Festival time this month

Performing Arts Festival
Performing Arts Festival

AS part of Buxton Opera House’s brand-new learning and participation programme – the venue is presenting OctoberFest from Saturday October 22 to Sunday October 30 – a fresh, fun and creative half-term festival for young people.

Performances during the week-long October festival include Friend or Foe, an exciting tale of adventure and friendship set at the height of World War II (also on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22).

The Selfish Giant (Sunday, October 23) is based on the much loved tale by Oscar Wilde, and provides a captivating show of storytelling and dance. The Magic Paintbrush (Friday 28 October) by The Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, tells the story of Shen and her magic paintbrush which makes everything she paints come to life. And Bob The Builder will return (on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30) with another challenge full of mayhem; this time Bob is tested with the task of refurbishing a theatre in time for the first night of a brand new musical! The Old Hall Hotel will provide the perfect setting for a spooky performance: Tales to Terrify (Sunday 22 October from 6pm to 7pm) for those aged 12 to 18 to enjoy stories of murder mystery and mayhem.

OctoberFest is also set to deliver some creative and educating workshops for the young people of the High Peak: Kaleidoscope Drama School, a 5-day acting course (Monday 24 to Friday 28 October from 10am to 4pm) is a fantastic opportunity for 13 to 19-year-olds to get an insight into what it takes to be an actor. Workshops will include Voice, Speech, Movement, Improvisation, Physical Theatre and Acting.

From Junk to Funk (Wednesday 26 October for ages three to seven) will teach creative ways of making instruments from a variety of everyday objects – with an opportunity to perform the instruments at the end of the session.

Other workshops include Scary Shakespeare (Saturday 29 October), Musical Theatre (Thursday, 27 October), Futuristic Fashion (Thursday, 27 October), Make Your Own Story Picture Book (Tuesday 25, October), Spooky Sound Podcast! (Saturday 29 October) and many more.

For more information about these shows and workshops, pick up your copy of the OctoberFest brochure at Buxton Opera House Box Office. To purchase tickets or make bookings call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit the website: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk