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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.

other events you may be interested in

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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!

The crafts for May Half Term are:

Mon 27 May - Bunting
Tues 28 May - Reptiles (Chameleon & Snake)
Wed 29 May - Weather (Rainbow Mobile and 3D Rainy Picture)
Thur 30 May - Duck & Swan
Fri 31 May - Africa (Mask and Collar)
Sat 1 Jun - Bug Crowns and Bracelets Making

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 May Half Term the stories will be:

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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

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Eggs on Legs

Presented by Garlic Theatre.

Once I found a little egg
To my surprise it grew a leg!
Where did it come from?
Where will it go?
To find out come and see the show...

A cracking family show full of wonder and surprise. Garlic Theatre bring you a Dr Zeuss world filled with funny, crazy eggs that hatch in the most unexpected places.

WHY? Full of clowning, puppets and zany music to make you roll around with laughter

Ages guidance: 3-7 years.

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

Garlic Theatre's Website

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Clare Hollingworth & the Scoop of the Century

Presented by PaddleBoat Theatre Company.

29 August, 1939. Today it is reported that a young, intrepid journalist crossed over the border from Poland to Germany. There, she saw something that would change her life and history forever…

The tale of fearless journalist Clare Hollingworth. From the busy newspaper offices in London to the frontline during World War II, Clare’s adventures tell the remarkable true story of one of the most important writers of our time.

WHY? Go undercover in this highly interactive show bursting with storytelling, songs and the scoop of the century

Age guidance: 4+ years

50 minutes.

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

@PaddleBoatTCo
@nordenfarm

PaddleBoat Theatre Company's Website

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The Bear

From the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted by Pins and Needles

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?
One night when she's fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

Featuring inventive design, original music, and magical puppetry.

'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic' The Guardian

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Kite Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops across the school holidays, then see your creation take to the sky!

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about 15 hours ago Join an all female, bicycle powered, troupe for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest like no other! A shipwreck washes the court of Milan onto a mysterious desert island - inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters! Join The Handlebards on Wednesday 10 July --> https://norden.farm/events/the-tempest-93

about 17 hours ago We have a jam-packed line up of events right on your doorstep at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead this half term! With magic from Morgan & West a tale based on The Ugly Duckling in Duckie starring Le Gateau Chocolat and guareented to get you dancing - our Concertini with Check out some of our highlights below or browse all school holiday events here ➡️ https://norden.farm/events/future/school%20holiday

about 20 hours ago There are only 20 tickets left for That Blind Comedian - Chris McCausland on Friday 7 June! Make sure you don't miss out on his brand new stand up show Speaky Blinder --> https://norden.farm/events/chris-mccausland-speaky-blinder

about 21 hours ago ⚡️⚡️Norden Farm News Flash ⚡️⚡️ We are excited to be joined by Russell Howard for three dates next week - trying out some brand new material! Tickets are on sale now through the link below ⬇️

about 22 hours ago Comedian Bilal Zafar is back in Maidenhead with a brand new show on Friday 24 May at 8pm - the perfect way to kick start your bank holiday! Social media has been taken over by bots spreading hate, fear and influencing how we vote. But Bilal has made his own bots to fight back - and these bots only want to spread love and compassion! As seen and heard on BBC Three, Channel 4, MTV, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Radio 4.

about 22 hours ago ⭐️ There's just over a day left of voting in this year's Muddy Stilettos Awards - we're very proud to have made it into the finals for Best Theatre in Berkshire! ⭐️ If you have a moment to spare, your support would be hugely appreciated! You can cast your votes here ➡️ https://berkshire.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote/theatre-arts-venue You can also support our fellow Maidenhead and Berkshire business across 24 categories including Best Bar, Best Gift Shop, Best Cafe and more!

about 23 hours ago Want to bring a bit of magic to your half term? Time travelling magicians Morgan & West return to Maidenhead with a jaw dropping, brain busting, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! Join them at Norden Farm on Mon 27 May at 11.30am and 2pm! More info and tickets --> http://bit.ly/MorganWestMagic

about 23 hours ago RT @redkitedays: Half term is almost here - check out the Red Kite Days' guide to what's on in Berkshire. https://t.co/eq0reLPiEi @norden…

about 23 hours ago We're thrilled to be in the finals! If you haven't voted yet - vote now for your favourite Theatre in Berkshire through the link below ⬇️ Voting closes tomorrow at 12pm!

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