IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Sponsored by the Book People

Southbank Centre, Saturday 11 – Sunday 26 February, 2012

When Dennis the Menace and his mates from Beanotown come to London to star in the world premiere of The Trial of Dennis the Menace, they will find Southbank Centre run by children and teeming with a host of dragons, ninja pirates and characters as wild and colourful as they are, many of them brought to life by the writers who created them.

With more than 50 ticketed and free events over two weeks, including concerts, plays, comedy and appearances by many of the UK’s finest children’s authors, it will be the biggest Imagine festival yet. For six days, between 13th – 19th February, children take over the running of Imagine, from managing the cloakroom to selling programmes and making sure shows start on time.

Imagine Festival Highlights:

  • Readings and storytelling from new books by Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy, Francesca Simon, Morris Gleitzman, Andy Stanton and Cressida Cowell

  • Cast of The Beano star in the world premiere of The Trial of Dennis The Menace 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean star Mackenzie Crook reads and draws from his new book
  • Prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award held at Imagine for first time
  • Robert Winston demonstrates amazing facts and explosively fun activities from his new book Science Experiments
  • Special staged performance of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning Private Peaceful 
  • Chances to meet favourite authors and characters on the Imagine Extra Stage, including Ciaran Murtagh (Dinopants); Korky Paul (Winnie the Witch); Jamila Gavin (Tales from India); Tamara McFarlane (Amazing Esme); Steve Cole (Astrosaurs) Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis (Dr Xargle) the Mega Mash-up Boys and more.
  • Comedy from Imagine favourites James Campbell and Jeremy Strong 
  • Past children’s laureate Michael Rosen chairs the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Panel with this year’s winner Liz Pichon (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates) and previous winners Louise Rennison (Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging) and Philip Ardagh (Grubtown Tales)
  • Laura Dockrill celebrates the genius of Roald Dahl withDockrill’s Dahl Delights 
  • BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates re-creates famous disgusting recipes from children’s books
  • Charles Hazlewood brings orchestral music to life with family performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvořák’s Symphony from the New World 
  • Opera for babies, hip-hop for toddlers and family-friendly orchestral performances of The Jungle Book and Carnival of the Animals 
  • Children can explore the Southbank Centre site with new friend Beastie  and with choreographer Lea Anderson on her Tall Tales Tour

For more information and bookings, please visit the Southbank Centre website as listed above.

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