Blog Series: Let's get out of this world

8/6/2021 9:49:13 AM
Blog Series: Let's get out of this world
Fantasic For Families

This week we’re exploring imagined realms that take us out of this world and into magical new places. 

We're delighted to be bringing you a series of blogs based on different art forms and themes, along with suggestions of events and activities both online and in-person! Last time we celebrated all things theatre, and today our theme is SURREALISM.

It's been quite the year so we're encouraging the whole family the chance to exercise imagination and transport to other worlds.

Surrealism is all about shaking up the human experience. The movement’s artists find magic and strange beauty in the unexpected and uncanny, the disregarded and unconventional. We've put together some of our favourite events and activities that challenge the norm.

As always, we'd love to see your creations and hear about what you've taken part in, so make sure you tag us on social media #FantasticforFamilies. 

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1. Metamorphosis 

Inspired by Franz Kafka’s classic novella, Metamorphosis is reimagined for online audiences. The production is performed live on Zoom, exploring the advantages, limitations, and comedic value of video calls.  

Metamorphosis was an experiment for Hijinx in recreating the highly interactive nature of their previous touring productions.  

Where?: Online 

When?: 21 - 29 August 

What ages is this recommended for?: 14-16 years 

How much?: From £5 


2. Porto’s Peculiar Playground 

For the second year running, ATT are bringing Whitby Park to life with installations that surprise and delight. For 2021, this will include ‘peculiar goings on’ and ‘curious happenings'. Combining live performance, art installations and an adventure trail - ATT aim to capture the hearts and minds of children and grown-ups - ‘playgrounders’, of all ages, from Ellesmere Port and beyond.  

Where?: Ellesmere Port 

When?: 12 – 31 August  

What ages is this recommended for?: 3-16 years 

How much?: Free! 


3. The Undiscovered Island

Makers of Imaginary Worlds return to Lakeside Arts with a brand new interactive installation to inspire, inform and delight audiences. Explore Makers of Imaginary Worlds extraordinary and beautifully crafted upside-down world, enjoy the magical underwater theme, story pods, giant corals and a relaxing coral garden.  

Where?: Lakeside Arts, Nottingham 

When?: 17 August – 5 September 

What ages is this recommended for?: 4-11 years 

How much?: From £10 for a group of 1-5 


Fancy creating your own dream world at home?


Making a Dream World 

Alongside the piece ''It’s All Over But the Dreaming'' presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival's August offering, artist Tamara MacArthur has created a special DIY Art activity that invites you to imagine your own dream world, and turn it into a paper theatre set at home.  

Watch your magical dream world become a reality! 

Where?: Online 

What ages is this recommended for?: 8-12 years 

How much?: Free! 


...Or heading to the stars? 



Meet Daphne Star aka ‘Stargazer’: YouTuber, Content Creator, Believer! There’s been a sighting of a mysterious flying object in the skies over her hometown of Leeds, and with your help, she’s going to find that the truth really is out there! Stargazer is an online theatrical adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Where?: Online 

When?: Book now ahead of the films launching on Fri 13 August 

What ages is this recommended for?: 4-11 years 

How much?: £8 for 5 episodes of the online digital adventure and an interactive Fact File sent to your home with 14 activities.


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