DNA.

Age guidance: 3-8 years.

45 minutes.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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Flux

Meet Kate: a physicist in the male-dominated labs of the 1980s.

Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of her generation, follow Kate as she discovers her potential as a cutting edge scientist. As a girl, Kate dreamt of being among the elite, but as expectations become reality and the professional turns personal, her world is in a spin.

Follow Kate as she discovers what it means to be a woman in a world of men.

WHY? Inspired by the work of female scientists, Flux uses extraordinary
puppetry, an electrifying set and a filmic score

Flux has been developed with Shoreditch Town Hall, Oxford Playhouse, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Cornerstone Arts, Brewery Arts Centre and the Institute of Physics.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Age guidance: 11+ years

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Morgan & West's Magic Show for Kids & Childish Grown-ups!

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!

Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105!

WHY? 'Hilarious and good for all ages' Primary Times

'Hugely talented' ★★★★ Daily Mirror

'Superbly crafted' ★★★★ The Stage

60 minutes.

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36

@nordenfarm
@MorganandWest

Morgan and West's website

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Half Term Concertini with The Polka Dots

Grab your tiny dancers and join us for upbeat originals and cover songs, high energy dance routines and on-stage charisma.

Vintage vocal harmony band The Polka Dots bring the best of 1940s and 50s classics - plus some modern numbers with a retro
twist!

The 11.30am is a Relaxed performance – ideal for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND.

WHY? Guaranteed to have the even the tiredest of feet tapping!

Age Guidance: 0 -8 years.

45 minutes.

Studio

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about 1 hour ago This week saw our flagship community arts programme, SocialArts, draw to a close following just over 2 years of fan… https://t.co/3dtJ8KfQua

about 1 hour ago This week saw our flagship community arts programme, SocialArts, draw to a close following just over 2 years of fantastic workshops and creativity! We are very grateful to the Rothschild Foundation for funding this well-loved, life changing, project. Sadly, funding has now come to an end. You can read the project evaluation and learn about the impact that this project had on our participants here: https://norden.farm/pages/evaluation-and-road-map We are seeking funding to support further projects addressing loneliness and isolation in older people, if you can help we would love to hear from you!

about 4 hours ago FREE! Family Workshop this Saturday in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre Quest Family Fest is just around the corner! You can get involved at our free workshop this weekend! Pop in anytime from 10am to work with our artists to create work inspired by our upcoming show, The Enormous Turnip. Find us opposite Tesco!

about 23 hours ago This Friday, Odette Michell and Richard Lee combine their unique genres and talents to create an intimate evening of music in our Studio. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/odette-michell-and-richard-lee

1 day ago The Kid Who Would Be King Review Card An epic retelling of this much loved myth. Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon Excalibur! Now he must unite his friends and enemies to take on the wicked enchantress Morgana! Will their quest succeed? Find out from Thur 11 Apr --> https://norden.farm/events/the-kid-who-would-be-king-pg

1 day ago Check out this amazing trailer for NT Live: All About Eve – directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Lily James ad Gillian Anderson! Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful theatre production, right here on the big screen in Maidenhead on Thur 11 and Sun 28 April --> https://norden.farm/events/nt-live-all-about-eve-12a-tbc

1 day ago ❤️ SocialArts: The Crafty Group for Older People ❤️ Today marks the end of our SocialArts project which began in January 2017. In the past 2 years this wonderful bunch have taken part in 75 weekly sessions. They have shown their work in 2 exhibitions and created over 1000 pieces of art as a group and individually! A huge thanks goes to our group leader Amelia, and volunteer Rachelle for their dedication and creativity. It has certainly been fun!

1 day ago Laura and her children travel to the Spanish village where she grew up, to attend her sister’s wedding – but unexpected events expose the family’s hidden past. Everybody Knows heads to our screen on Sun 14 and Tues 16 Apr --> https://norden.farm/events/everybody-knows-15

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