July


Saturday 29th July

Gangsta Granny at the Garrick Theatre, London

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Gangsta Granny

gangsta-granny_largeDavid Walliams’ bestselling children’s book Gangsta Granny receives a West End transfer in a delightful page-to-stage adaptation by Horrible Histories’ Neal Foster. Premiering in 2015, the production by Birmingham Stage Company was recently nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Now, Gangsta Granny embarks on a UK tour before sneaking into London’s Garrick Theatre for a limited summer run in 2017.

Gangsta Granny follows Ben, a young boy who is staying at his Granny’s on a typical Friday night. Prepared for a boring night in, Ben knows that he will be presented with the usual cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – bleurgh! But what he doesn’t know is that his robbing relative harbours a secret bigger than he could image! Quickly, boring Friday nights in turn into adventurous nights out, as Ben and his Granny become gangstas!

In 2013, Gangsta Granny was made into a BBC Christmas special, starring Joanna Lumley, David Walliams, Miranda Hart and Julia McKenzie.


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‘Picturing Hetty Feather’ exhibition at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Picturing Hetty Feather’ exhibition

Exhibition runs 26 May 2017 — 03 Sep 2017.

This summer enjoy a day out at the Foundling Museum and explore our family exhibition Picturing Hetty Feather.

Discover how author Jacqueline Wilson’s much-loved character Hetty Feather has brought the history of London’s Foundling Hospital to life. Created by Wilson in 2008 during her Fellowship at the Museum, spirited Victorian foundling Hetty Feather has delighted young audiences with her adventures across five books, a stage show and a CBBC series.

This immersive exhibition explores the creative ways in which curators, writers, directors and designers have interpreted life at the Foundling Hospital, through television scenery, costumes, and rarely-seen items from the Hospital Collection. Try on costumes from the original CBBC television series, sit in Hetty’s classroom and discover what life was like for Hetty and her friends. The exhibition is packed full of fun activities throughout including the opportunity to test out your own creative writing skills.


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August


Wednesday 2nd August

‘Performing with Hetty’ at the Foundling Museum, London

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‘Performing with Hetty’

To celebrate national Playday, join us for a free family drama workshop. Bring characters and scenes from the Hetty Feather books to life using acting and play in this immersive workshop.

Suitable for age 5+. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. To take part, sign up on the day.

Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30.


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Tuesday 22nd August

‘Hetty Feather: Using History Creatively’ at at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Hetty Feather: Using History Creatively’

Join us for a very special family event with author of the Hetty Feather book series Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Jacqueline Wilson talks about the writing of Hetty Feather, alongside some of the creative people involved in transforming the books into a TV series.

 

Find out how the Foundling Hospital’s story has inspired artists of all kinds, and take the opportunity to ask those burning questions.


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Tuesday 29th August

Hetty’s Shadow Puppet Theatre at The Foundling Museum, London

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Hetty’s Shadow Puppet Theatre

Make your own shadow puppet theatre in this free family workshop. Taking inspiration from Nick Sharratt’s silhouette illustrations in the Jacqueline Wilson’s book Hetty Feather, create a shadow puppet theatre featuring characters from Hetty Feather, Diamond and Clover Moon.

Suitable for age 5+. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. To take part, sign up on the day.

Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30.


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