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Press Release: Get cosy with The Borrowers this Christmas; by Jane Hackett Productions, commissioned by DanceEast

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A DanceEast season would not be complete without something magical for children. This Christmas Ipswich’s Jerwood DanceHouse will welcome a festive exclusive, from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 December.

Commissioned by DanceEast, The Borrowers will capture the imagination of children, families and people of all ages, based on Mary Norton’s much-loved book. It is a ‘see it first at DanceEast’ moment before the production will tour throughout 2018, offering audiences the chance to get swept up in the world beneath the floorboards.

Contemporary dance, physical theatre and animation will bring this story about tiny people to life, taking the theatre on a magical journey of discovery as The Borrowers flee their home, overcome fear and danger, taste freedom and adventure before finally finding a safe place to make a new life. Set within an oversized world of beautiful hand-painted animation, created by artist Betsy Dadd, audiences can join Pod, Homily, their headstrong daughter Arrietty and new friend Spiller for this playful performance by Jane Hackett Productions. It is the perfect festive treat for all the family, suitable for age 5+ years.

Dedicated schools’ shows have been incorporated into The Borrowers’ run, however due to unprecedented demand, more shows have been added to the schedule. This is a great testament to the ongoing, positive relationship DanceEast is maintaining with Suffolk schools, both primary and secondary, across the region and into neighbouring counties. DanceEast continues to bring great dance to the East of England, with sold out shows across the season, and a great variety of outreach and extra-curricular activities.

Audiences can get even closer to this classic tale, exploring story of The Borrowers in a special workshop on Saturday 16 December, through movement, animation and music. No prior experience or special dance clothing is required to get immersed in the magical world of these tiny people who live under the floorboards, perfect for children aged 7 – 11 years.
Staged by kind permission of The Estate of Mary Norton.

Performance details and Box Office information
DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW

Box Office: 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK

Dates: Wednesday 13 December | 1.30pm (sold out)

Thursday 14 December | 10.30am (sold out) & 1.30pm (sold out)

Friday 15 December | 10.30am (sold out), 1.30pm (sold out) & 7.30pm 

Saturday 16 December | 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 17 December | 2.30pm


Ticket prices: from £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket)


Workshop details and Box Office information

DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW

Box Office: 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK 

Dates: Saturday 16 December | 12.00 – 1.30pm            

Ticket prices: £5 child



About DanceEast
DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations. It is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home of dance in the East of England. 

DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. It places artists at the heart of the organisation, presenting high-quality high-profile dance work in the Jerwood DanceHouse and offering artists support, development and stimulation via programmes such as the Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, Professional Development workshops, advanced level classes and the Choreographic Development Fund. DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years, working closely with partners on local, national and international projects.

DanceEast is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, and donations from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. Thanks to Catalyst: Evolve funding, all donations DanceEast receives before 31 August 2019 will be matched by Arts Council England £1 for £1, doubling their value. There has never been a better time to donate, and contribute to the future of great dance at the Jerwood DanceHouse.

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