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Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Mick Inkpen’s Kipper

Kipper and Tiger Credit Mick Inkpen
Kipper and Tiger Credit Mick Inkpen

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is a winner with children – thanks to Mick Inkpen’s Kipper

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead will be adding to its – already strong – children’s programme by staging a brand new piece of theatre this Christmas based on Mick Inkpen’s much loved books about Kipper the Dog. Kipper’s Snowy Day has been specially created for Norden Farm by Slot Machine, providing a unique and beautiful Christmas family show. The show comes shortly after the publication of a new Kipper title to celebrate Kipper’s 25th birthday!

Kipper’s Snowy Day is very special as it’s the first time Kipper has been adapted for stage. Slot Machine are no strangers to Norden Farm, having created two hit Christmas shows for them – One Snowy Night (Nick Butterworth) and Miki (Stephen Mackey). The company will be creating a magical world of puppets and mischief, filled with original songs and music – a warm-hearted treat for children and their families.

Says Jane Corry, Norden Farm’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director; ‘This is going to be another fabulous winter show and we’re excited that we’re staging a brand new piece of theatre written specially for us and our young audiences. Slot Machine create exceptional – and always magical – shows and that’s crucial as for lots of children this will be their first experience of live theatre. Children and young people are very important to us and Kipper’s Snowy Day puts them centre stage!’

She continues; ‘The show is Norden Farm’s Christmas production, but it makes for perfect touring material next year. We’d love this show to be seen by young audiences all around the country, just as One Snowy Night and MIKI have been.’

This piece is especially important for Norden Farm as it strengthens their programme of theatre, music and art for younger audiences. Having survived funding cuts the Farm has thrived, thanks to its bold and brave repositioning as a centre of excellence for children and young people. Norden Farm now offers a whole range of activity, including daytime dance, music and craft sessions for under 5s, a theatre club, media skills and visual arts for young people as well as workshops, films, music and theatre productions. In addition, a young curator’s project to engage young people in the running of the Farm is now in place.

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