Families

Big Imaginations

Big Imaginations Festival

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Families across the region rejoice as The Big Imaginations Festival of family theatre brings nine remarkable shows to 26 venues across the North West this autumn.

Expect astonishing light shows and musical adventures, the wisdom of ancient fables and the newest kinds of fairy tales from renowned artists and theatre companies from all over the globe.

Crucially, this festival is about the diversity of the world and cultures around us which is reflected in this cracking range of theatrical experiences. Big and little kids alike can immerse themselves in stories which are a true reflection of their own and shared worlds and the variety of experiences which surround us all.

We love that this wonderful partnership working from venues across the region, led by Manchester’s Z-arts, has not only resulted in a festival of such relevant and high quality work for family audiences but it’s relatively affordable too.

We also love the diversity of venues from grand halls to village halls, theatres to libraries and community centres. Across one fortnight throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Yorkshire, children of all ages can be inspired by innovative dramatic adventure and families can make lasting memories together.

Things to do at Big Imaginations Festival

Families 5 November 2017, from £6

Tales of Birbal at The Boo

Childrens 2 November 2017, from £4.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Boo

Childrens 2 November 2017, from £4.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Boo

Families 1 November 2017, from £6.80

Tales of Birbal at The Dukes

Childrens 1 November 2017, from £5.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Turnpike

Childrens 29 October 2017, from £6.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at Theatre Delicatessen

Childrens 28 October 2017, from £3.00

Handa’s Surprise at Tameside Library

Childrens 27 September 2017, from £4.50

Handa’s Surprise at Waterside Arts Centre

Childrens 26 October 2017, from £6.00

Body of Light at The Atkinson

Childrens 26 October 2017, from £3.00

Handa’s Surprise at Chester Lane Library

Childrens 25 October 2017, from £5.00

Body of Light at Leigh Dance Hub

Childrens 23 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at Lancaster Arts

Childrens 22 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at Z-arts

Childrens 22 October 2017, from £4.50

Body of Light at Waterside Arts Centre

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £6.00

Body of Light at Lancaster Arts

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £5.00

Handa’s Surprise at The Turnpike

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £6

Child of the Divide at Burnley Youth Theatre

Childrens 20 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at The Atkinson

Childrens 20 October 2017, from £5.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Things to do right now

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Cinema 9–13 December 2017, from £5.00

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Exhibitions 23 October–15 December 2017, FREE

Material Remains at Holden Gallery

Theatre 9 November–16 December 2017, from £20.00

Little Women: The Musical at Hope Mill Theatre

Festivals 8–17 December 2017, FREE

Lightwaves 2017 at The Quays

Cinema 8–18 December 2017, from £5.00

A Tim Burton Trio at HOME

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cinema 8–18 December 2017, from £5.00

A Tim Burton Trio at HOME

Theatre 20 September–20 December 2017,

Contact Autumn Season 2017

Families 13–20 December 2017, from £5.00

The Siege of Christmas at Contact

Blade of the Immortal
Cinema 8–20 December 2017, from £5.00

Blade of the Immortal at HOME

Cinema 9–23 December 2017, from £5.00

It’s A Wonderful Life at HOME

Theatre 12–23 December 2017, from £10.00

Hot Brown Honey at HOME