Line-up unveiled for children’s arts festival in Bury St Edmunds

The Theatre Royal cast of Stick Man threw their weight behind Bury's first ever Children's Arts Festival ''Pictured: Tom Ogden (Events Officer for Borough Council), Ian Clarke (Borough Council), Rachel Winters, Oliver Grant, Alex Tosh, Karen Simpson (Director of Theatre Festival) and Emma Martin (Theatre Royal Marketing Manager)
The Theatre Royal cast of Stick Man threw their weight behind Bury's first ever Children's Arts Festival ''Pictured: Tom Ogden (Events Officer for Borough Council), Ian Clarke (Borough Council), Rachel Winters, Oliver Grant, Alex Tosh, Karen Simpson (Director of Theatre Festival) and Emma Martin (Theatre Royal Marketing Manager)

The full programme has been unveiled for Bury St Edmunds’ first ever Children’s Arts Festival.

Championed by the town’s Theatre Royal, the event - from June 22 to July 6 - is billed as a ‘mini-Edinburgh festival’ for families’ promising a wealth of drama, music and dance performances as well as workshops and other events.

Tickets for The Children’s Arts Festival, Bury St Edmunds are now on sale with performances and events to be held at the theatre, The Apex, Conservatoire East and in schools across the region.

Karen Simpson, director of the Theatre Royal, said: “This is such an exciting time for the arts organisations in Bury to work together to produce something really special for the children and families living within our region. I always imagined it to be like a mini-Edinburgh Festival for families but based here in East Anglia.

“We have over 50 performances taking place and that means that so many people of all ages will get the opportunity to experience first rate work that is inspiring, creative and entertaining.

“In addition to families, we are also going to work with approximately 30 primary and middle schools in our region.

“There are original stories and adaptations using children’s story books alongside traditional tales that people know well.”

The programme of shows includes When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish, written and performed by Dommy B as seen on BBC’s Rhyme Rocket and Big Red Bath adapted from Julia Jarman’s popular children’s picture book.

Informal family concert Crazy Creatures is inspired by popular children’s books The Duck With No Luck and A Cat callled Scratch.

One Little Word will captivate children’s imaginations with a moving story told with original music and just one spoken word; Puss in Boots will be brought to life by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies and Arabian Nights will be retold with music, puppetry and magic. Free family activities include a family picnic and art workshops with RojoART; a baby disco; Arabian Nights Touch Tours and Sunday Brunch with creative activities.

The event has received £15,000 grant funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is supported by Suffolk County as well as St Edmundsbury Borough Councils. It is sponsored by Conservatoire East.

For tickets and festival passes, visit www.theatreroyal.org or www.theapex.co.uk