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Royal Concert Hall
Royal Concert Hall Level 4 Foyer, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
0115 989 5555
£7.50 per person
27-Oct-16 to 28-Oct-16
Thu, Fri, 11am & 1.30pm
4 years to 9 years
HandMade Theatre presents – Flying The Nest
Hatchling College, an egg-citing place to learn all about our native birds and how to be a good birder. Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this quirky interactive experience led by our three professors. Filled with a fantastic mix of music, puppetry, facts and fun, this gently humorous show brings to life lots of familiar birds in a new and engaging way.
Flying the Nest is one of our highlights for this year Family Arts Festival and is a show suitable for children aged 4-9 years including those with SEN and their families.
Flying the Nest builds on the success of HandMade Theatre's production The Flying Machine, their sell-out 2014 Concert Hall foyer show. As ever this show aims to engage a diverse audience in a truly unique and interactive theatre experience.
For more information about HandMade Theatre please visit www.handmadetheatre.co.uk
Please note this event will take place on the Royal Concert Hall Level 4 Foyer.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
The Royal Concert Hall invited us to see Flying the Nest on Thursday 27th October 2016.
This interactive experience, led by three performers from Handmade Theatre, took place on the Concert Hall's fourth level foyer. Advertised as for ages 4-9, our four-and-a-half year-old reviewer attended with her Mum.
We gathered on the third level foyer before being led upstairs by one of the performers. Here we found a set of five large ‘nests' woven from willow and lined with turf, which the children were encouraged to sit inside. Adults perched and hovered behind. A bird-house faced us and our three performers introduced themselves, as professors from Hatchling College, teaching birds to fly and children to watch birds. We all danced like a duck by way of introduction.
Our performers flitted between characters, as birds, birders and professors, with deliberately frenetic speed, which conveyed a huge sense of child-like enthusiasm, not always tempered by the ten, very sensible ‘rules of birding' one of the professors wished to convey.
Each nest was given a model mother bird to look after, with food and eggs arriving through the course of the production. So we learnt what an oystercatcher, magpie, kestrel, robin and duck like to eat. Our young reviewer didn't want to feed toy mice to her kestrel but did take excellent care of her egg. We learnt what birds do in the rain, getting a bit wet in the process (a highlight!). We also learnt something about cuckoos – that they lay green eggs in other birds' nests and apparently, rush around shrieking in an effort to find their young.
We had fun and the set, props and sense of the performers' enthusiasm for their subject were wonderful. For a four-year-old, it was an entertaining if episodic experience, the pace, humour and delivery were better suited to the older end of the age range. Our reviewer loved the nest and interactivity though and sang me the 'what do birds do in the rain?' song spontaneously the next morning. There was, possibly, a slight sense of something that had been performed many times before being rushed through in places, with some lines quite hard to catch, so that the ‘rules of birding' came across primarily via comic enactment. But comic, fun and at least a little bit educational it certainly was.
FD and CG for Mumsnet Nottingham
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