The Opera House will throw open its doors from October 26-31, to offer creative events, messy play, laugh out loud comedy and lots of scary Hallowe’en fun.
This year’s performance highlights include a stage adaptation of Anthony Horowitz‘s bestselling children’s book The Falcon’s Malteser on Wednesday October 29 at 2.30pm.
Follow the hopelessly inept private detective Tim Diamond and his sharp witted brother Nick as they try to find out what’s so special about a box of Maltesers. Festival favourite’s Comedy Club 4 Kids is back for a second year, with the best stand-ups from the UK circuit, delivering live comedy (Sunday 26 Octoberat 3pm). Whilst interactive musical theatre will come in the shape of The Snow Queen on Monday October 27 at 2.30pm. Hans Christian Andersens’ fairy tale translates perfectly into an audience participation musical, with children singing and in some cases performing on stage.
For older children there will be a series of fun workshops: Physical Theatre Workshop (for ages 14 to 18) on Wednesday October 29, 10.30am will explore physicality, inspired by professional dance companies like Frantic Assembly and Motionhouse. If music making is your thing, there’s Music Jam Session workshop (for ages 8 to 14) on Wednesday 29th October at 2pm – participants will sing, dance and learn how to play and instrument! Singers can also enjoy OctoberFest Show Choir on Tuesday October 28 at 2pm, a two-hour workshop to sing Hallowe’en hits in harmony (for ages 14 to 18).
For families there’s outdoor entertainment with the Pumpkin Story Trail on Monday October 27 at 11am– follow the trail of pumpkins throughout the gardens to find clues to missing words! Other spooky events include Horror and Special Effects Make-up Workshop where you can transform yourself into a creepy creature in professional horror make-up (Opera House Dressing rooms 3.30pm). And roll up, roll up (if you dare) for Spooky Roller Rave at The Octagon on 29 Octoberat 7pm… Skate around the Hallowe’en Hall to find food fit for zombies and drinks that are deadly; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Other events not to be missed include Slapstick Stage Combat (Friday October 31 at 10:30am) for ages 11 to 14. Creature Crafts (for ages six to eight) on Thursday October 30 at 1.30am, will teach how to make creature animals out of rubbish. While Objects Telling Stories (Thursday October 30 2pm) will show participants how to turn everyday objects into storytellers, as part of an underwater adventure.
For more information about OctoberFest, pick up a brochure at Buxton Opera House Box Office. To buy tickets visit http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or call 08451272190.