Monkeying Around On The High Path Estate

Theatre group visits Wimbledon playground

A theatre group will be monkeying around on the playground at Wimbledon's High Path estate on July 6 and 7.

Metta Theatre, in association with Wimbledon's Polka Theatre, is set to take over the playground with Monkey & Crocodile, featuring aerial circus, acrobatics, live music, skateboards - and more than 100 fresh apples.

Based on a classic Indian fable of friendship, betrayal and cunning, it promises to be a show for children and adults alike.

Premiering at the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, the show opens following the success of Metta’s recent production Arab Nights (Soho Theatre) and previous family show, puppet opera The Elephant's Child (Arcola Theatre/Trafalgar Studios).

Audiences enter a playground forest to find friendly Monkey monkeying around on the monkey bars with her new best friend Crocodile zipping around on his skateboard. All is not what it seems however and clever Monkey must keep her wits about her if she is to escape the clutches of Crocodile's mean mother.

The performances are accompanied by free circus workshops in juggling, clowning and acro-balance, and every audience member gets a free apple!

Writer and director Poppy Burton-Morgan said of the project: "Communities who don't necessarily access live performance will find Monkey & Crocodile right on their doorsteps and in their playgrounds. We hope the show – full of surprises and fun – will be a step on an exciting journey into the Arts for newcomers and regular theatre-goers alike, young and old, and everyone in between."

  • A free performance of Monkey and Crocodile will take place in the High Path's estate playground, Wimbledon, on July 6 and 7 at 11am and 3pm with free circus workshops at 4pm each day.

June 28, 2013