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Dateline: 8th March, 2006

Children and balloons
Photo from the last family Fun Day in 2004

Easter Parade at the Lyric

The Lyric Hammersmith will open its doors - and all parts of the theatre - for a free family fun day on Easter Saturday (15th April) from 10am (doors open at 9.30). Highlights are:

Indefinite Articles
Clay Time
10am, 12 noon and 2pm
Ages 3 - 5
Sally Brown and Steven Tiplady from Indefinite Articles, the creators of The Magic Lamp at the Lyric last Christmas, create a whole new world from a small mountain of clay. Slowly they begin to tell their story by transforming the clay into landscapes and animals. Afterwards, children can join in and get messy, creating their own world of clay.

theatre-rites and Lyric Hammersmith
In One Ear
10am & 2pm
Ages 3 - 6
Mischievous musicians and a playful puppeteer create a world where instruments become puppets and people become instruments. Young audiences will be delighted by this magical exploration of how, from an early age, we discover sound. In One Ear's previous run at the Lyric was a sell-out success.

Lyngo Theatre Company
Egg and Spoon
10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm
Ages 3 and under
A little egg doesn't want to hatch, but what's inside the egg? A little animal? Treasure, music, stories or . . . a surprise? Performed by Partick Lynch (better known as 'that man from CBeebies Razzle Dazzle') with lots of songs, music and audience participation, Egg and Spoon is an exploration of music-making for the littlest audiences.

Xiaoyu Shi
South East Asian Dance
Throughout the day
For all the family
Chinese dancer Xiaoyu Shi performs four traditional dances from across South East Asia. Xiaoyu also explains the dances' origins and their meanings and then children get the chance to dress in traditional costumes and try some of the steps themselves.

Phil Minton's Feral Choir
An orchestra of human noise!
12 noon
For all the family
Composer, conductor and musician, Phil Minton performs with his Feral Choir, made up of volunteers from Hammersmith & Fulham who have no vocal training - and only two days to rehearse! Phil goes beyond singing, to explore every sound the human voice can make, so expect the world's most unusual orchestra of human noise!

Whalley Range Allstars
Throughout the Day
For all the family
Jump into an over-sized four-poster bed for a very special bed-time story. Safely tucked under an enormous quilt, the bed is wheeled into a small marquee where a striking 3-D story unfolds.

Improbable and the National Theatre of Scotland
The Wolves in the Walls
Ages 7+
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's classic book is on the Lyric's Main Stage from Wed 12 to Sat 29 April. This is the story of Lucy, who hears creeping, creaking, crumpling noises coming from behind the wallpaper and knows there are wolves in the walls of her house. A cast of puppets, actors and musicians combine to create an intensely visual, raucous, joyous and scary exposé of how anarchic wolves really are.

UK Wolf Conservation Trust
Meet some real wolves!
Throughout the day
For all the family
With The Wolves in the Walls on the Main Stage the Lyric brings some real wolves to meet everyone. The UK Wolf Conservation Trust exists to counter the negative images of wolves; their handlers explain the real truth about wolves and answer everyone's questions - hopefully dispelling the myths learnt from childhood.

Some events have a limited capacity; tickets for these events will be available from the Ticket Office on the day, before the listed start time. Please note: event times may be subject to change.


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©Peter Lathan 2006