Week of great theatre for kids at the egg
There is currently a thrilling week of drama at the egg theatre, Bath which started yesterday with the arrival of the National Theatre of Scotland.
They have brought their critically acclaimed production for teenagers, The Monster in the Hall which can be seen tonight. Suitable for audiences aged 14 years and over, David Greig's unforgettable drama about a teenager living in challenging circumstances won The Stage Award for Best Ensemble last year.
In The Monster in the Hall teenager Duck Macatarsney cares for her biker dad whose MS is getting increasingly worse. Her Dad – Duke – is a spliff-smoking, bike-riding, heavy metal and horror movie loving, pizza eating widower who has brought up Duck since the death of her mother.
The two of them are just about surviving when one morning the Duke wakes up blind and the Duck hears that Social Services are coming to take her away.
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The Monster in the Hall follows Duck as she tries to protect her world from the terrifying prospect of change.
Tomorrow, Myrtle Theatre brings Up Down Boy to the egg theatre for two performances. Inspired by the extraordinary life story of Nathan Bessell: a young man with Down's syndrome, and his mother's humorous and idiosyncratic perspective on bringing him up, this poignant, funny, life-affirming play is recommended for audiences aged nine years and over.
Matty is off to college in an hour – and he's left it to mum to pack his suitcase. She won't miss the slamming doors, the queue for the bathroom and the phone bills. But Matty is no ordinary teenager. Will his mum cope without him? Will he cope with the challenges that lie ahead? And how will they fit the life-size model of Buffy the Vampire Slayer into the back of the car?
Produced by Bristol-based Myrtle Theatre Company, the gifted and charismatic actor Nathan Bessell plays the central character of Matty, drawing on his own life experience. The production also includes colourful, original cartoon animation and strong choreography to portray Matty's vivid imagination and inner life.
A trio of extraordinary theatre productions for young people is completed by a visit from French theatre company, Compagnie Animotion who come to Bath on Saturday to stage two performances of their new interactive show, Portmanteau. Celebrating classic cinematic traditions by mixing original film and live music, young audiences can expect a fast-paced and unique theatre experience, which is accompanied by popcorn.
This atmospheric production cleverly combines moustaches, hats and a quick-fingered pianist to tell a thrilling story of heroes, heroines and baddies in an imaginative non-verbal show. Performed entirely through Compagnie Animotion's innovative mix of mime, movement and sign-language, Portmanteau promises a fun-packed performance for theatregoers aged five years and over.
Tickets for all three productions, priced at £7.50 and £6.50 on 01225 448844, 01225 823409 or online at www.theatreroyalorg.uk.