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Imaginate children’s festival unveils 2016 line-up

A scene from Go Get 'em Kid, which will be performed at Imaginate. Photo: Eoin Carey.
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Shows from Scotland will join productions from England and around the world in this year’s Imaginate festival of theatre for young people.
The five Scottish works in the programme include award-winning Catherine Wheels with their adaptation of The Story of the Little Gentlemen for a schools audience and Imaginate commission Go Get ’em Kid from rising dance company Tamsyn Russell Dance.
The Scottish-based festival, which runs from 25 May to 5 June, also includes works from Belgium’s Kopergietery with Broken Dreams, and Australian company Cr8ion with Fluff, among the ten productions from around the world.
Introducing this year’s festival, which is the 27th, incoming director Noel Jordan told The Stage that his biggest concern was maintaining the quality of productions attending the festival.
Jordan said: “There is a lot of good work out there, but really outstanding work? That is the challenge: to go out and seek and find that, both locally and internationally.
“For me, theatre for children is where the most exciting work happens. Where artists really deeply think about what they are engaged in and think about their audience and how they relate to the work.”
This year’s event was largely curated by outgoing director Tony Reekie, who had been in post for 20 years. Jordan added that he hoped to increase the scale of some of the work offered and explore bringing in work from Asia, which has not been represented at the festival before.

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