Big Imaginations Festival

A festival of brilliant children and family theatre, across the North West.

The Big Imaginations Festival is a two-week celebration of the best in children and family theatre. Feed your families’ imaginations with 9 brilliant shows across 21 venues near to you in the North West including Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

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1pm, Fri 20 Oct
  Wed 25 Oct

Arun Gosh:Early Years Concert   Child of The Divide

Arun Ghosh: Early Years Concert

Award winning clarinettist Arun Ghosh brings his exciting energy and original music to the Big Imaginations Festival.

Originally from Bolton, Arun has performed shows all over the world, from Morocco and China to the USA, Ukraine and Kenya; he developed his Young People's and Family shows during his time as Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Spark Festival and with his 'Jazz for Toddlers' series at London Jazz Festival.


Child of the Divide

‘A wonderful and mature play… with equal appeal to kids and adults, heart and head’ 
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

A story of family, identity and belonging; marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.

Summer 1947 and 16 million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the violent political upheaval young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever.

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Thu 26 Oct
Tales of Birbal    

Tales of Birbal

Travelling story-tellers Mashi and Bhanji earn their keep by recreating en-chanting tales of the great Moghul King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows!

Using humour, puppetry, music and the occasional fake beard, Mashi and Bhanji bring to vivid life these famous tales that have been treasured for generations.

“What a great show. If you are wanting laughter, to go into the imagination and connect with your inner child, then this play has it all! -- Audience Member

Suitable for children aged 6+ and their families


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8pm, Fri 20 Oct

Arun Ghosh Quintet

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh returns to Liverpool with his band, as part of the tour for the launch of new album the Blue Light the Red Light.

Winner of 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Ghosh is a leading light on UK and international jazz scenes, captivating audiences and critics with his passionate and dynamic performance style, eloquent musical expression and a charismatic rock 'n' roll spirit.

Suitable for ages 11+

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