Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend — Wilkie Branson & Sally Cookson - Varmints

3 & 4 April 2015

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Family Weekend is an annual festival where children and their families are invited to take part in a jam-packed weekend including performances, workshops and games. There is something for all ages happening across the entire building, with free fun activities designed to complement the shows on the Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio stages.

Varmints is a rich visual piece of original dance theatre for young people and their families, that tells the poignant tale of one small creature’s struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever. Every day the city grows larger and the noise grows louder, until there is so much noise that no-one can hear themselves think.

Following a successful 2013 tour, Varmints returns with a specially added interactive post-show discussion in which the audience can meet the cast and discover more about the show.

This exhilarating dance-theatre show is choreographed by B-boy and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson, in collaboration with children’s theatre director Sally Cookson. Co-produced and commissioned by East London Dance, Sadler’s Wells and Stratford Circus, Varmints is based on the award winning book by Helen Ward with beautiful illustrations by Marc Craste.

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"There is much to enjoy and admire here. The cast are genuinely engaging and perform with real verve"
The Guardian

Produced and commissioned by East London Dance, Sadler's Wells and Stratford Circus. Supported by the Legacy List.

Supported by Bristol Old Vic, Pavilion Dance South West and Bridport Arts Centre. With thanks to the Unity Trust

Tour Producer Travelling Light

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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