NEWS: Tea Break Theatre Presents Sleeping Beauty?

Turning a much-loved story on its head with an intriguing modern twist, Tea Break Theatre will  present a Zoom-based re-working of Sleeping Beauty? this December, featuring puppetry, original music and comedy.  

Everyone knows the story: in a faraway time and a faraway place, a beautiful Princess is asleep in a  castle. But this time, it’s 2020, and that faraway tale is happening here and now. Prince wants to save the Princess, so sets off on an adventure with his faithful dog, Puff. Can he save the Princess  and defeat the evil villain, Dreaver, who is determined to turn your own dreams against you, all in  time for Christmas? 

Starring Felicity Sparks, Alicia  McKenzie, Chris Dobson and Molly Small, this is uplifting and enlightening tale will explore how being honest about our emotions and identity  can help our mental wellbeing. Sleeping Beauty? hopes to help adults and children alike feel  grounded and empowered, in what for many has felt like a chaotic and uncontrollable year.  

The power of theatre is  that it is always there for us, whatever is happening, whatever the challenges, theatre finds a way to  tell stories which both distract us and allow us to process the world we find ourselves in. By taking theatre online, but keeping it live and interactive, I hope to create something new and exciting: a  form of theatre that actually would never have existed without the pandemic! I want to tell a story  which will transport you and your kids to an epic adventure with all the magic, hope and joy we need  right now. “

Katharine Armitage, writer and director of Sleeping Beauty?

Written and directed by Katharine Armitage (Big Finish’s Doctor Who Audio Adventures; Funny  Women Writing Award finalist, 2020), Sleeping Beauty? is a fairy-tale for the 21st century. Families will be transported into a magical fairy-tale world, while exploring the feelings of loneliness, community, and isolation that have been heightened during the Covid-19 lockdowns.  

Age guidance: Sleeping Beauty? is suitable for ages 3+ (perfect for children aged 4 to 9).

Tickets: Ensuring theatre is accessible for all families this Christmas, Tea Break Theatre will be using a ‘pay  what you can’ ticketing system, where low cost and free tickets are available for those who need  them most. 

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