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Family Fun at Udderbelly Festival 2015

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UNDERBELLY and the South Bank Centre are hosting more than sixty of the country’s finest comedy, circus and family shows in the iconic upside-down purple cow and its inimitable surrounds, the pasture. And this year’s Udderbelly Festival runs until July 19.

This week, A Simple Space (April 21 to May 24) returns to London one last time for a gripping, uplifting and raucously fun demonstration of strength, athleticism and camaraderie from eight top class young acrobats.

In Bec & Tom’s Awesome Laundry (April 26), the pair desperately try to avoid their dreaded chores by immersing audiences in a glorious make-believe world of paper puppetry, tales and tomfoolery, featuring cult stand-up and artist Bec Hill (CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework) and funnyman Tom Goodliffe.

With a puff of smoke, a couple of Victorian conjurers Morgan & West (May 2, 9, 16 and 23) are thrown forward in time into a world of tricks, tea and hyper-reality for their Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Comedy Club 4 Kids (various dates in May, June, July) sees the international circuit’s best stand-up comics, cabaret stars and sketch acts clean up their act as they perform their usual routines with a child-friendly twist.

The world record-breaking human orchestra Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids (May 4 and 25) will take you on a twisted musical journey using just his mouth and his mic, while improv musical theatre maestros The Showstoppers’ Fantastical Story Factory (May 24 and June 14) encourages kids in the audience to get their creative hats on and decide everything from the storyline to the setting as they jet off on an interactive, magical adventure.

In Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure (May 30, June 7 and July 19) the world’s tiniest elephant Anabelle ventures off with her friends into an imaginary sphere of animation, live film, comedy and songs, created with the help of Arts Council England.

Phil Ellis’s Funz and Gamez (May 31 and June 20 and 21), the cult interactive smash of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, sees Jim, Elf and Bonzo the dog host an hour of warped children’s entertainment, while Alex Horne’s world-renowned comedy-jazz extravaganza brings boisterous fun and folly to their new quiz show, The Horne Section’s Questions Sessions (June 11 and 21 and July 9).

Based on the book by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward, The King of Tiny Things (July 11 – 13) is an interactive theatrical adventure packed with beguiling puppetry and spectacular circus performance in which two sisters meet a peculiar winged creature who soon leads them astray. On their quest, they rescue juggling slugs, contortionist worms and acrobatic baby bats before fulfilling a special request from the King himself.

This year’s London Wondergound will also feature a treat for tots and parents alike in the form of the internationally acclaimed Monski Mouse’s Baby Dancehall Disco, which allows the under-5s to dance the day away to the funkiest, most eclectic mix of hits and nursery rhymes.

The full Udderbelly Festival 2015 programme is available at www.udderbelly.co.uk/whats-on.