The University of Wonder & Imagination

Jessica Harris checks out what’s on offer for children.

This digital show taking place at Birmingham Rep from 1st-5th December will give kids something to look forward to at the end of the current national lockdown – and it promises to be quite special.

Aimed at children aged 7+, it will allow them to effectively direct the performance from their own homes, through interacting with the performers.

In this innovative hour-long piece Cahoots NI will broadcast live over Zoom from a purpose-built set in Belfast, where magic and illusion have no boundaries. Guests will assemble with their fellow University students and, led by the mysterious Professor Bamberg, will embark on a journey where nothing is quite what it seems.

They will interact with lively lecturers, experience themed rooms filled with illusion, and encounter problems and puzzles in an attempt to unlock magical powers and graduate with flying colours.

Dedicated schools performances are also available for classrooms to join in with this online experience. Audience numbers per performance are limited and pre-booking is needed.

Paul Bosco McEneaney, Creator/Director of The University of Wonder and Imagination, and Artistic Director of Cahoots NI, said: “Now, more than ever, we want to capture the sheer joy and wonder that theatre and live performance brings young audiences… We have worked hard to create an experience that would act as a first step to bridge the gap between young people and live theatre that can be enjoyed at home.”

The REP’s Artistic Director, Sean Foley said: “Since closing our physical building in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, The REP has strived to continue its civic purpose within the city. From the Wardrobe team creating scrubs for the NHS, the Catering team providing thousands of meals for children in the city and our Learning team reaching hundreds of school pupils and young people – our talented staff have found new, innovative ways to connect with communities.”

Cahoots NI is a professional Northern Ireland based company producing work for children. The University of Wonder and Imagination is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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Pic – Melissa Gordon