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By bike There is a cycle rack at the theatre

Coach Parking We would suggest that coach drivers are informed that parking on The Broadway is not permitted. Once the children have been dropped outside the theatre, coaches are welcome to wait in Morden Park Car Park (Merton College), London Road, Morden, SM4.

Did you know that you and your school can get FREE travel through TFL? Simply email school.party@tube.tfl.gov.uk for more information and an application form, or phone The School Party Admin Team 0343 222 1234 (select options 2, 2, 3).

We are committed to making Polka accessible to everyone. If you have any access requirements, please let us know when booking.

Wheelchair access

Induction loop

Integrated Sign Language Performance

Working dogs welcome

Relaxed performances Accessible toilet Touch tours Specialist workshops Scripts available in advance

Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway Wimbledon London SW19 1SB Box Office: 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com Tue - Fri: 9.30am - 4.30pm Sat: 10am - 4.30pm Polka is a registered charity no. 256979

Box Office: 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union.

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Why not bring the magic of Polka to your school? Polka is delighted to be offering some great school workshops for both pupils and teachers to enjoy. Polka’s directors, puppeteers, playwrights and actors can lead workshops in your school hall. We can work with up to 30 children at a time and tailor-make the experience to suit your needs. To book a workshop contact Lucia on 020 8545 8329 or lucia@polkatheatre.com.

The Planet and Stuff 27 Sep - 26 Oct 2013 Themes • Sustainable development • The environment • Rights and responsibilities • Community

KS2 & KS3

Gorilla 16 Oct 2013 - 15 Feb 2014

EYFS & KS1

Themes • Family • Friendships • Play and exploration • Adventure and imagination

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

KS1 & KS2

22 Nov 2013 - 15 Feb 2014 Themes • Imagination • Working together and getting along • Adventure • Emotions and feelings • Fairness • Family and friends Early • Rights and responsibilities B Spec ird • Music and rhyme Offe ial r scho for o see p ls 7

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Polka in your classro om!

Puppet-making Workshops

Play in a Day

Our professional puppet and prop makers deliver workshops exploring rod puppets, hand puppets, two dimensional puppets, junk puppets or the art of object manipulation. Focusing on a theme or book you are studying, we can work with your group to create puppets and bring them to life.

Our director visits your class and works with them throughout the day to devise a play. We can focus on a specific theme or aspect of the curriculum and through improvisation, role play and storytelling techniques, use drama to explore other areas of learning.

Playwriting Workshops

Page to Stage

Our playwrights visit your class and work with them on devising their own script using creative drama techniques to focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Let us help you make books and stories more accessible by bringing them to life in your classroom using drama games and techniques.

An Actor’s Life Workshop Learn warm-ups, acting techniques, improvisation exercises and some of the tricks of the trade.

Multi-sensory Workshops These workshops are for SEN groups and can be adapted to suit your group’s individual needs. Contact Lucia for more information on 020 8545 8329 or lucia@polkatheatre.com.

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27 September - 26 October Main Theatre • Running time TBC (check www.polkatheatre.com) Polka Theatre and Tonic Theatre present

The Planet and Stuff By Simon Daw, Joel Horwood and Lucy Kerbel One simple question: ‘How can we solve climate change?’ Get ready for a frenzied, fun-packed, interactive adventure, as we tackle the debate that continues to outfox scientists and world leaders. From what’s going on up in the atmosphere to where that sweet wrapper in your pocket came from, and where it might end up, climate change takes centre stage.

9 - 13 years

Tickets £8 for schools One free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets Performance diary p13 -14

Part live science demo, part hyperactive game show, The Planet and Stuff is the straight-talking climate change event that will get your students asking some big questions. Exploding with fun, facts and audience participation, this show has been specifically created for ages 9 - 13 in partnership with children from Polka’s Young Voices Panel.

KS2 & KS3 Geography and Science pupils can be encouraged to:

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KS2 & KS3 PSHE and Citizenship pupils can be encouraged to:

• explore sustainable development and its impact on environmental interaction and climate change.

