Jon Klassen’s picture books delight children around the world. Adapted for the stage, his first book I WANT MY HAT BACK was a big online hit, and the sequel, THIS IS NOT MY HAT was also eagerly enjoyed by youngsters. Now, the enterprising Little Angel Theatre has again partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of the final book, the third in the series, called WE FOUND A HAT. The show is free to access and designed for children aged from 3 to 6.
The Little Angel Theatre responded magnificently to the lack of theatre available online for younger children by creating a stage version of Jon Klassen’s story book I WANT MY HAT BACK.
After the huge success of its showing online, with almost 160,000 views at the time of writing, Little Angel Theatre has again partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of the sequel to I WANT MY HAT BACK which is called THIS IS NOT MY HAT. The show is free to access and designed for children aged from 3 to 6.
The show is available until September 1st and lasts just under ten minutes.
Parents with younger children are in for a treat as award-winning The Little Angel Theatre is streaming a show right now on the Theatre’s YouTube channel. It has already had over 180,000 views!
Little Angel Theatre has partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book I WANT MY HAT BACK. The show is free to access and aimed at children aged from 3 to 6.
Nicholson directed and performed the show from his home during lockdown, with a set designed by Samuel Wilde and music by Jim Whitcher.
The mischievous tale follows a bear who’s hat has gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, if they have seen it. The book was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal when it was published in the UK in 2013.
Interestingly, the show was created remotely, with the designer posting the completed set to Nicholson who performed the show from his home
Here’s another show for younger audiences and their families from the Egg, part of Theatre Royal Bristol.
On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.
Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I Was A Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale. Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.
Suitable for ages 7+. Duration 45 minutes.
I Wish I Was A Mountain was awarded the prestigous Showcase Victor Award at IPAY 2020 (People’s Choice Award) – the International Performing Arts for Youth showcase in Philadelphia.
Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Bath Theatre Royal to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.