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What’s On at Lakeside Arts Nottingham this Winter?


We’ve been having some fun at our local arts centre, there is always so much to do on a Winter weekend there. Two show write ups from Lakeside Arts which are touring the UK too…sometimes it is so much better to hear what the target audience thought – two young people kindly told me what they thought. Don’t forget, if you are in Nottingham – Flat Stanley is coming this Christmas – we love that show.

Kinesonic 9/11/14

Vagabond’s Hat (touring the UK)


There were 4 people who had to fix a broken music machine. One man was an excellent juggler. One was a fantastic trapezist. A lady was a good dancer and the boss played guitar.

They made music and had red thumbs.  They were very funny. After they fixed the machine we cheered and went to the playground

by Mr G’s friend Gabe (aged 5 and three quarters)

Chalk About 19/10/14

Curious Seed In association with Moko Dance

I loved that they wrote on the stage floor in chalk, they did outlines of people and drew their bits – that was funny!

The girl was sad, someone was missing. She and a friend though. I like when they made a tent and hid and I loved the dancing.

I liked the making and craft we did before we went in, I decorated an outline of me.

Miss L aged 8.

I loved the creativity, the deep themes dealt with so beautifully and sensitively. So obvious the company talked to young people about the show and took their ideas on board so cleverly. The show does deal with themes beyond what my 6 year old could concentrate on and I regretted, for the first time taking him. But perfect for 8 and above, as the producers suggest.

Penny aged 37


Me? I also went to Lustre, the designer craft, jewellery and homewares event and bought these creations by Rachel Eardley, check her out on Not on The High Street.  Gorgeous aren’t they?


Still to come

Flat Stanley
Saturday 06 December – Wednesday 24 December various times

This Christmas, Lakeside welcomes the return of Flat Stanley, after its premiere at Lakeside in 2009 – Miss L still talks about it and she was only 3! Based on the popular 1964 children’s novel of the same name by Jeff Brown, it has been adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny.

This classic story follows the adventures of Stanley Lambchop, once an ordinary healthy boy, until a heavy bulletin board falls on him in his sleep! He awakes to find he has been flattened, and is now only half an inch thick.

It’s is a really fun family show with larger than life characters.
Left Lion describe it as ‘Hairspray for Children’, I think that’s pretty accurate!


Mimika Theatre

January 18th

Audiences of just 26 at any one time will experience a wordless and wonderful exploration of four very different world regions inside Mimika’s special calico performance tent. From the red heat of the desert where the meerkats and lizards play, to the green lushness of the rainforest inhabited by apes, snakes and crocodiles. On through the depths of the oceans amongst colourful sea creatures to end with the beautiful but harsh white environment of the Antarctic.

And lots, lots more for grown ups too!

Head over to Lakeside Arts, Nottingham to find out more and book, or call 0115 846 7777 or @LakesideArts



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