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Kids in Prague

2016 Prague Fringe Festival

Events on 24 May 2016 by Larissa (2 comments)

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‘Almost’ summer time and the living is easy… so time for an inundation of amazing theatre shows in English! Prague Fringe brings funny, thoughtful and surreal live performances to Mala Strana’s many small theatres. This year they have interesting shows for kids and for teenagers. Surprisingly there are no puppet shows but there are comedians, magicians, mime artists, LOUD poets(!) and classic theatre.

The festival starts Friday 27 May and runs for 9 days finishing on 4 June.

Acts from all over the world come to share their shows especially developed for Prague Fringe and the world-wide Fringe circuit. It’s a great opportunity to see the talent up close, in smaller venues and for reasonable prices compared to the larger festivals such as Edinburgh and Adelaide.
All tickets are 150czk except for kids and students who pay 100czk per show. Or consider buying a Fringe Voucher, you buy five tickets for the price of four and can use them at any show!
Take note that you can purchase your tickets (and fringe voucher) ahead of time via the website or purchase at the door before a show. There is also a ticket booth where you can buy the vouchers or tickets for individual shows at the Fringe Headquarters - Malostranska Beseda (right on Malostranske namesti).
In order to avoid disappointment think about buying your tickets ahead of time OR turn up 15 minutes earlier to buy your tickets on the spot. I can highly recommend attending without children too - there are some brilliant shows that are on much later and may be a little too naughty for the kiddies.
Shows run for 1 hour so it suits short attention spans. It takes some planning but with this guide and the fringe festivals official site pick out a few favourites and see if you can combine them all in the the one evening or over a few nights. So following is a rundown on the ‘kid-friendly’ and ‘teen-friendly’ shows compiled with the help of Prague Fringe organisers.

SHOWS SUITABLE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES AND THE WHOLE FAMILY

VIS A VIS (France)
KAVARNA 3+1
27 May to 30 May, 18:30 – 19:30

31 May, 17:00 – 18:00

Oh no, it’s almost bedtime! Two people, a lot of spirit and a whole world of props. For their first time in Prague, Neil Sinclair and Clémentine Michel, two Gaulier trained clowns, ask the world the inoffensive questions, then politely wait for an answer.
Genre: Children’s Theatre, Physical Theatre, Comedy
Language Level: Little use of language
Further Info: http://www.praguefringe.com/en/programme-2016/vis-a-vis/

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SHOWS SUITABLE FOR ALL KIDS (WITH PARENTAL GUIDANCE)

HATS OFF TO LAUREL AND HARDY (ENGLAND)
DIVADLO KAMPA
27 May to 30 May, 18:30 – 19:30

Stan and Ollie are the best-loved comedy duo of all time. The award-winning Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy takes you through their early lives, rise to stardom, the decline of their movie careers and revival on the stages of Europe. Expect recreated highlights from their movies, with some singing and questionable dancing. This show continues to play to packed houses and standing ovations. Prepare to laugh your socks off before finally having your heart broken.
Genre: Theatre
Language Level: Text based
Further Info: http://www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com

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STRIPE (JAPAN)
DIVADLO INSPIRACE
27 May to 29 May, 19:45-20:45
30 May to 31 May, 18:15-19:15

Returning to Prague for his sixth year, award-winning performer and director Makoto Inoue presents Stripe, a non-verbal dramatic comedy. Is this a jail? Is he the prisoner? This skilful mime artist creates the where, when, what, why, and who.
Genre: Mime
Language Level: Non-verbal
Further Info: http://www.makotino.com/makotino.com/Welcome.html

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THE TRAVELLING SISTERS (AUSTRALIA)
MALOSTRANSKÁ BESEDA
30 May to 31 May, 19:45-20:45
1 June to 4 June, 18:15-19:15

