Theatre for young people

George's Marvellous Medicine

Birmingham Stage Company take Roald Dahl's play, adapted by Stuart Paterson, to St Helens Theatre Royal for day and evening performances, Sept 29 to Oct 3; Croydon Ashcroft, Oct 6-10; Rhyl Pavilion, Oct 27-31; Redhill Harlequin, Nov 3-7; and Exeter Northcott Nov 10-14.

Field of Fire

Pop-Up's daytime tour for children aged over seven of Tim Newton and Michael Dalton's story of a brother and sister fleeing a fire. Based on Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, it visits Sheringham Little, Oct 10; Howden Park Centre, Oct 14; Stirling MacRobert, Oct 15; Glasgow Gilmorehill Centre, Oct 16; Darlington Arts, Oct 17; Kendal Brewery, Oct 18; Barrow-in-Furness Forum 28, Oct 20-21; Leicester Haymarket, Oct 22-24; Windsor Arts, Nov 3; Barnet Bull, Nov 5; Cambridge Drama Centre, Nov 7; Gloucester Guildhall, Nov 11; Bath Ustinov, Nov 12-14; Southampton Nuffield, Nov 21.

Snow Shoes

Pop-Up's other show, for under eights, is Michael Dalton's story of adventure and learning, playing day times at Leicester Phoenix, Dec 15-17; Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, Dec 21 to Jan 27; Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Jan 23; and Cambridge Drama Centre, Feb 6.

The Last Tyger

Travelling Light take Kevin Dyer's play about two children seeking to free the world's last tiger from an urban jungle, playing to theatres around southern England, Cardiff, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds, Mold, Manchester and Barrow-in-Furness, Oct 3 to Dec 6 (0117 955 0086).

Prospero's Children

Quicksilver tour of Robin Kingsland's after-Tempest play about the troubles of growing up, to Dec 11 (0171 241 2942).

The Glass Slipper: A Story of Cinderella NTC tour Mike Kenny's new version around north-east England, Borders and East Anglia, Dec 2 to Feb 6 (01665 602586).


Red Ladder revive Rosy Fordham's piece on infatuation and youth culture, at Oldham Sixth Form College, Oct 5; Wakefield Arts, Oct 6; Leicester Haymarket, Oct 16-17; Chelmsford Cramphorn, Oct 19; Barnet Bull, Oct 23; Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Nov 20; Barrow-in-Furness Forum 28, Nov 28.

Harlequin in Trouble

Norwich Puppet Theatre revive their one-act piece of commedia dell'arte for five to 11-year-olds at Winchester Tower, Oct 4; Olney Festival, Oct 17; Walsall Bloxwich Library, Oct 27; Cambridge Drama Centre plus Gamlingay Primary, both Oct 31; and Leicester Haymarket, Dec 5.

Pork Bellies

Theatre Centre and Hungry Grass Theatre with Molly Fogarty's play combining the Irish potato famine, the Chicago futures market and a future Chinese girl, for over-14s, Oct 15 to Dec 5, including Horsham Christ's Hospital, Nov 12 (0171 377 0379).

Positive Mental Attitude

Theatre Centre with Anthony Gunter's play about self doubt and mental health in a black community, for over-14s, Oct 2 to Dec 5, including Bristol Kuumba Project, Oct 17.

The Night Before Christmas

Theatre Alibi offer three stories for Christmas for five to 10-year-olds, at Exeter St Nicholas Combined School, Nov 24; Falmouth Arts Centre, Nov 25-26; Frome Merlin, Nov 28; Exeter St Sidwells Combined School, Nov 30; Plymouth Barbican, Dec 1; Exeter Ladysmith First, Dec 2; Exeter Stoke Hill First, Dec 3; Exeter Central First, Dec 4; Exeter Dartington Barn, Dec 5; Taunton Brewhouse, Dec 7-8; Bridport Arts, Dec 10; Exeter Alphington Combined School, Dec 11; Shillingstone Forum School, Dec 12; Exeter Pinhoe Church School, Dec 14; Whipton Barn First School, Dec 15; Torrington Plough, Dec 16-17; Exeter St Luke's Theatre, Dec 19; Bristol New Vic, Dec 21-23 (school performances in evenings, theatre performances days).


Indefinite Articles visit Croydon Warehouse, Oct 3; Cambridge Drama Centre, Oct 10; Birmingham Rep, Oct 24; Coventry Warwick Arts Centre, Nov 21; Countesthorpe Community Centre, Dec 12. Also Theseus and the Minotaur, Brighton Komedia, Oct 25, and Leicester Haymarket on Nov 7.

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