Pidge’s Big Adventure – an interactive, adventure trail film made specially for those aged 0-3 years!

Saturday 15th May 2021 10:00 - Saturday 31st July 2021 17:00

Doors open: 10:00 am

This story follows Pidge, a young pigeon from Leighton Buzzard who is exploring the countryside for the first time. Along the way, Pidge finds clues, objects and other wildlife which leads him to Owly. Owly is a wise old owl who lives at the Tree of Life at The Lodge Nature Reserve in Sandy (home to the RSPB). The two share experiences, memories and stories about exploring the outdoors, their love for the countryside and the bright, positive outcomes it offers.

‘Pidge’s Big Adventure’ is an interactive, adventure trail film, in which we explore wildlife, especially birds and bugs, found within Greensand Country. This performance uses original handmade rod puppetry and intimate character storytelling. The story will encourage a love and understanding of British wildlife found around Rushmere Country Park, Maulden Woods and RSPB, The Lodge Nature Reserve in Sandy.

Commissioned by Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, this piece is one of three original works created for children, young people and families by local theatre producers, A Children’s Story.

The piece is specifically designed for children aged 0-4 years / Pre-School. This is a free event.

This show will premiere on Saturday 15th May at 10am. To watch this show on Saturday and beyond, please click on the link below – this will take you to A Children’s Story’s YouTube Channel.

We would love your feedback after watching the show and please share with your friends and family too.

Any feedback or questions please contact Community Arts Officer Sally Christopher at sallyc@greensandcountry.com

We hope you enjoy the show!

Cast

Aaron Spendelow – Puppeteer / Voice Artist

Charlotte Read – Puppeteer / Voice Artist

Filmed by

Greta Zabulyte 

Produced by

Aaron Spendelow and Charlotte Read

Aaron Spendelow

Aaron is a theatre maker and performer based locally in Clophill, Bedfordshire, specialising in storytelling, acting, puppeteering and delivering work for families and children. After training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, Aaron worked as a touring performer for 15 years, with credits including ‘Cat In The Hat’ – UK Tour, Storyteller/Puppeteer with Little Angel Theatre and performer for Spread A Smile Children’s Charity. After a successful performance career, Aaron used these experiences to the develop his own unique children’s theatre practice, setting up his own company, A Children’s Story. This company aims to produce new, accessible theatre for families and to produce high quality educational work that engages children in a conversation about important issues in a positive manner. Aaron has also been awarded the prestigious DYCP from Arts Council England in developing work for young audiences and families.

Charlotte Read

Charlotte Read is a Luton based creative, specialising in puppetry, theatre, and visual art. Charlotte trained with 100% Young Producers, a scheme supported by The Culture Trust Luton for 16-25-year-olds to develop their skills in producing theatre. While in the team she wrote her first play, ‘Songs for the Strange’, and co-produced and programmed for various festivals.  Charlotte then went on to study puppetry at Little Angel Theatre in London, going on to create puppetry for ‘Riki Cycle’ as well as for private commissions. In 2019 Charlotte was involved in the ‘People Power Passion’ programme where she was the Trainee Stage Manager for Riot Act, Trainee Carpenter for The Children’s Peace Party, and the Stage Manager for The Children’s Peace Party.  Charlotte also works as a freelance artist and illustrator, regularly making commissioned artwork. She is currently working on a range of gifts with her original artwork and is developing a new children’s puppetry show.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership Historical Volunteers: Daniel Bowles, Mariella Cook, Dorothy Jamieson, Sian Griffiths, Kelvin Horton, Molly Lambourne, Mark Lewis, David McKears, Sheila Meekums, Peter Goff and Sandra Reed.

Special Thanks to: Jon Balaam, Paul Hirst and Erica Pratt at The Greensand Trust, Rob Bell at Forestry England, Peter Bradley at RSPB, The Lodge Nature Reserve, Vivien Cannon at Leighton-Linslade Council, Nigel Carnell and Joanna Hewitt