With wild eyes and a wicked flavour of comedy, Australian trio The Travelling Sisters serve up a bevy of tragically charming characters. Ridiculous. Unexpected. ‘What a wonderfully funny, gorgeous, warm, intelligent and downright entertaining show this is! They effortlessly create likeable and hysterical characters the audience not only relate to but actually, fall in love with…’ (Charlie Napier).
Genre: Character comedy
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://thetravellingsisters.com


FOR AGES 10 AND UP

THE INCREDIBLE MAN OF MYSTERY (ENGLAND)
DIVADLO KAMPA
June 2 to June 4, 18:30-19:30

Debonair. Suave. Idiot. The Man in Black - Jody’s most popular character returns to Prague Fringe bringing household items to life in this riotously enchanting hour of physical comedy and clowning.
Genre: Comedy, One-person show, Character comedy
Language Level: Almost no use of language
Further Info: http://www.jodykamali.com

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PARLOUR GAMES (SCOTLAND / ENGLAND / FRANCE / NORWAY)
DIVADLO INSPIRACE
May 28 to May 29, 18:15-19:15
May 30, 18:45-19:45
June 1, 18:15-19:15

1927. A black and stormy night. Four children play a delightfully dark, frightfully funny game. But the violence of a half-forgotten war lurks beyond the torchlight. Will the surrounding shadows unleash the darkness within?
Inspired by gothic novels and silent movies, Parlour Games blends shadow play, acrobatics and an inventive visual style. A dark and playful work of physical theatre from Lecoq-trained Tooth+Nail.
Genre: Physical Theatre
Language Level: Little use of language
Further Info: http://www.toothandnailtheatre.com

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STUART LIGHTBODY’S SLEEPLESS DREAMS (SOUTH AFRICA)
DIVADLO KAMPA
31 May to 2 June, 20:00-21:00

Stuart Lightbody returns to Prague for the forth time. From the Standard Bank Ovation Award winning creators of Illusive and Devilish comes this true story of obsession, a story that starts with an out-of-print book hidden away in a secret library… Stuart turns the cards over and over in his hands, and these sleepless nights lead to one question: With every piece perfectly in place can we share a seamless moment of wonder? ‘You’ll remember what the amazement of discovery and the unexplainable feels like.
Genre: Sleight of hand
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://www.stuartlightbody.com

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THE TELEGRAM (USA)
DIVADLO INSPIRACE
May 27, 18:15-19:15

An unemployed actor meets a friend who will be directing a major movie. The director tells him to go home and wait for a telegram with travel instructions. Following a run at the United Solo Festival in NYC, Ego Actus returns to Prague for the third year with The Telegram by Aldo Nicolaj. Previous Ego Actus shows The Metamorphosis and Kafka’s Belinda were short-listed for the Prague Fringe Inspiration Award. The Telegram is an exploration of the dreams of an unknown artist.
Genre: Theatre, Physical Theatre, One-person show
Language Level: Text based
Further Info: http://www.egoactus.com/telegram.html

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WAR OF THE WORLDS (USA)
DIVADLO NA PRÁDLE
3 June to 4 June, 18:15-19:15

Relive the infamous radio broadcast that terrified the US. On Halloween 1938 Orson Welles produced ‘news bulletins’ of Martians invading Earth. We heard mass destruction, military battles and vast chaos. Millions panicked, believing mankind was doomed. Scena returns for its second year to Prague Fringe to show you an exciting stage version of War of the Worlds. In 2015 Scena’s show was hailed ‘a tour de force….comical, ingenious’ (Fringey Bits). Now, don’t miss this rich and riveting theatre experience.
Genre: Theatre, Physical Theatre, Radio Broadcast
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://www.scenatheatre.org

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FOR AGES 14 YEARS AND UP


DEAR MISTER KAISER (ENGLAND)
DIVADLO INSPIRACE
May 31 to June 4, 16:45-17:45

The incredible true story of a WWI prisoner of war who wrote a letter to Kaiser Wilhelm and was granted compassionate leave, on the condition that he promised to return after two weeks. 2012 Prague Fringe Outstanding Performance Award nominee Matthew Jameson presents a new version of the most uplifting untold story of honour and friendship from The Great War.
Genre: Theatre, Comedy
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://www.hereticalhistorians.co.uk

