Big Imaginations Festival

Bringing brilliant theatre for children and families to the North West. Celebrate Big Imaginations Festival with us here at The Atkinson as we host a rich mix of shows with music, dance and stories from all over the world. Take a look at the brochure.

Get into the festival spirit with free Arts and Crafts for all ticket holders before the show!

Check out the trailer of what’s to come!


Handa’s Surprise
Fri 20 October, 11am, 1pm & 2pm
Ages 2 – 6 (schools only)

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!


Tickets available via Box Office only, please call 01704 533 333

Happily Ever After
Wed 25 October, 2.30pm
Ages 5+

Once upon a time, in kingdom on top of the highest mountain in all the land, there lived a grouchy Queen, and her son, the Prince. The Prince was always getting in to trouble for slouching, running, burping, dancing and not behaving very princely at all! Watch the trailer here.


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Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling
Fri 27 October, 12.45pm
Ages 3+

Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember! Watch the trailer here.

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Zombie-rella / Blood-red Hood
Fri 27 October, 3.30pm
Ages 6+

A mysterious vaudeville storyteller with a magical top-hat and coat unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters; which are maybe not as charming as you remember!

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The Big Imaginations Festival is a welcoming festival. We recognise that families come in all shapes and sizes and we strive to make sure that everyone’s visit to the festival will be one to remember.

If you or your party have any specific access requirements, please contact the Box Office on 01704 533 333 or email so that we can provide the best possible experience.

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