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Making it happen: Representatives of The East Midlands Children's Theatre Network meeting in Spalding.
Making it happen: Representatives of The East Midlands Children's Theatre Network meeting in Spalding.
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At the South Holland Centre we are finding that more and more of what we do is in partnership with other organisations.

A good example of this creative way of working is the East Midlands Children’s Theatre Network, a group of performance venues from across the region, including Nottingham, Northampton, Derby, Lincoln, Wellingborough, Corby, Buxton and Spalding.

Meeting recently at the Centre, the group’s aim is to bring the very best of British and international children’s theatre to the area – including into rural parts of the region like South Holland.

Some of the most creative, imaginative and entertaining theatre and dance is being made for family audiences at the moment, and the East Midlands Children’s Theatre Network aims to select the best available.

Spalding audiences have already started to experience the fruits of this project with two recent shows arranged through the network – ‘Too Many Penguins?’ from Frozen Charlotte and ‘Pinocchio’ from Hiccup Theatre.

Both of these came accompanied by lots of associated pre-show activities – we’re talking colour-me-in seaside bunting, mask-making and follow the penguin footsteps!

More family friendly events are planned over the coming year, notably around the national Family Arts Festival during the October half-term when little ones aged 3 to 7 are encouraged to bring their teddies to watch ‘Hugless Douglas’ on Saturday, November 1.

Then Vagabond’s Hat presents a circus steampunk extravaganza ‘Kinesonic’ on Friday, November 7, when Victor the Victorian and an unlikely team of workers attempt to restart a ramshackle musical engine. Both are family shows, with an extra day-time performance of Kinesonic for schools.

But before then, dig out your glitter, lurex and platforms and get ready to boogie at ‘Top of the Poppets’ – our very first family disco for under-7s and their grown-ups, taking place in the top floor function hall on Saturday, October 4, at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile there’s the rest of the summer to enjoy and we continue with a packed family cinema programme including screenings of Postman Pat and How to Train Your Dragon 2 this week.