New festival to be showcased in Lowestoft

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft is partnering with a few other venues for Once Upon a Festival. The

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft is partnering with a few other venues for Once Upon a Festival. The launch of the festival. Picture: Once Upon A Festival - Credit: Archant

A new collaborative festival will allow young people to experience a vibrant mix of dance, theatre and poetry performances when it arrives at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft is partnering with a few other venues for Once Upon a Festival. Pict

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft is partnering with a few other venues for Once Upon a Festival. Picture: Once Upon A Festival - Credit: Archant

Once Upon a Festival returns this June in venues and schools across East Anglia – featuring some of the best children's performance companies from across the UK.

Led by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the festival has five other partner venues; Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, Meet Up in Thetford, Southwold Arts Centre, Marketplace CPP – Chatteris In Myth & Memory and The Garage, Norwich.

A number of schools across Waveney will also be involved in the festival, which begins at the Marina Theatre on June 14/15 with Judith Kerr's classic book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Pied Piper Theatre Company visit Southwold Arts Centre on June 16 with The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, the show is packed with live music and audience participation.


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On Father's Day, Sunday, June 18 you can also watch the National Theatre Live's screening of their children's show Peter Pan at the Marina Theatre.

Week two opens with Suffolk based Theatre Company Wonderful Beast performing their latest show Orla's Moon at Southwold Arts Centre.

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Lyngo Theatre will be at the Marina Theatre with There and Back Again; The Odyssey a classic tale full of giants, myths and legends on June 21 at 1.30pm and also 4.30pm.

This year's Festival is sponsored by Taylor Wimpey and has been supported with funding from Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Lowestoft Rising and Arts Council England.

Will Isgrove, Head of young people and outreach at the Marina Theatre, said: 'We are really excited to be partnering with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to deliver 'Once Upon a Festival'.

'It is a great opportunity for local schools to come and be a part of some high quality theatre and engage with storytelling and performance.'

For more information about the performances at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk

Have you got a Lowestoft entertainments story? Email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk or alternatively you can call 01502 525820.

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