The Marlowe Theatre, Marlowe Kit, Marlowe Studio and city streets will be the venues for the half-term festival

Children’s festival offers lots of half-term fun

A children’s literary festival will come to Canterbury, providing lots of fun for the family over the coming school half-term holiday.

Aimed at children aged two to 11, Little Words celebrates stories and story-telling through shows and workshops.

These will take place at the Marlowe Theatre, The Marlowe Studio in Pound Lane, The Marlowe Kit in Stour Streeet, and in city streets.

One of the highlights is Hero And Her Paper Navy, an interactive nautical adventure in search of new worlds, treasured words and long-lasting friendship.

Hero, an intrepid Elizabethan explorer, will set sail with her navy of cardboard ships between the harbours of The Marlowe foyer and The Kit.

The children’s festival will offer half-term fun

Hero And Her Paper Navy is presented by Animate Arts Company, whose artistic director Jo Dyer is a Marlowe-commissioned artist.

She said: “We’re building brand new cardboard creations that will be unlike any other pieces we have made.

This will be a truly bonkers, interactive and playful piece, perfect for children and families in the half-term break. With cardboard and an adventure at the heart of this show, who can resist?”

An adaptation of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie is brought to The Marlowe Theatre by the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny.

It is a tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring an owl, a ghost and an awful auntie.

There are shows in The Marlowe Studio every day throughout Little Words. Marlowe-supported artists Acá will be performing A Clown Creation In One Earth Rotation at The Marlowe Studio. The clowns will rehearse and perform a literary classic chosen by the public in less than 24 hours.

The Marlowe Kit, the former Heritage Museum, opens for two puppetry shows. Thumbelina, a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale using hand and stick puppets, and A Necklace Of Rainbows, which uses live music and shadow puppetry to retell the stories of the children’s author, Joan Aiken.

Free events include a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, poetry workshops and family tours.

Little Words runs from Monday, May 28 to Sunday, June 3

For details of all Little Words events or to book go to the Marlowe website or call the Box Office on 01227 787787.

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