• understand that there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, school and in the community.

• understand that the physical and human dimensions of the environment are interrelated and can together influence environmental change.

• understand that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect individuals and communities.

• identify opportunities for their own involvement in managing environments sustainably.

• take responsibility by looking after the school environment.

Bringin g curricu the lum to life KS2 & KS3 English and Drama pupils can be encouraged to: • watch live performances to appreciate how action, character, atmosphere, tension and themes are conveyed. • evaluate and respond constructively to their own and others’ performances. • recall and re-present important features of an argument, talk or reading.

Box Office: 020 8543 4888 • For more information visit: www.polkatheatre.com

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16 October 2013 - 15 February 2014 Adventure Theatre • Running time approx 45 minutes, no interval Polka Theatre presents

Gorilla By Anthony Browne Adapted by Rachel Barnett Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. It’s the night before her birthday and something amazing is about to happen… When Hannah’s toy gorilla comes to life, dressed in her father’s coat and hat, they embark on a thrilling, moonlit adventure.

EYFS & KS1

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Tickets £8 for schools One free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets Performance diary p13 -14

Meet the world’s friendliest gorilla this winter as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic award-winning picture book by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne – brought to life with puppetry, music and a giant sprinkling of Polka magic.

KS1 English and Drama pupils can be encouraged to: • comment constructively on drama they have watched or in which they have taken part. • remember specific points that interest them and make relevant comments. • identify and respond to patterns and sounds in language.

Aspects of the show extend into all seven areas of Learning and Development for the EYFS, but with the most obvious connections to:

Bringin g curricu the lum to life

• Communication, language and development: self-confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

• Understanding the world: making sense of their community through exploration and observation.

• Personal, social and emotional development: forming positive relationships and developing social skills.

• Expressive arts and design: exploration and investigation of materials, opportunities to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Show-related workshops Gorilla Copyright © 1983 Anthony Browne. Adapted and performed by permission of Walker Books Ltd London Cover illustration © 1983 Anthony Browne. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd London www.walker.co.uk

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Available for all Polka Theatre productions and can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Contact lucia@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329

Box Office: 020 8543 4888 • For more information visit: www.polkatheatre.com

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22 November 2013 - 15 February 2014 Main Theatre • Running time approx 2 hours, including interval Polka Theatre presents

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Simon Reade Based on the novel by Lewis Carroll Curiouser and curiouser…

KS1 & KS2

When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen.

One free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets Performance diary p13 -14

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Bringin g curricu the lum to life

KS1 & KS2 English and Drama pupils can be encouraged to:

KS1 & KS2 PSHE and Citizenship pupils can be encouraged to:

KS1 & KS2 Music pupils can be encouraged to:

• recognise the choice, use and effect of figurative language and vocabulary.

• face new challenges positively by collecting information, making responsible choices, and taking action.

• understand how music is used for particular purposes.

• identify how character and setting are created, and how plot, narrative structure and themes are developed. • evaluate ideas and themes that broaden perspectives and extend thinking.

• recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair, and what is right and wrong. • reflect on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people’s experiences.

• explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about music using movement, dance, and musical vocabulary. • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

Illustration by Manuel Sumberac

Join us in Wonderland this winter for a thrilling adventure that’s bursting with laughter, imagination, original songs and stunning staging.

7

years

Tickets £11 for schools

Based on the much-loved children’s classic, Lewis Carroll’s charming characters spring to life in an enchanting show full of music, madness and mystery. Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin with the Cheshire Cat and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, but whatever you do… don’t lose your head!

