Polka Theatre Show Is Inspired By Refugee Crisis

'Under the Rainbow' uses music, puppetry and a transformative set

Under the Rainbow, a new production for children aged 3-6 at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre, has been partly inspired by the journey of refugees around the world.

Created by Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville and performed by Marleen Vermeulen, Under the Rainbow has been developed as part of the EU-funded ‘Small size Wide Eyes’ project, involving artists from 15 countries.

With music, puppetry and a transformative set, this non-verbal piece will tell the story of one woman’s courageous journey. As she crosses land and sea, she befriends a turtle and a colourful bird of paradise, discovering a plentiful island that gives her hope for the future.

The ‘Small size Wide Eyes’ project involves theatre companies from 15 different European countries creating an original piece of theatre inspired by children’s hunger for knowledge and discovery. Polka is the UK partner in ‘Small size’, the European network for early years’ theatre funded by the European Union.

As part of this partnership Polka will welcome another ‘Wide Eyes’ piece from Belgium later this year, when Théâtre de la Guimbarde present Hide-and-Seek (Cache-Cache), from June 7-11.

Under the Rainbow, which is in the Adventure Theatre from May 4-28, is created and directed by Peter Glanville and designed by Verity Quinn with music by Julian Butler and lighting designed by Chris Randall.

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April 11, 2017

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