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Unicorn Theatre - June to August 2013

Magical Mechanicals

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS WELL as Lionboy, the Unicorn Theatre has a number of productions, plus an interactive exhibition, lined up for the coming months:

You’re Not My Friend Anymore by Katie Sykes and Craig Edwards – May 28 to June 2. For ages 3+.

What do you do when your friend who makes you happy also makes you sad; when your friend wants to be with you, but you want to be with someone else? Can it ever work having two best friends?

A Shoofly Theatre production, You’re Not My Friend Anymore is described as a funny and poignant look at the ups and downs, ins and outs of friendship.

My Father and Other Superheroes, written by Nick Makoha and directed by Benji Reid – June 16. For ages 8+.

The day my dad realised he was going to become a father, he also realised he had no idea how to be one…

My dad learnt from the world around him because he didn’t have his own dad to show him the way. Then, when he found out he was going to be a father, he had to work out what it took for a man to become a hero and how a hero could be a man.

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Unicorn with this heart-warming story about the trials and tribulations of fatherhood with an optional family brunch before the show.

Tube, a brand new kinesthetic adventure from Oily Cart – June 12 to June 22. For ages 3 – 11 (for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities and for those on the autism spectrum).

In a wonderland conjured up from a fabulous variety of tubes – tubes filled with sound, tubes glistening with kaleidoscopic colours, tubes that puff out gentle breezes and the scents of the natural world – young participants will bounce, swing, spin and sway in luxurious leaf chairs.

Tube, written and directed by Tim Webb, is a highly interactive experience, with performers adapting to the specific requirements of each individual in the audience.

A range of material will be available online to help prepare young people for the live experience. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Aston’s Stones, adapted by Bára L Magnúsdóttir and the ensemble from a book by Lotta Geffenblad – June 18 to June 23. For Under 5s.

This is a story about how easy it is to love and the ability to see the value in small things – even in a little stone.

Some stones are big and some are small. One is sad and another one feels cold. All are in need of someone to care for them.

When Aston starts bringing stones home, his patient and understanding parents don’t mind. But after a while they start to worry – how many stones can one household look after? Perhaps it’s time to find a better home for Aston’s new friends.

Magical Mechanicals – July 9 to July 21. For everyone. Tickets £3. Open everyday from 10.30am – 5.30pm.

Magical Mechanicals is an interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata. The aim of this witty combination of art and science is to inspire and build understanding of how machines work… the drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers in these machines underpin our lives in so many ways.

We Dance, Wee Groove – July 30 to August 11. Two versions: under 5 and 5 – 7.

Join stillmotion on a journey around the world in a highly interactive dance experience for children and their adults. Featuring professional performers, music, lighting and projected images, each session invites participation between audience and performers.

We Dance, Wee groove is described as a unique, stimulating and enriching experience celebrating dance, music and imaginative play for children and adults alike.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7645 0560 or visit