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The Curious Rat

04 May–21 Jul 2024

A Little Angel Theatre and Page One Theatre co-production

Written by Chloe Stephens and Miles Mitchell

Aimed at ages 3 - 8 years

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£14.00 Adult £12.00 Child (age 1-17)

All tickets £8 on Thursdays and Fridays at 4.45pm

Running Time:  approx. 1 hour (including 15 minutes meet the puppets opportunity)

If you cannot find an available performance to suit you, you can join our waiting list for sold out performances here.

At Little Angel Studios

Sebbon St, London N1 2EH

Plan your visit

A big adventure for a small city rat 

The Curious Rat tells the story of Lucien, a lonely city rat who watches the pigeons from his home under Waterloo Bridge and wishes he could join them in the sky. One day he spots the most amazing pigeon and takes his first brave steps to follow her into the lights of the big city… 

Come with Lucien as he scampers across the bridge, dodging rain drops. He will meet a set of troublesome traffic lights, take a ride on a busy bus, dance at the carnival and even escape a flock of angry seagulls. On his adventure he will discover that he may not be a bird with wings, but that he has been given his own special things. 

A poignant and poetic tale to inspire children and adults alike. Playfully combining puppetry and animated projection, this story encourages audiences to celebrate the things that make them unique.

At the end of each show there will be an opportunity for everyone to stay in their seats and find out a bit more about the show, meet the puppets, play some games and ask any questions. This is optional and will last an additional 15 minutes.


Age guidance

The Curious Rat is aimed at ages 3-8. Our shows for this age group have storylines that can be followed and enjoyed by 3-4-year olds, but may also use slightly more complex ideas, humour, dialogue or song lyrics that older children will get more out of. There is nothing really scary in these shows but they can be a bit more dramatic than those for the youngest children, including in their use of sound and lighting, and characters may face some perils.

Please note that The Curious Rat is a new production which premieres in May. It is still in development and this page will be updated as we know more about the specifics of the show.

How will we be seated?

This show has standard seating for our studios. There are rows with chairs and soft blocks facing the stage, and some mats on the floor at the front. There will be up to 70 people watching the show (sometimes more if you come when there are school groups).

Can children join in?

This isn’t an interactive show, but we always welcome vocal responses from young audiences, and there are a couple of points in the show where everyone is invited to contribute by making noises or answering the performers. The audience stay in their seats while watching the show, but you can leave and re-enter the auditorium at any time. After the performance there will be an opportunity for everyone to stay in their seats and find out a bit more about the show, meet the puppets, play some games and ask any questions.

Is there anything that might be scary?

There is a scene in an alley where the theatre gets darker and there are some shadows. This is when Lucien meets some other rats, who seem scary at first but are only having fun and making jokes. Later in his journey, some angry seagulls squawk loudly and pop his balloon, causing him to fall into the river. This is a dramatic moment but Lucien discovers that he loves to swim, so it quickly turns into a calm scene showing his happiness in the water.

Should I bring a child under three?

All ages are welcome at our shows and age ranges can only be a rough guide, but please bear in mind that The Curious Rat was not specially designed for under-threes. A show aimed at two-year olds would have some differences – those shows are carefully made to hold their attention for the duration, and not to be unsettling for them.

What can I use to prepare my child or help decide if the show is right for them?

This is a new production which premieres in May. A visual story will be available soon after the show opens.

Family Workshops - The Curious Rat

Family Workshops - The Curious Rat

Aimed at ages 3 - 8 years

Little Angel Studios
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School Bookings

For EYFS, KS1, KS2 / For ages 3-8.

Curriculum links

English:  Adventure/journey stories

Geography:  London

The Educational pack for The Curious Rat will be available shortly.

The Visual story for The Curious Rat will be available shortly.

Tickets for school groups are £7 for each adult and each child (weekdays before 3pm, during Islington term time only). Free adult tickets are available for children who need 1:1 support.

Before requesting a booking, please check dates, times and availability here. Maximum school capacity for this show is 95 people per performance.
Please fill in our school booking enquiry form here.

Download our information for undertaking a risk assessment for school visits here.

Accessible Performances

BSL Interpreted Performance: Sunday 30th June 2024, 1:30pm
Click here to book tickets.

These performances are provided for those who use British Sign Language. The interpreter will be at the front of the stage and lit with a spotlight. They will provide a linguistic and artistic interpretation of the show for people who are D/deaf or for whom BSL is their preferred language.

Relaxed Performance: Sunday 7th July 2024, 3:30pm

No online booking for Relaxed Performances – please call 020 7226 1787

Relaxed Performances are provided for people who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. Find out more here.

The visual story will be available shortly.

What is a visual story? Find out more here.

If you are interested in arranging a weekday Relaxed Performance for a school group, please contact boxoffice@littleangeltheatre.com

Credits

Written by Chloe Stephens and Miles Mitchell

Performed by Ajjaz Awad and Miles Mitchell
Devised by the company

Director – Chloe Stephens
Assistant Director – Juliet Jordan
Puppet Design and Puppetry Direction – Matt Hutchinson
Lighting Design – Aaron Dootson
Set and Costume Design – Helen Coyston
Music and Sound – Luke Thomas
Animations – Oh Studio
Production Video – PJ McEvoy
Access Consultant – Flossie Waite
Develop Your Creative Practice Researcher – Sophie Rivlin

Stage Managed by Victoria Porter

Illustration by Frann Preston-Gannon

With special thanks to Ajjaz Awad for her support and contributions throughout the life of this project.

Many thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support through grants for the arts.

With thanks to the following organisations and individuals for their support with the creation and development of this project:

Arts Council England

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Performances

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

Sold out

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

Sold out
Sold out

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

Sold out

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

These performances are provided for those who use British Sign Language. The interpreter will be at the front of the stage and lit with a spotlight. They will provide a linguistic and artistic interpretation of the show for people who are D/deaf or for whom BSL is their preferred language.

These performances are open to all, but if no-one in your party is specifically looking for BSL interpretation, please consider booking at another time to allow these tickets to go to those who would most benefit.

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed performances are provided for people who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability.

No online booking, please call 020 7226 1787

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Thursdays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here

To book for a school group, please CLICK HERE to complete the school booking enquiry form

This performance is currently only on sale to schools. If you would like to be notified if this performance goes on sale to the public you can join our waiting list here