Half term fun ahead at ARC

Antarctic penguins, film making and a brand new children’s comedy club – just a taste of what we have coming up this half term at ARC. 

DepArts are bringing the interactive puppet based adventure, Emergency Story Penguin, between 10  -14 February for a run of shows, but they need your help!

A small penguin is stuck at the bottom of the Antarctic in a submarine that is powered only by song, so all aboard to help the unit make a safe resuce!

The Adventures of Walter Lemonface returns but this time to the cinema on Saturday 21 February.The wild explorer will be unravelling tales of unusual discoveries along with colourful imagery, meeting some weird and wonderful characters along the way.

A journey up to the darkest depths of an old house awaits in Up In The Attic on Friday 20 February as three children conjure up a playtime adventure with a difference while conquering their fears of the dark, but what awaits them when they get to the top? 

New to our live programme this year is School of Fun; a comedy club created with children in mind. The family friendly afternoon shows will be presented by Phil Ellis, best known as the brains behind Edinburgh Fringe’s smash children’s show Funz and Gamez. Top comedians, clean fun and old school gunge can be expected, parents are welcome too (if they behave themselves). The first event is on Wednesday 18 February.

For 13-17 year olds, Film Explorers is a brilliant week-long project running from 16 – 20 February for youngsters who want to learn the basics about film making. The sessions led by John Kirkbride will explain how films are constructed, why we can predict scenarios and general film making tips. There will also be an opportunity to make a short film with a red carpet style premiere, exclusively for family and friends. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into film making and the media industry. 

The beautifully animated Paddington Bear follows the story of the small bear as he tries to adjust to life in London with his new family, but the evil taxidermist has other plans for the marmalade loving creature on Saturday 14 February.

The Art Room is back on Monday 30 March  for a crafty session of creativity with plenty of chicks and baby bunny making activities!

Bryony Lavery’s famous stage adaptation of Treasure Island will be screened in the cinema on Wednesday 18 February as part of National Theatre’s Encore programme, expect swashbuckling, mutiny and plenty of hearty action!