Embark on inspiring theatrical adventures and remarkable experiences at Arts Centre Melbourne this winter and spring!
Families are invited to experience an array of remarkable theatrical adventures and interactive experiences as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2018 Winter Spring Families program. The creative line-up will feature thrilling new stage adaptations of famous books including Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and the much loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Children and their families will be able to rock out at the Teeny Tiny Stevies Tea Party, head to the depths of the ocean in the interactive theatre experience Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium, tackle big ideas in The Children’s Party: Think Tank Sessions and be dazzled by The Great Illusionist. Arts Centre Melbourne is also thrilled to welcome back Bamboozle Theatre Company, who will be presenting their new adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo’s Gentle Giant, an immersive, multi-sensory experience for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
“This season celebrates some really exciting artists from Melbourne, Australia and across the world who make extraordinary work for young audiences. Children get the opportunity to dance, participate, watch, listen and contribute in this program – there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy and engage with. ” says Arts Centre Melbourne Creative Producer, Families and Young People Mary Harvey.
From June to November, passionate young people have the chance to participate in The Children’s Party: Think Tank Sessions, a series of workshops responding to the exciting provocations and hot topic issues. The material created will feed into future iterations of The Children’s Party, an interactive arts experience which champions the powerful perspectives of children.
In July little ones and their families will have the chance to experience a Tea Party featuring much-loved children’s band the Teeny Tiny Stevies who will perform their highly anticipated second release Useful Songs for Little People. During the school holidays audiences will also have the opportunity to enter the magical imagination of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll in a new ultra-modern steampunk musical adaptation of The Hunting of the Snark.
In August two international theatre makers will return to Arts Centre Melbourne to present new works. The Netherlands’ acclaimed Het Filaal theatermakers will perform a rich multilayered production, The Great Illusionist featuring live music, impressive illusions, magical puppetry and marvellous tricks. Bamboozle Theatre Company, from the UK, will present Gentle Giant, an immersive, multi-sensory experience for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Children will have the chance to the experience an interactive voyage into the ocean in September when the makers of the sell-out hit Dinosaur Zoo present Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium. Roald Dahl’s much-loved book George’s Marvellous Medicine will be brought to life at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 25 – 29 September as part of a national tour. Dahl’s classic tale bounds off the page and onto the stage in a spectacular live show for all ages.
The stage adaptation of another much-loved book will complete the Winter Spring program when The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show hits Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse. The wondrous production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapted from four of author Eric Carle’s timeless stories.
Throughout the year families also have a chance to participate in a diverse range of workshops at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne’s high-tech learning lab.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s year-round Families Program was launched in August 2009 and has grown in reputation to become a highly respected program both in Melbourne and nationally. Featuring intimate and large-scale theatre from some of the world’s most respected companies and a diverse range of interactive workshops, the program is robust and growing in size, scale and scope.
Watch a short video of the full program here:
ACM Families Program | Winter Spring 2018
Arts Centre Melbourne
Families Winter/Spring 2018 Bookings: ONLINE or 1300 182 183
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100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004