6 - 11

Show-related workshops Available for all Polka Theatre productions and can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Contact lucia@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329

Box Office: 020 8543 4888 • For more information visit: www.polkatheatre.com

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Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 October

THUrsday 7 - SATurday 9 NOVember

Adventure Theatre • Running time approx 40 minutes, no interval

Main Theatre • Running time approx 1 hour 25 minutes, including interval

Lyngo Theatre presents

Mind the Gap presents

Egg and Spoon Relax on our comfy cushions as Percy and April guide you through the four seasons and celebrate the wonders of nature. Make some friends while you play peek-a-boo in a puddle or dance at the butterfly party! You’ll see how everyone likes to sleep on the moon cushion or cover themselves with snow, from spring to autumn and back again.

EYFS

6 mths - 3 yrs

Tickets £8 for schools One free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets Performance diary p13 -14

By Mike Kenny Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, retold by acclaimed children’s writer Mike Kenny – with a twist. There be mutiny at Flints! Modern-day and fantasy worlds collide as a supermarket becomes the scene for the greatest pirate story of them all; turning aisles into adventure and carrots into parrots!

Bringin g curricu the lum to life Aspects of the show extend into all seven areas of Learning and Development, with particular attention to: • Communication, language and development: self-confidence and skills in expressing themselves • Personal, social and emotional development: forming positive relationships and developing social skills. • Understanding the world: making sense of their community through exploration and observation. • Expressive arts and design: exploration and investigation of materials, opportunities to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings.

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Box Office: 020 8543 4888 • For more information visit: www.polkatheatre.com

KS2

7+ years

Tickets £8 for schools One free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets Performance diary p13 -14

For this exciting new staging of Treasure Island, Polka is delighted to welcome Mind the Gap, the award-winning theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled artists as equals. Jump aboard and join this swashbuckling adventure!

KS2 PSHE and Citizenship pupils can be encouraged to:

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• talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views on issues that affect themselves and society. • face new challenges positively by collecting information, looking for help, making responsible choices, and taking action. • reflect on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people’s experiences. • recognise that differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability.

KS2 English and Drama pupils can be encouraged to: • identify features of language used for a specific purpose. • comment constructively on drama they have watched, or in which they have taken part. • use character, action and narrative to convey story, themes, emotions, ideas in plays they devise and script.

Box Office: 020 8543 4888 • For more information visit: www.polkatheatre.com

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Curtain Up!

Playhouse 2014

Has your school got a high proportion of pupils on free school meals? Would a trip to Polka be their first experience of live theatre? Are theatre visits not financially viable for your school?

Calling all Year 5 and 6 teachers! Would you like the chance to work with a leading playwright and professional theatre practitioners? Playhouse gives your school the opportunity to perform a new play written by one of Britain’s top playwrights on the Polka stage. Polka is now recruiting six Year 5 and 6 class teachers to take part in Playhouse 2014. This unique creative learning and teacher development project has been running since 2005, in partnership with York Theatre Royal and Theatre Royal Plymouth. For your chance to be a part of Playhouse 2014 please contact lucia@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329 for more information.

‘Working with the project was a great experience from start to finish. The drama workshops helped the children develop their confidence as well as their acting ability through taking part in fun games and activities. The actual performance at the theatre was an excellent opportunity… it was amazing to see the children rise to the occasion and give fantastic performances!’ Jenny, Playhouse Teacher

come along and...

take part Act, sing, dance, direct and create at Polka!

We have lots of after-school courses and holiday workshops on offer for children aged 3 to 13 years. If you or any of your students and parents would like to know more visit www.polkatheatre.com for further information and to book.

If the answer is yes to these questions, then why not apply for our fantastic Curtain Up scheme which could give you free tickets for one of our Main House shows (for up to a whole year group), a free Q & A session with the actors from the show and £100 towards your transport costs. For further information please contact sonja@polkatheatre.com call 020 8545 8327 or fill in an application form at www.polkatheatre.com/editorial/curtain-up ‘Our school is in a deprived area of Croydon and schemes like Curtain Up give our children an opportunity to do something that they would otherwise be unable to do.’ South Norwood Primary School

Arts Access Do you work at a Special School, or within a unit in a mainstream school?

