St Paul’s Arts Fest for kids

Creative shows and activities ideal for Half Term fun 

Festival runs throughout February and March

A selection of shows and activities for children and families, launching this February. St Paul’s Arts Fest for Kids is a partnership between Full House Theatre and St Paul’s and has been made possible as a result of the funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Little Darling

Children’s theatre show screening

Duration: 50 minutes.

Written for children aged 4+ but suitable for all ages.

Magical Memories of Peter Pan

‘All children, except one, grow up’, and Michael Darling, now 40, has grown up. He’s always wondered about his early memories of flying through the night sky to a far-away island with pirates, a mischievous fairy and lost boys …Was it all a dream? Could it really have happened?

Join the littlest of the Darling children in this digital screening as he tries to make sense of his magical childhood and the memory of the boy who never did grow up, Peter Pan. A whimsical and fun adventure story for small people with big imaginations. Created by leading children’s theatre company Full House Theatre and featuring original music by BAFTA nominated composer Rebecca Applin. Filmed at The Civic, Barnsley in December 2020.


Little Darling: behind the scenes

A bite-sized taster of children’s theatre, with activities.

Duration: approx. 7 minutes each

Written for children aged 4+ but suitable for all ages. Younger children may require some support with some of the suggested activities.

Join Little Darling performer Ben Miles and the creative team for Little Darling for a behind the scenes peek at the show, with activities and lots of interesting insights about set design, puppetry and performance. You will have the opportunity to have a go at shadow play, lip synching and making your own fairy door.

Episode One: Puppetry

You will need: Bits and bobs from around the house, watch the film for ideas and the music for the nursery scene from the show. Download the music from the nursery scene here

Episode Two: Music

Click here to download the music and click here to download the lyrics

Episode Three: Characters

You will need: To make a fairy door, 8 wooden lolly sticks, poster paints, PVA glue, some cardboard, a few small stones, a button and a paintbrush

Click here to download the ‘How to make a fairy door’ PDF

Episode Four: Shadow Play

You will need: 2 sheets of plain A4 paper, A glue stick, a stapler, a black marker pen and a torch. Click here to download the shadow sequence music

Puppetry Masterclass

A workshop to learn the skills of puppetry

Duration: 20 minutes

Suitable for ages 4 – 11 years but some craft activities will require supervision for younger children.

Learn how to bring a puppet to life using everyday objects. Professional puppeteer and puppetry director Suzanne Nixon starred in UK tours of War Horse and The Bear and is a consultant puppeteer at the National Theatre.

You will need: an old newspaper and masking tape



Shadow Puppetry & Play

A short workshop to learn all about shadow puppetry in theatre

Duration: 20 minutes

Suitable for ages 4 – 11 years but some craft activities will require supervision for younger children.

Join actor and children’s theatre maker Ben Miles to learn all about shadow puppetry; how to make your own puppets and shadow theatre to create your own unique show at home.

You will need: Black card, White tissue paper or greaseproof paper, scissors, tape, glue, tomato plant canes/pencils, a large cardboard box.



Poetry in Motion

A poetry and dance workshop

Duration: 40 minutes

Suitable for children aged 4 – 11 years.

Join dance and drama practitioners SJ and Charlotte to take part in a movement and performance workshop based on the theme of The Owl and the Pussycat.



Other shows and activities to take part in this half term

We’ve hand-picked a selection of other shows and activities by some fantastic theatre companies for you to also enjoy during the half term.

Chickenshed Theatre

Peter Pan

Unicorn Theatre

Anansi the Spider re-spun

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales


Cambridge Junction

The Snow Queen

Half Moon Theatre

Winter Warmer Festival

Rolling Down the Road

St Paul’s is an Anglican (Church of England) church in the heart of Cambridge serving local people. We are an inclusive and informal community who are committed to creating a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. Through our services, our community involvement and our pastoral care, we seek to make connections within ourselves, with other people and with God. We hold a biannual Arts Festival with a focus on all the arts – music, drama, art, dance, word with an emphasis on participation through workshops and hospitality. We consider that the arts are an important way of engaging people in understanding and interpreting the purpose of our lives.

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