Polka Theatre's New Season Unveiled

Wartime drama opens the Spring/Summer season

The new season at Wimbledon's Polka Theatre, dedicated to work appealing to youngsters, gets underway on Friday February 11 with The Machine Gunners.

This is aimed at 9-13-year-olds and is adapted from the novel of the same name, which won the Carnegie Medal and was recently voted one of the 10 most important children’s novels of the past 70 years.

It's set in 1940 and young Chas McGill has the second best collection of war souvenirs in town but desperately wants it to be the best. Amidst the bombs and air raids, Chas and his friends plan their own war effort in their newly built bunker. It runs until Friday April 8.

The Polka Theatre, on the Broadway, will also be showing several shorter productions during its Spring/Summer season, with plenty of performances aimed at younger audiences.

The Fabulous Flutterbys runs from February 22-26 and is aimed at 3-6-year-olds. It features Hamish and Grace travelling through an insect-sized world in seach of their missing friend.

Other productions include On-Off, a choreographed exploration of light, from April 12-23, and Little Elephant, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's tale, from April 13-23. Who's Been Sitting in My Chair? will explore the Goldilocks story in a new way, from May 31-June 4.

The season ends with Archaeology - A Worm's Story, aimed at 1-3-year-olds and telling the story of a wiggly worm, which runs from July 6-August 20.

February 4, 2011