At Polka, we are dedicated to improving access to theatre for all children, and we appreciate that extra care is needed when organising a trip for a special needs group. This is a unique package for Special Schools and for units within mainstream schools, which has been developed to ensure that children with special needs have as full and stimulating an experience as possible. What’s included: • A free pre-show school visit to prepare the group • A dedicated usher and area of refuge for your visit • A free multi-sensory drama workshop at your school • Touch tour of the stage and actors for visually impaired • Plus much more! Contact lucia@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329 for more information.

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visiting polka

diary

Main Theatre shows in violet Adventure Theatre shows in pink

This diary lists school performances only. For a full list of public performances visit www.polkatheatre.com

Diary Key

How to book Call the Box Office on 020 8543 4888 or email schoolbookings@polkatheatre.com.

Preview performance

November 2013

Toddler performance for ages 1 - 2

Tu

5 Gorilla

We 6 Gorilla

February 2014 10.35/2.05

10.35/12.30/2.05

Fr 13 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30 10.35/2.05

Tu 4 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Reservations and payments

Th 7 Treasure Island 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

Tu 17 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 5 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Cheques are payable to ‘Polka Theatre’. In most cases, payment must be made at least 6 weeks before the date of your visit.

Fr 8 Treasure Island 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

We 18 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Th 6 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Tu 12 Gorilla

Th 19 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Fr 7 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Fr 20 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Tu 11 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 12 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 13 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 14 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Free tickets for teachers

September 2013

One teacher or accompanying adult goes free for every ten students. Teachers are also invited to claim a free ticket to performances in the first week of a production, should you wish to preview a show before making a group booking. Contact the Box Office to book your free ticket.

Fr 27 Planet and Stuff 2.00

Risk Assessment Polka can provide a written risk assessment for your visit to the theatre or download this at www.polkatheatre.com/editorial/booking-a-school-trip

Refreshments Ices and drinks are available but must be ordered in advance. Contact the Polka Front of House team on 020 8545 8335 or download an order form from the website. www.polkatheatre.com/editorial/booking-a-school-trip

Eating at Polka Polka makes a nominal charge of £10 for groups wishing to eat packed lunches at the theatre. Space for your group to eat must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. Please enquire at the time of booking.

We 13 Gorilla /7.00

October 2013 Tu 1 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Egg and Spoon 10.35/2.05 We 2 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Egg and Spoon 10.35/2.05 Th 3 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Egg and Spoon 10.35/2.05 Fr 4 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Egg and Spoon 10.35/2.05 Tu

8 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00

We 9 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Th 10 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Fr 11 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00

10.30/2.00

10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 14 Gorilla

10.30/2.00

Fr 15 Gorilla

10.30/2.00

Tu 19 Gorilla

10.30/2.00

We 20 Gorilla Th 21 Gorilla

10.30/2.00

10.30/12.30/2.00

Fr 22 Alice in Won… Gorilla

2.00 /7.00 10.30/2.05

Tu 26 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 27 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 28 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 29 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Tu 15 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00

December 2013

We 16 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 2.05

Tu 3 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 17 Planet and Stuff 10.30 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

We 4 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 18 Planet and Stuff 10.30 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

Th 5 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Tu 22 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

Fr 6 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 23 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

Tu 10 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 24 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

We 11 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 25 Planet and Stuff 10.30/2.00 Gorilla 10.35/2.05

Th 12 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30 10.35/2.05

january 2014 We 8 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 9 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/6.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 10 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30 /2.00 10.35/2.05

We 15 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/6.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 16 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 17 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 22 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 23 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 24 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Tu 28 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

We 29 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/12.30/2.05

Th 30 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

Fr 31 Alice in Won… Gorilla

10.30/2.00 10.35/2.05

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Additional Copies of the Schools Brochure If your school requires more copies of the schools brochure or the family brochure then please email sonja@polkatheatre.com or call the Box Office.

Would you like to receive our exclusive emails for teachers? Stay up to date with all the latest Polka news for teachers and schools. Simply email sonja@polkatheatre.com with your name, school and email address.

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