Magical children’s shows in Spalding

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Children find magic in places which grown-ups overlook: the saucepan set, the patter of rain on the roof, the overgrown garden. For years, children’s theatre has had a rich tradition of exploring these imaginary worlds – but what about music?

After a two year project researching the potential of music for younger audiences, MishMash Productions has created something new and exciting for its new show Hubbub - original music that directly connects with the world of children, leaving young eyes and ears utterly spellbound.

Hubbub is a musical adventure for children aged 5+ that sees five friends follow a playful beetle through a muttering meadow, over a rickety bridge, under the sea and into a volcano. The story unfolds in a tented den on the stage with the audience sitting on cushions within touching distance of the action. This exciting new production features actor Josie Rattigan, who is joined by an ensemble of four musicians from the celebrated Aurora Orchestra playing violin, cello, bassoon and clarinets throughout the performance.

Hubbub comes to the South Holland Centre on Saturday, October 15 at 1.30pm and 3.30pm – and anyone with a ticket is invited to arrive an hour before each show to make a mischievous mini-bug, at no extra charge. Tickets for the show are £8.50 and £7.50 for children under 16, with discounts for groups of 4+.

Further live events in the centre’s programme for children and families include: Sponge, a squidgy interactive show for under 5s (tomorrow at 11.30am and 1.30pm); Granny’s Game with Rhubarb Theatre during half term; the spectacularly entertaining WiFi Wars on Saturday, October 29 where audiences login with their smartphone to compete in a range of games on the big cinema screen; and Beauty and the Beast pantomime in December.