Family-friendly pioneering performances to be staged in Aberdeen this Saturday

Family-friendly pioneering performances to be staged in Aberdeen this Saturday

A one-day festival of thought-provoking, lively and fun dance theatre performances for families is to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree this Saturday as part of a Scottish tour.

And Pioneers of Performance includes four individual productions, created by independent artists working in Scotland and designed for families and youngsters aged from four years and upwards.

Produced and programmed by The Work Room, the festival shows have been chosen based on their outstanding quality and broad appeal and include Colette Sadler’s We Are The Monsters (12.15pm, age guide four to nine), Curious Seed’s Chalk About (2.45pm, eight plus), Robbie Synge’s Douglas (6.50pm, suitable for all) and Anna Krzystek’s Face On (8.30pm, 16+).

And there are also two free workshops at 1.05pm for We Are The Monsters, and at 3.50pm for Chalk About, though places are limited and must be booked.

Festival director Laura Eaton-Lewis said: “Pioneers of Performance is the result of five years of work with artists and venues all over the country to create a day-long platform for vivid performance work for everyone, from young children up to adults, inspiring joy, and bringing people together to have a great time around four thought provoking and compelling shows.

“We have designed the festival so that young children can experience a show and workshop before lunch, a piece for older children and young adults in the afternoon, and then a break for dinner so people can take children home if they need, before the two shows for adults in the evening.

“But nothing is unsuitable for small children, so if families want to stay all day, then they can. The strength of all of these works is that there is something for everyone in them and since the musical and visual elements are so vivid, there’s nothing alienating about them for kids or for people who’ve never seen this kind of work before.

“There’s nothing to ‘get’ other than your own unfolding experience of a fantastic piece of performance.”

Tickets for the Pioneers of Performance productions are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Wednesday 16 September

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