Onwards and Upwards

onwards and upwards

This show is the perfect way to keep big kids and little kids entertained this half-term, writes Keri Beckingham

This May half-term the INKBLOC Ensemble are returning to The Wardrobe Theatre in Old Market to present a charming family adventure inspired by three female explorers, including Kay Cottee, who was the first woman to perform a single-handed, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world.

Featuring their signature blend of storytelling, puppetry and live music, the show is suitable for children aged four–11 and promises to provide lots of fun for all the family!

Following the success of Lego Beach, Onwards and Upwards is directed by Helena Middleton (The Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Star Seekers, The Time Seekers and Little Tim & The Brave Sea Captain). The show tells the story of Luna, an inventor and fixer of broken bits and bobs who lives deep underground in a place called ‘Downblow’. She’s never been ‘Uptop’, and has missed out on jumping in puddles or seeing the stars, until a broken compass clatters into her workshop and turns her world completely upside down!

What follows is a wild and wonderful adventure of epic proportions, as Luna discovers the extraordinary real-life stories of the first women to cross oceans, skies and to reach the very top of the world – could she follow in their footsteps and become an explorer too?

Some of the reviews for Onward and Upwards have said: “A magnificent concoction… the show is non-stop. It whirls with energy throughout. Lovely fun!” (Bath Echo) and: “A life-affirming show, we loved it! They bought girl-power and adventure to life!” (Kids Of Bath).

Onwards and Upwards is being performed from Tuesday May 28–Friday June 1 (apart from Friday May 31), with shows at 11am and 2pm each day. Tickets cost £8, or £6 each for groups of 20 or more, and children aged two and under go free.

For more information and to book tickets visit: thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/onwards-upwards/

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