10 great family shows in Norfolk this February half-term

Cirque Du Hilarious, Horrible Histories, The Jungle Book and The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Photos: Su

Cirque Du Hilarious, Horrible Histories, The Jungle Book and The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Photos: Submitted - Credit: Archant

There is something for all ages – toddlers to teenagers — on the stage in Norfolk and beyond this February half-term. Simon Parkin highlights shows, from fairytales to puppet shows, which offer the perfect family treat.

The Tin Forest

Norwich Puppet Theatre, February 10, 11am/2.30pm, £9, £30 family, 01603 629921, puppettheatre.co.uk

Based on the book by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson, The Tin Forest is about a lonely old man who lives in a dreary junkyard, full of other people's broken and unwanted rubbish. He dreams that one day his world will be full of life, colour and sound. His wish is about to come true. An uplifting, humorous and touching show, full of visual invention, puppetry and musical fun with mechanical birds, a wind-up circus and exotic animals of all shapes and sizes.

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Dear Zoo Live!

Norwich Playhouse, February 10-12, various times, £14, £50 family, 01603 598598, norwichplayhouse.co.uk

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Rod Campbell's well known children's books with their simple, distinctive drawings and often repetitive text engage young children in learning to read. Here his best-selling lift the flap book is making its stage premiere. It is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet prompting he search for the perfect animal. The stage unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 11, 2.30pm, £8, 01284 758000, theapex.co.uk

A stand-up comedy show for children aged over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words by James Campbell, who also writes the hilarious Boyface books. James's show will find the hilariously funny things about everything, including pets, couscous, Spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees, why we have hair and will answer questions such as: do sausage dogs eat sausages?

The Jungle Book

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, February 11-12, various times, £12.50-£8.50, 01284 769505, theatreroyal.org

Following the success of Alice in Wonderland, Immersion Theatre return for a fourth year, with their brand new musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic. Mowgli and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther head off on a madcap adventure in the jungle as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan. It's an adaptation filled with catchy music, a laugh-out-loud script, audience interaction and the chance to meet the characters after the show.

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

Downham Market Town Hall, February 14/Dereham Memorial Hall, February 16/Hockwold Village Hall, February 17/Metfield Village Hall, February 18, full details of all at creativeartseast.co.uk/whats-on

These classic stories created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, which became one of the most iconic television series of the 1970s, are playfully retold using puppets, original film, live music and a cast of silly Vikings in this new piece of theatre for families. Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, go North on a journey of adventure and discovery to battle the Fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin's wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad!

Horrible Histories: More Barmy Britain

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, February 14, 1.30pm/4.30pm, £16-£12, £52 family, 01263 512495, cromerpier.co.uk

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! Luckily Horrible Histories are back with this special show featuring more of your favourite characters from our barmy past – and a brand new scene with wordy Will! Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!

Foolhardy Circus

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, February 15, 11am/2pm, £5, 01986 897130, fishertheatre.org

The Foolhardy Circus troupe return with their circus skills and comedy acrobatics show. In the morning there is a workshop to have a go with traditional circus props (£5, ages 6+). In the afternoon lots of clowning around, seven-ball juggling, magic and death-defying acrobatics in their latest show. With a bit of splosh and unplanned audience mayhem too! They will also be at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on Feb 13.

Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

Sheringham Little Theatre, February 15, 2.30pm, £8, £6 under-16s, 01263 822347, sheringhamlittletheatre.com/St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, February 16, 2pm, £8 (£6 cons), 01493 331484, stgeorgestheatre.com

Jay Foreman is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, The One Show and Dave Gorman's last UK tour. With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, his live show provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in a family friendly show.

Cirque Du Hilarious — Magical Mischief Tour

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, February 15-18, Thurs-Sat 2.30pm and 6.30pm/Sun 1.30pm and 4.30pm, £16.50-£13 (£13-£12.50 cons), £10 children, discounts for families, 01493 844172, hippodromecircus.co.uk

The superstars of slapstick, Clive Webb and Danny Adams once again bring their madness and mayhem to the Hippodrome with a brand new show. The father and son team's particular brand of promises more havoc and chaos. This time they will be joined by village idiot Michael Potts and a full supporting cast including the Cirque du Hilarious Showgirls, live rock band Clownforce and some international circus acts. What could possibly go wrong? They are also at King's Lynn Corn Exchange on Feb 13.


Norwich Theatre Royal, February 18, 7.30pm, £17.50-£8.75, 01603 630000, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Michala Jane School of Dance's gripping and action-packed show based on the enduring tale of Pocahontas, daughter of Powhatan, chief of the Tsenacommacah Native Americans. From the moment British settlers arrive in the name of King James and exploitation, fate would chooses her to play a pivotal role in the beginning of the end of her world and the genesis of a nation. It's a heart-warming journey through loyalty, betrayal, hope, romance, revelation, tragedy and joy, with dance routines and songs from a cast of 200+ multi-talented performers of all ages.

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