Five full days of fun for children (aged 12 and under) and their adults!

The Great Big Noise Festival

(with some quiet bits too...)

  • 1 June 2016 - 5 June 2016
  • The Theatre - The Studio - The Great Hall - The Lounge

The doors are thrown open to anybody aged 12 or under this half term as children stage a takeover of the theatre!

There are loads of ways to get involved - from games and crafts to performances and workshops. See below for what we've announced so far and keep checking here for more announcements as they're made! 


IN THE STUDIO

GROUND CONTROL - An interactive mission for 7-12 year olds

Wednesday 1 June: 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm. (duration 1 hour)
Tickets £5
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FLICKER & THE FLYING BOOKS - A theatrical caper for children aged 3-8 and their grown ups
Thursday 2 June: 12.30pm and 2.30pm (duration 1 hour)
Tickets £5
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THE ALLOTMENT - Plunge Bloom present The Allotment & Vegetable Nannies workshop suitable for all but ideal for ages 3 to 8 years.
Friday 3 June: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm (duration 45 minutes)
Tickets £5

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FIRESIDE TALES WITH GRANDAD - Captivating storytelling and exquisite puppets for everyone aged 4 - 104
Saturday 4 June: 11.30am and 2pm (duration 50 minutes)
Tickets £5
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CAKE - The Whalley Range All Stars create a theatrical adventure filled with valour and bravery for everyone aged 4+
Sunday 5 June: 1pm and 2.30pm (duration 30 minutes)
Tickets £5

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IN THE THEATRE

TALL TALES - Storytelling sessions inside the theatre from a very special guest, suitable for all ages.
Fri 3 June: 11am - 11.30am - Maxine Peake
Sat 4 June: 11am - 11.30am - Arthur Bostrom
Sun 5 June: 11.15am - 11.45am - Shobna Gulati 
Tickets £3
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IN THE GREAT HALL

SPACE CADETS ACADEMY - An interactive walkabout experience for 8-11s
Wednesday 1 June 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.00pm
Friday 3 June 10.15am, 11.30pm, 1.00pm
Sunday 5 June 11.15am (duration 1 hour)
Tickets £3
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DANCE PARTY Live bands with a range of music for adults and kids to enjoy and have a boogie to on our dance floor.
DR BUTLER'S HAT STAND MEDICINE BAND: Friday 3 June 2.30pm 
THE FEDS TRIO: Saturday 4 June 1pm 
THE LITTLE SPARROW TRIO: Sunday 5 June 12.15pm
FREE, drop in!

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THE RESTORATION AGENCY For Items Lost But Not Forgotten. Step inside and take a moment to explore the lost objects that rest upon its shelves.
Open every day of the festival
FREE, drop in
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CRAFT WORKSHOPS Happening in the hall every day, suitable for all ages. 

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Join Sarah Morgan and make your own foil bugs and cellophane fish!

FRIDAY: Pop up Plants! Make your garden grow even quicker this Spring with these fun and colourful little pot plants!

SATURDAY: Paper Puppets! Will it be a Grandad, a troll or princess? Choose from a range of materials to create your own paper puppet friend with its very own personality!

SUNDAY: Cupcake mobiles! Collage your own yummy looking artwork to tempt your family and friends!

Also, join Isobel at our craft station FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY for Blast Off!: We'll be making shiny and fun rockets and mobiles as we cut and stick our way to the moon!

FREE, drop in
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TINY TOUR GUIDES Join a very special tour of the theatre, suitable for all ages.
Saturday 4 June 10.30am - 1.30pm
FREE, drop in!
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IN THE LOUNGE

THE SECRET SCRIBBLE GARDEN
Welcome to the Secret Scribble Garden. A sensory, story-telling experience for little creatives. You can read, listen, touch, draw and discover hidden stories in an imaginative safe space for all to enjoy. The space is open to the public and an opportunity for children to create and make this world into anything they wish. This project has been curated by the Royal Exchange Young Creatives. Suitable for all ages. FREE, drop in
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  • Event Information
  • FULL TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

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    Dates: Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 June 2016
    Times: Various but during the day between 10am and 6.30pm
    Age Guidance: Various but generally between the ages 3 - 12
    Event duration: Between 30 and 60 minutes
    How to Book: 0161 833 9833 or using the individual links below


    GROUND CONTROL - An interactive mission for 7-12 year olds
    Wednesday 1 June: 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm. (duration 1 hour)
    MORE INFORMATION   BOOK NOW

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    FLICKER & THE FLYING BOOKS - A theatrical caper for children aged 3-8 and their grown ups
    Thursday 2 June: 12.30pm and 2.30pm (duration 1 hour)
    MORE INFORMATION   BOOK NOW 
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    THE ALLOTMENT - Plunge Bloom present The Allotment & Vegetable Nannies workshop for all children aged 3+
    Friday 3 June: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm (duration 45 minutes)
    MORE INFORMATION  BOOK NOW 
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    FIRESIDE TALES WITH GRANDAD - Captivating storytelling and exquisite puppets for everyone aged 4 - 104
    Saturday 4 June: 11.30am and 2pm (duration 50 minutes)
    MORE INFORMATION
      BOOK NOW
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    CAKE - The Whalley Range All Stars create a theatrical adventure filled with valour and bravery for everyone aged 4+
    Sunday 5 June: 1pm and 2.30pm (duration 30 minutes)
    MORE INFORMATION  BOOK NOW
    Cake1


    SPACE CADETS ACADEMY - An interactive walkabout experience for 8-11s
    Wednesday 1 June 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.00pm
    Friday 3 June 10.15am, 11.30pm, 1.00pm
    Sunday 5 June 11.15am (duration 1 hour)
    Tickets £3
    MORE INFORMATION
     BOOK NOW
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  • Ground Control teaser trailer from non zero one.

    Flicker & The Flying Books film created by the Royal Exchange Young Company



    THE ALLOTMENT by Plunge Bloom

    CAKE by Whalley Range All Stars

  • Here are what some of the GROUND CONTROLLERS had to say after the show at the National Theatre:

    “It’s awesome”

    “It’s really funny and you get to do loads of fun things”

    “Take part because it’s a good thing to do and it will help your mind"

    “Everyone gets a choice in what happens”


    AUDIENCE REVIEWS FOR FIRESIDE TALES WITH GRANDAD

    "Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. Another sold-out performance by Pickled Image, all audience left with a smile asking when Granddad would be back." The Pound in Corsham

    " Fireside Tales with Grandad was charming and engaged our audience young and old throughout with its well placed storytelling." Louise Dancey, Salisbury Playhouse 


    AUDIENCE REVIEWS FOR CAKE

    'Really engaging… So inventive, the children were entranced… Perfect length… Lots for me to build on in the classroom.' Staff from Helmshore Primary School

    'The best show I’ve seen in my whole wide life it was absolutely amazing… The best bit was when the teeth tried to eat the cake… My favourite was the final battle.'
     Children from Helmshore Primary School

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