The national awards celebrate the country’s best organisers of family activities – those who ‘go above and beyond to entertain, education, and inspire children’.
Over the past year the theatre has delighted audiences, young and old, with popular shows such as Dear Zoo, Horrible Histories, Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding, and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear; as well as fun and educational shows like One Small Step – which told the story of the Space Race, with props made from household items; and Shlomo’s Beatboxing Adventure for Kids – with world record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo. Plus the theatre’s traditional family pantomime, that recently received two nominations in the national Great British Pantomime Awards.
Coming up over the next two months, the theatre has captivating chemistry and bonkers biology in Morgan and West’s Unbelievable Science (Sun 15 March); Jack & the Beanstalk (Mon 6 April) and Puss in Boots (Tues 7 April) starring CBeebies’ star Patrick Lynch; Comedy Club 4 Kids (Fri 10 April); Sooty (Mon 13 April); and Judith Kerr’s classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Fri 17 – Sun 19 April).
The theatre also hosts Backstage Tours and Open Days, giving all generations the chance to see behind the scenes and take part in demonstrations and activities related to the theatre and its shows.
Plus, Playmakers – the creative learning and community engagement work, overseen by Play to the Crowd, the charity also behind the theatre – host Youth Theatre projects at the venue, giving young people the chance to perform or learn the technical side of staging a show; as well as other performance and craft workshops, suitable for all ages; and Young Producers, which gives teenagers and young adults the chance to plan and run events.
Anyone can vote in the awards and the theatre hopes the public will choose them. Each person who votes is entered in to a prize draw to win £250, to spend on family classes and activities in 2020.
To vote, visit hoop.co.uk/2020-hoop-awards/hampshire/
Voting closes on 23 March, with the winners of the awards announced on 30 March. The winners of the prize draw will be contacted by Friday 3 April.
Photo: The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Credit Robert Day