16th November: Gateway Film Festival – 6pm screening of “La Belle et la Bête”

This Gateway Film Festival screening will a fantastic and unusual afternoon for families with children aged 5-6 and above.

In the atmospheric setting of St John’s, join us for a screening of La Belle et la Bête (1946). You may be more familiar with the Disney animated version or the recent adaptation starring Emma Watson, but this offers the first filmic adaptation of the classic 1757 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairytale. It is directed by French poet and film-maker Jean Cocteau. Starring Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as the Beast.

Age Rating: PG
Time: 16/11/19, 18:00
Ticket Cost: £5 Book tickets

16th November: Gateway Film Festival – 2pm screening of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”

This Gateway Film Festival screening will provide a fantastic and unusual afternoon for families with children aged 5-6 and above.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is a German animated fairytale film by film director and pioneer of silhouette animation Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and follows the prince who rides his flying horse on a series of magical adventures, which include meeting a witch, seeing Aladdin, battling demons and even falling in love with a princess.

The screening will be followed by workshop of shadow-puppet making, where you can make your very own works inspired by Reiniger’s film and style.

Age Rating: PG (suggested age range 5-6 and older)
Ticket Information: £5 for 18+, £3 for under 18s including optional workshop (children must be accompanied by adults). Book tickets

25th October at 6pm: Peter Pan – Lamphouse Theatre

A professional production of Peter Pan, inspired by J.M. Barrie’s novel, produced by Peterborough based theatre company Lamphouse Theatre.

The Darling family’s life is changed forever when Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, appears at their window one night. Wendy, John and Michael follow Peter to Neverland, meeting Lost Boys, mermaids and crocodiles along the way! But will their adventure be sabotaged by Captain Hook or can they outwit his nasty pirate crew and save Neverland?

Jam-packed with live music, humour, adventure and energy. The production will appeal to both boys and girls and discusses important morals; family, responsibility, friendship, bravery, trust and ambition.

Suitable for all ages 6+.

Tickets for the performance at St John’s are available from the Eastern Angles booking page. There are also two performances at The Undercroft.

13th October at 3pm: Rustle – PaddleBoat Theatre

Imagine that you’re far from home, playing in the woods all on your own and all is still and calm and clear – But what’s that rustle that you hear?

Paddleboat Theatre’s Rustle can support Key-Stage learning about nature, adventure and outdoor play, and can tour into schools. Created through a school residency the show explores pupils’ fears and excitement about being in the woods, and models story-telling and role play through imaginative use of simple props and underscored with original music

Tickets price £5 each or £16 family ticket for four are available from the Key Theatre Box Office.

“The Show was so interactive, we were all involved throughout so there were no worries about having to sit still and be quiet, we were too engrossed” — Peterborough Audience member from “According to Arthur” in March 2018

“★★★★ …utterly Charming, unexpectedly affecting… beautiful, spellbinding – which held the kids in the room enraptured…” — Fringe Guru – about According to Arthur

Piccolo – Listen to the Band

The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John's
The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John’s

facebook eventOn Thursday 1st December, we’ll be holding the last St John’s CIC organised event of the year, when we’ll be having a very special Piccolo concert featuring the City of Peterborough Concert Band. We’ve now been running Piccolo for well over a year, having held a Piccolo concert on the first Thursday of every month since September 2015 except January, when we took a break, and August, when instead of our usual Thursday date we held an outdoor Piccolo as part of the YMCA’s Celebration of Youth Day event.
At the moment we don’t have quite enough adults bringing children to Piccolo to make it sustainable in the long run. As we generally have more than one musician performing our costs are quite high, and the more people who bring children to Piccolo, the easier it will be for us to continue to run these concerts, and to invite a wide variety of performers to play for us. We know lots of you really value Piccolo, and it’s wonderful to see young children developing their appreciation of music, and enjoying the event with their grown-ups!
Piccolo PosterWe’ve made a poster/flyer with details of the next three Piccolo concerts, and we’ll be distributing these around the city very soon. You can also download the poster here. We’d love it if you could print a few copies off and display them in a window or on a notice-board somewhere.