Little Angel Theatre has announced a trio of new shows to kick-start its 2022 season.
The London venue will kick off the new year with The Singing Mermaid, adapted by Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s children’s book of the same name.
Running 25 February to 24 April 2022 and aimed at ages 3-8, The Singing Mermaid is brought to life through beautiful puppetry and performance, with music by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Pixie and the Pudding, The Smartest Giant in Town, There May be a Castle).
One day, the singing mermaid is tempted away from all of her sea creature friends and her peaceful home at Silversands to join a travelling circus. The audiences love to hear her sing, but the poor mermaid was tricked! Instead of the swimming pool she was promised, she is kept in a small tank by the wicked circus master Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape? And who will help her along the way?
Next, based on the bestselling book written and illustrated by Eileen Browne (and aimed at 2-5 year olds) Handa’s Surprise will return to Little Angel Theatre once more from 9 February – 16 April at Little Angel Studios before heading out on tour in the Spring.
Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?
Directed by Marleen Vermeulen with set design by Sophia Lovell Smith and puppets made by Peter O’Rourke, this production uses a blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!
Finally, Jina and the STEM Sisters (20 April – 1 May 2022) is multi-media musical puppet show for schools and families from HMDT Music. Based on the discoveries and stories of historical STEM women who fought against the odds to pursue their flair for scientific enquiry, but were often unacknowledged for their discoveries and frequently encountered discrimination and prejudice along the way.
Jina and the STEM Sisters invites audiences to join lost budding scientist Jina on her adventure home, empowered by some of history’s super-STEM women. Digital-coder Ada Lovelace, glamorous inventor Hedy Lamarr, ‘radiating’ Marie Curie and pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison are amongst those offering Jina scientific gifts of curiosity, courage, creativity, persistence and open-mindedness, to help her find her way and follow her dreams to become a scientist.
Alongside the in-person shows, Little Angel Theatre will continue to produce and present an engaging series of digital shorts on their YouTube Channel.
Little Angel Theatre artistic director Samantha Lane and executive director Peta Swindall introduce the new season: “2021 has been such an exciting year for Little Angel Theatre, despite the challenges that the pandemic has brought, as we have celebrated our 60th birthday year by presenting six brand new shows.
“It has been a joy to bring our work to young audiences both in person and online and we are looking forward to 2022 and beyond. It is particularly exciting to be bringing back two much loved Little Angel classics to our stages, as well as a show by HMDT Music that was developed in our space, and to kickstart our touring programme once again.”