Lyngo Theatre Company brings their Interactive Snow Play for children, to the Pleasance this summer.

Following its smash-hit Christmas run at the Lyric Hammersmith Snow Play comes to the Pleasance London in preparation for its residency at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Snow has a magical quality that enchants the child in all of us and in this production, devised and brought to you by Italian theatre company Lyngo, there is plenty of it. Directed by Marcello Chiarenza and ‘accompanied by Carlo Cialdo Capelli’s gentle, melodious music’ (The Stage) the audience are invited to interact with the performers and scenery alike.

Children are encouraged to get involved as much as they want and with a set full of snow the opportunities are ample, from making a giant snowman and having a super snowball fight to helping Mr Green reclaim his house from the snow and bring back spring. Whilst parents will be able to sympathise with Mr Green’s plight the children will almost certainly side with the lazy but charismatic Mr White as he takes over Mr Green’s home.

Both Carol Rossi and Patrick Lynch, who play the personifications of the opposing seasons, are experienced entertainers of children and bring their talents to bear on this captivating production.

‘The most vividly memorable thing about this show is the gales of infantile laughter every time the charismatic Carol Rossi lifts so much as an eyebrow. He has a remarkable gift for entertaining children.’ (The Stage)

‘Another fantastic show for very young ones, this is an utterly enchanting 30 minutes…children (and adults) will be captivated’ (The Evening Standard, 9 Best Festive Family Shows in London) 21/12/10

For more information: www.pleasance.co.uk

Underneath the Floorboards – A balletLORENT and Northern Stage Co-Production

Underneath The Floorboards is a new work from balletLORENT’s award-winning choreographer Liv Lorent. Co-produced by Northern Stage and in association with Gateshead Council, Liv is working with a compelling range of collaborators to create this enchanting production for under 5s with costumes designed and realised by Paul Shriek, story and songs written by Ben Crompton, music and songs composed by Kit Haigh, set designed and realised by Andy Stephenson (of Northern Stage), lighting designed by Matt Britten, and four amazing balletLORENT dancers: Jon Beney, Gavin Clarke, Gwen Berwick and Phillipa White.

Underneath The Floorboards premieres at Northern Stage on 25th January with further performances on the 26th January before the company moves over to Gateshead Old Town for a further three performances on the 27th & 28th January.

Long gone are the days when young children are taken to the theatre by their parents or school to watch a show they’ve been told they might like.  Award winning choreographer Liv Lorent (balletLORENT) and Northern Stage have turned the tables on the whole process by creating a production that puts the young person at the heart of the work.

‘Underneath the Floorboards’ is brimming with original songs, colourful costumes and beautiful movement that allows the children to interact with the performers and storyline.

“There’s currently a lot of good theatre around for this youthful age group but there isn’t so much dance.  Therefore as a company, we want to deliver daytime productions that will captivate our young audience,” said Liv Lorent.

The show has an intimate setting to ensure a comfortable viewing experience for both children and adults; with ‘ease of access’ to encourage the young people to freely interact.  The theatre space will be kitted out with a soft floor, cushions and a seated area.  This approach continues to champion the defined methodology delivered by balletLORENT and Northern Stage intended to entertain and inform this age group.

balletLORENT is an established contemporary dance company based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more information, go visit: www.northernstage.co.uk