With half term just around the corner The Atkinson has prepared a jam packed programme with something to keep all ages and tastes occupied and thoroughly entertained. For a full list visit the family page.

With family theatre, a film showing of a Disney classic and a BBC comedy duo lined up to keep children’s boredom at bay this brand new arts venue also has a number of top treats for adults including live music and stand-up comedy, ensuring no one will miss out this half term.
On Wednesday 29 May Topsy Turvy Theatre Company will be swooping into town with Ruby Flew Too, a family theatre adaptation of the wonderful, heart-warming story by Jonathan Emmett with beautiful illustrations by Rebecca Harry. Topsy Turvy Theatre effortlessly brings to life the tale of a little duckling struggling to find her feet. Friday 31 May brings a family screening of Disney’s hit CGI-animated comedy adventure Tangled, the story of the magically long-haired Rapunzel who spent her entire life in a tower, until a runaway thief stumbles upon her after which she embarks on a journey to discover the world for the first time, and find out who she really is.

Children will also be excited to hear of a visit from Andy Day, star of Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) and BAFTA nominated BBC presenter, alongside comedy partner Mike James in Andy & Mike’s… Tick Tock Time Machine on 2 June. Whilst playing in the garden of their ‘fun pad’ – they discover a door that was locked many years ago by their great, great, great grandfather Wally Bum. Inside they find his workshop with many inventions and a mysterious Time Machine. The Time Machine sends them on a quest to collect the things they need from the past to help a very Old Andy in the future. Will they make it back to the here and now or be trapped in the mists of a time forever? With their trademark infectious energy and their irrepressible sense of fun this show is the perfect treat for the whole family.

Not forgetting all the long suffering adults out there, The Atkinson offers a number of shows just for grown-ups this half term. Tuesday 28 May will see Southport Film Guild present a screening of Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life, a poignant look at the life of Joyce Vincent, a social high flyer who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003; where her body lay undiscovered for three years. Comedy is on the bill as well, kicking off on Wednesday 29 May with Monkey Poet Murder Mystery, a unique and hilarious double bill from the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning Simian who guarantees a night full of thought provoking laughter with two very different shows for the price of one. After an unhinged heckle on opening night in San Francisco, Monkey Poet resorts to beer. Then the evening takes a strange twist when Dylan Thomas buys him a drink and takes him to a party. Vividly bringing to life Homer, Shelley, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker and other great wordsmiths, Murder Mystery is fast paced and funny as hell. Monkey Poet then morphs into a radical stand up for his second act, dealing with democracy, religion, homo and xenophobias, and the terrifying day Dad took the stabilisers off the bike.

There are two very different treats at the venue on Thursday 30 May with a screening of Hollywood rom com – Its Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin alongside an evening of live music from Fairport Convention who, despite celebrating their forty-fifth anniversary remain one of the most entertaining bands on the folk rock scene. Live music will continue well into the weekend as on Friday 21 May red hot Preston six-piece The Stumble; a band who are all about live rapturous Chicago style rhythm & blues will be in the house and on Saturday 1 June, Lets Hang On; a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ visits the venue.

Saturday 1 June also brings the much anticipated Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club where resident MC Damion Larkin will be on hand to present the very latest comics from the stand up circuit including BBC2’s Mock The Week Regular Alun Cochrane, Canada’s finest export Dana Alexander and Holland’s top comedian Wouter Meis – and easily the funniest thing to come out of Holland since clogs.

With top shows for children as well as adults this half term, Southport’s cultural hub continues to deliver varied and top quality entertainment week after week. More details of any of the shows can be found on The Atkinson website www.theatkinson.co.uk or the venue brochure which is currently being distributed in Southport and surrounding areas.

Posted on 21 May 2013 under General news

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