X


Download the FREE Amazing MK iPhone App now

Your mobile guide to Milton Keynes

IF2016 announces Family Focus events programme

Date Posted:28/06/2016

IF 2016 kids eventsIF: Milton Keynes International Festival returns for its fourth edition from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 July.  Milton Keynes will be transformed by outdoor performances, installations, site-specific events, stand-up comedy, live music - and IF: Family Focus, a series of free family-friendly shows and experiences for children and grown-ups to celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays.

The programme includes four Superhero Superfun workshops, work from Catalan artists and companies, two shows from storytelling theatre company Les Enfant Terribles and three from contemporary circus company Acrojou, including a new Festival commission.

WORKSHOP WITH NEILL CAMERON: MAKE AN AWESOME COMIC
Saturday 16 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
A masterclass in the comic-making process, with top drawing tips and the chance to create your very own mini-comic. Cartoonist and writer Neill Cameron is creator of the Mo-Bot High graphic novels, and co-producer of dinosaur adventure The Pirates of Pangaea, Mega Robo Bros and Tamsin and the Deep, featured in The Phoenix comic.
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 16 July, 1pm and 3pm (workshop lasts an hour)
Tickets £3 (includes paper and pencils)
Suitable for ages 6 to 12, Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

WORKSHOP WITH BOB & BOB JOBBINS: SUPER CREATIVE!
Sunday 17 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
Kids can create their own superhero mask or puppet to take home in this free drop-in workshop - with painty pens, sticky back plastic and lots of sparkles.  Things could get nicely messy!
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Sunday 17 July, 12 noon - 5pm (drop in any time)
Free
Suitable for ages 4 to 10, must be accompanied by an adult

MIMBRE: IF I COULD I WOULD
Sunday 17 July: South Willen Lake Park
Mimbre uses acrobatics and humour to look at the things we would change if we could. Drawing on popular culture ranging from Mary Poppins, the Hulk and Super Girl, If I Could I Would considers the expectations of modern life – and all the superpowers we would need to get it all done.
Lawn, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Sunday 17 July, 1.45pm and 4.15pm
Free

TOC DE FUSTA: FRIENDS OF CRUSOE (Spain)
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
Toc de Fusta creates brain-teasing puzzles, games, mechanical constructions and automata on a grand scale crafted from wood. Sad and alone after the shipwreck, Crusoe fortunately had the wreckage with him and all the time in the world to make things... Designed both for the smallest of hands and for grown-ups to relive childhood, Friends of Crusoe is a series of outdoor games for all ages featuring animal-inspired designs.
Lawn, Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park, MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 11am - 5pm
Part of IF: 2016 Catalan series
Free

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES: THE MARVELLOUS IMAGINARY MENAGERIE (UK)
Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Dr Longitude and his strange travelling players tell mesmerising stories of wit, virtue and courageous endeavours. Packed with vaudeville acts, live musicians and puppeteers, this is a wondrous treat for all the family.
Lawn, Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 July: 11.40am and 2.15pm, Sunday 24 July: 11.15am and 1.55pm (show lasts 35 minutes)
Free

LAITRUM TEATRE & TOTI TORONELL: MICRO-SHAKESPEARE (Spain)
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream go micro. Presented in a series of box-theatres and heard through headphones, the Bard’s best is condensed into eight minutes yet remain packed with humour, love, scheming, death and revenge. Micro-Shakespeare was created in association the National Theatre.
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 12 noon to 3pm
Part of IF: 2016 Catalan series
Free

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES: FANTASTICAL FLYING EXPLORATORY LABORATORY (UK)
Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Dr Latitude and her team of misguided misfits set off on a global quest, discovering incredible and entirely fictitious new lands, tribes, flora and fauna!  With stories brought to life using a ‘hot air balloon flying machine’ that soars overhead in spectacular fashion, Les Enfants Terribles create a theatrical spectacle that will leave audiences wondering what’s real and what is not…
Lawn, Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 July: 12.55pm and 4pm, Sunday 24 July: 1pm and 3.45pm (show lasts 35 minutes)
Free

ACROJOU: THE WHEEL HOUSE (UK)
Saturday 23 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
The Wheel House is a promenade show of theatre and acrobatics which unfolds inside and around an exquisite, hand-built, rolling theatre set, with the audience walking alongside. In this gently comic topsy-turvy world, the travelling acrobats are gathering on the road to nowhere.
Lakeside path, Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 11am and 2pm (show lasts 25 minutes)                
Free

THEATRE OF WIDDERSHINS: TREASURE CHEST TALES (UK)
Saturday 23 July: Willen Lake Bandstand, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
In Theatre of Widdershins’ storytelling show, beautifully-crafted puppets skilfully bring to life a series of magical stories including The King with the Dirty Feet, The Princess and the Pea, The Fisherman and the Djinni and Stone Soup.
Willen Lake Bandstand, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 July, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm (show lasts 40 minutes)
Free

Festival commission
ACROJOU: ALL AT SEA (UK)
Saturday 23 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
Co-commissioned by IF: 2016, All at Sea is a poetic theatre installation set in a boat which rows gently through its audience. A lone boatman crosses an ocean of hopes and memories accompanied by his own personal storm - a fully functioning rain-cloud caught on the mast of his boat. The cloud produces a continuous torrent of rain, an evocative soundscape and sound-responsive lightening.
Lakeside path, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 July, 12.15pm and 3.15pm (show lasts 30 minutes)
Free

ACROJOU: FRANTIC (UK)
Saturday 23 July: Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park
Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rain storms, Frantic is an explosive exploration of our relentless devotion to being busy and one man’s thirst for escape, using acrobatics and dramatic dance-theatre within a specially-made moving structure.
Festival Central, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Saturday 23 July, 1.40pm and 3.30pm (show lasts 20 minutes)
Free

WORKSHOP: COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS
Sunday 24 July: The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park
A super-packed workshop that includes making up a rubbish superhero, improv games, sketches and solo stuff, ending with a mini-showcase for friends and families. Participants get to have a go at writing and performing, learning how to find the funny in a story, express themselves on stage, and feel comfortable and confident in front of an audience.
The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Sunday 24 July, 11am – 1pm
Suitable for ages 8+,  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS
Sunday 24 July: The Stables Spiegeltent
This is a session of non-patronising entertainment from comedians, stand-ups and sketch acts doing what they do best. It’s just like a normal comedy club except it's on in the daytime and kids are allowed in. With Tiernan Douieb as the host and MC, Otiz Cannelloni and CBBC veteran Bec Hill.
The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Sunday 24 July, 2pm
Tickets £10, Under 16s £9, Family Ticket (max 2 adults) £36.00
Suitable for ages 7+,  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

BOOKING IF TICKETS
Online: www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
Telephone: 01908 280800
Textphone users: 18001 01908 280800
In person: The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
Festival Box Offices open at Festival sites on Friday 15 July

www.ifmiltonkeynes.org
 

Back