Family Sundays are back at The Civic, Barnsley

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Following the huge success of the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition this summer, The Civic will continue to provide large amounts of family fun with a range of interactive, creative and imaginative performances on a Sunday afternoon throughout their Autumn/Winter season.

Helen Ball, chief executive comments: “Our Family Sunday’s are a great way to introduce your little ones to the arts and theatre. As a venue, we are keen to make a trip out to The Civic a regular family activity, and so we work hard to ensure these are affordable and accessible, with shows often only lasting between 30-60 minutes.”

Reeling from her recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 success, children’s theatre specialist Tessa Bide hosts the first Family Sunday of The Civic’s Autumn/Winter season.

Set in a special bell tent, Arnold’s Big Adventure features beautiful shadow puppetry, wonderful original music to sing along to and plenty of thrilling surprises along the way. The story follows the journey of an acorn called Arnold on his ‘Drop Day’. The audience travels through six very different environments: Arnold’s woodland, the wind, a stream, the sea, an evil junk-monster’s lair and his new home. “I loved watching my daughter become so absorbed, and the songs were great”

At the end of September Compagnie Animotion, visits Barnsley with their children’s show JoJo & Billie’s Tour de France. The French theatre company have recently celebrated 10 years of making theatre accessible to deaf audiences. Their work uses no or very little spoken language, removing boundaries between hearing and non-hearing communities as well as international audiences. JoJo & Billie’s Tour de France is a musical adventure about an English girl and a French boy who meet when their bicycles crash into each other. They then meet Albert, a wonderful bicycle inventor who takes them on an imaginative journey around each region. The show involves puppetry, bicycle choreography and percussion, music, film, animation and French language; enabling children to learn about French music, culture, geography and weather.

And finally, the worldwide phenomenon ‘Frozen’ rolls into Barnsley as part of a Sing-a-long-a nationwide UK tour. The Civic will host Sing-a-long-a Frozen, an interactive screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna. The evening is introduced by a live host who will show you how to use your interactive prop bag and then just sit back and ‘Let it Go’! YOU the audience can be the stars! Remember to dress up as your favourite character and be a Snow Queen for the day or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever. Sooooo ‘do you wanna build a snowman?’

Arnold’s Big Adventure is at The Civic on Sunday, September 13 at 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm. Tickets are £7 full price, £6 concession, £5 children. Recommended for ages 3plus

JoJo & Billie’s Tour de France is at The Civic on Sunday, September 27 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £7 full price, £6 concession, £5 children. Recommended for ages 4plus

Sing-a-long-a Frozen is at The Civic on Saturday, October 3 at 11am & 3pm. Tickets are £15 full price, £10 child, and Family tickets are available.

For more information and to book visit Barnsley Civic or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.