STORYSTOCK 2014 from 28th to 30th October 2014
Angels and urchins’ Children’s story-telling festival returns to the Bush Theatre this October half term with Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr, Cerrie Burnell, Lauren Child & Jamila Gavin
STORYSTOCK, the travelling story circus, returns to the Bush Theatre from 28th to 30th October 2014. Storystock is a storytelling festival for children (3-11) and their families, which launched at the Bush Theatre in autumn 2013. Last year’s debut festival attracted nearly 2,000 visitors in 3 days.
This year there will be 3 full days including; Michael Morpurgo Day, Big Draw Day and Adventure Day, and 10% of Storystock’s tickets will be made available to the Bush Theatre’s community outreach programme for free.
The highlight of Michael Morpurgo Day (28 Oct) is The Mozart Question, performed by Michael Morpurgo and the Storytellers’ Ensemble as well as the Olivier Award-winning show I Believe In Unicorns, performed by Daynah Miller, and children’s workshops.
The Big Draw Day (29 Oct) will feature Q&A events with author Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came To Tea), author and illustrator Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola) and Jeanne Willis (Supercat). There will also be a storytelling and live illustrating event with CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell with her new book Snowflakes, as well as Dennis the Menace, Abie Longstaff, animation and illustration workshops.
Adventure Day (30 Oct) begins with Jan Blake reading her Anansi stories, the Poetry Joe Show (star of Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket), Beast Quest, The Famous Five, the side-splitting Danger is Everywhere show from comedian and author David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge, followed by a performance of The Ramayana Re-told by Daljit Nagra as well as a Q&A with Jamila Gavin (Coram Boy). There will be a celebration of Mexico’s The Day of the Dead with Wahaca Restaurant, and visitors will be able to dress-up as their favourite characters and party on with Notorious Kids’ Storybook Lunch and Tea Parties.
Storystock will also have many more events and activities, including ‘Storymaster Storytime in the Tent’, Dressing Up in the Attic, Gods & Goddesses treasure hunt, word-searches, pop-up storytelling and bookish quizzes.
Storystock is for anyone who loves stories – writing stories, reading stories, listening to stories, watching storytelling shows, illustrating stories, animating stories, singing stories and meeting story characters.
Storystock director Claire Gill said: “When we launched Storystock at the Bush last year we could never have predicted how much people would love our story events. We sold out in year one and this year we are bringing even more exciting authors to our audience. We are so excited to celebrate the wonderful Michael Morpurgo and honoured that he will be performing The Mozart Question. As well as all the scheduled events, the Bush Theatre will be a story circus crammed with literary scavenger hunts, a book shop, storytelling and your favourite book characters like Kipper, Elmer, a Mad Hatter and many more.”
Storystock is sponsored by angels & urchins magazine in partnership with the Bush Theatre and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ
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Tickets range from £4 to £15 and are for sale via the Bush Theatre box office.
Find out more at storystock.co.uk or follow the festival on twitter @StoryStockFest