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Dark, Fantastical Fun Awaits Kids In School Holidays
Stuck for something to do with the children during the school half-term holiday in February?

Then never fear, for the Lichfield Garrick theatre has put together a splendid half term entertainment programme from February 15 to 20, including great productions and participation opportunities for young theatre goers and their families.

The Lost Things, Tortoise in a Nutshell
Half-term programme begins with The Lost Things

Theatrical treats start on Monday 15 February with The Lost Things by award-winning theatre company, Tortoise in a Nutshell, and writer Oliver Emanuel.

The play follows a boy who falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It's a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn't even know you were looking for. This is a dark fairy-tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

The Lost Things, Tortoise in a Nutshell
The Lost Things is described as a dark fairy-tale

The Lost Things, which is aimed at children aged nine and above, runs at the theatre on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February.

This is followed by Pocket Dream, a fast-moving, easily understood and visually stunning version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February.

The show is performed by Propeller Theatre Company, an all-male Shakespeare company, which sets out to create a production that includes poetry, humour and imagination, and a little bit of magic.

Pocket Dream
Puck from Propeller's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (credit Nobby Clark)

And after an hour the audience will be invited into the performance space to question the actors.

The final instalment in the half-term programme is aimed at young people wanting to immerse themselves even more in the theatrical experience, and to take part themselves.

The Lichfield Garrick will be hosting a Family Day on Saturday 20 February when local families will be given the opportunity to experience all elements of performing arts with lots of fun-filled free activities and affordable workshops.

Families can join in with the new Comedy School for Kids, bring out their creative side with local artists, follow the story-tellers on a magical adventure and have a go at writing poetry.

Cinder-Ella, Krazy Kat Theatre Company
Krazy Kat Theatre Company perform Cinder-Ella puppet show

And, as part of the Family Day, Krazy Kat Theatre Company will be exploring one of the classic fairy-tales with its production, Cinder-Ella.

Join Krazy Kat performer Kinny Gardner in imaginative silliness with inventive puppetry, fully integrated British Sign Language, tunes from Rossini's opera and even an aria.

Ticket prices for the three shows range from 9 to 12 for adults and 7-10 for children. For tfurther information, including times, visit or call the box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Magical, Fantastical Fun For Children This Half-Term
When: 15-20 February 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 9-12 for adults, 7-10 for children
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