Children can be overlooked when it comes to culture – an injustice against which this marvelous institution has been crusading since it opened in 1995. The Ark is all about providing the most excellent elements of professional theatre, music, writing and arts to our youngest, most thirstily imaginative citizens. They do a great job and run a full and varied programme of diverting and educative events throughout the year.
The last time I had the pleasure of looking around here, the theatre space was decorated from floor to ceiling in the most colourful kids’ creations. The room was a tropical garden of verdant felt, blossoming pink cardboard cups, shiny foil pools and bouncing pipe-cleaner creepers. It was a symphony of interesting sound and sensation – a show before anyone even took to the stage. And it’s totally built for littler people too – a Lilliput to a near-6ft grown-up. Check the website for upcoming events, which can be booked online or in person.
Throughout July and August a highlight will be Roll Up! Roll up! – a guided exhibition and circus skills experience that will take over four floors of the venue.