Artistic Director of Polka Theatre Peter Glanville today announces the company’s first BIG DREAMS Early Years Festival running from 24 – 28 August.
It is a festival curated by Polka Theatre which showcases and celebrates Early Years Theatre by leading UK and International companies. The Festival includes inspiring shows for children and fascinating talks and workshops for artists and industry professionals.
This inaugural festival is also part of Mapping, a Creative Europe funded programme which explores the aesthetics of performing arts for Early Years.
BIG DREAMS has an exciting programme of events, including two productions from international theatre companies, Branar and Theater Tre from Ireland and Sweden respectively. Alongside 5 productions for Early Years audiences, there is also an opportunity for students, peers and industry professionals to network and build on new skills in the varied programme of workshops and talks.
These include a live interview with award-winning freelance artist and dramaturg, Sarah Argent, an insightful look into creating accessible working environments with Second Hand Dance, and a clowning workshop with Branar’s Miquel Barcelo.
Peter Glanville said today, ‘We are delighted to be presenting our inaugural BIG DREAMS Early Years Theatre Festival, a celebration of work by some of best International and UK Theatre companies and artists in this field. We hope that BIG DREAMS will not only be a source of enjoyment for our young audiences, but also provide a professional development platform for artists, students, peers and researchers to explore the parameters and possibilities of Early Years Theatre’