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ECHOES BY HENRY NAYLOR (ENGLAND)
DIVADLO INSPIRACE
30 May to June 4, 19:45-20:45

Spirit of the Fringe Winner, Edinburgh 2015. With an inventive script and nuanced performances, multi-ward winning Echoes has been one of the sensations of the 2015-16 international fringe season. Fresh from runs in New York, London and Adelaide, the drama tells the tales of two British women, born 175 years apart: a Jihadi bride, and a Victorian pioneer. Both travel to the East to build Empires; both see their ideals drown in seas of blood.
Genre: Theatre
Language Level: Text based
Further info: http://www.praguefringe.com/en/programme-2016/echoes-by-henry-naylor/

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LOUD POETS (SCOTLAND)
DIVADLO KAMPA
3 June to 4 June, 20:00-21:00

This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is poetry for the masses. Loud Poets make their Prague debut with their brand-new show. Come and get LOUD! With an amazing line up of slam winners and a live band, Loud Poets are showing exactly why the spoken word revolution is sweeping the UK.
Genre: Spoken Word
Language Level: Text based
Further Info: http://lpoets.weebly.com

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THE METAMORPHOSIS (USA)
KAVÁRNA 3+1
1 June, 17:00-18:00
2 June to 4 June,  20:00-21:00

‘As I awoke one morning from disturbing dreams, I found myself, in my bed transformed into Franz Kafka.’ A struggling, mediocre writer suddenly becomes a great genius. Should he embrace his new identity or struggle to re-discover his true self. ‘J.B. Alexander is excellent as a transformed yet conflicted everyman. He is wry, intelligent, sincere and engaging’ (Michael Calcott, Fringey Bits). ‘A masterpiece’ (Austin Pendleton). Encore from 2014 Fringe (Inspiration Award nomination).
Genre: Theatre, Spoken Word, Comedy, One-person show, Character comedy, Tragi-comedy
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://www.jaybeealexander.net

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SAJEELA KERSHI: SHALLOW HALAL (ENGLAND)
MALOSTRANSKÁ BESEDA
27 May to 29 May, 19:45-20:45

Agnostic in agony Sajeela’s had enough of Koran-hijacking terrorists, Dawkins-spouting atheists & bully boy social media. Can #hashtags really save humanity or stoke up Armageddon? Struggling to understand this mad world? Keep calm & carry on to this critically acclaimed show.
Genre: Comedy, Storytelling
Language Level: Text based
Further info: http://www.facebook.com/SajeelaKershi

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FOR AGES 16 YEARS AND ABOVE

THE COLLECTOR (ENGLAND)
DIVADLO NA PRÁDLE
1 June to 2 June, 19:45-20:45

A frustrated 999 operator receives a call from a child in distress, while also dealing with a hit and run, a lack of ambulance support and a pervert who continuously rings her on the emergency line. Returning to Prague after their highly successful, multi-award nominated 2015 play Bás - Shallow Death, Schizothemia present a play about the hidden corruption of those in power and three people’s attempts to end it.
Genre: Theatre
Language Level: Text based
Further Info: http://www.schizothemia.co.uk

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ZACH & VIGGO: THUNDERFLOP (USA)
DIVADLO NA PRÁDLE
3 June to 4 June, 19:45-20:45

Fresh from a sold out tour between New York and Los Angeles and an extended run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop returns to Europe! Join Gaulier-graduates Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn as they bring their high energy and low intelligence to Prague. Blending clown and physical comedy, Zach & Viggo take the audience on thrilling, comedic adventure featuring dance, imaginary props and unitards!
Genre: Theatre, Physical Theatre, Comedy, Cabaret, Mime, Character comedy
Language Level: Text based but visual
Further Info: http://zachzucker.com

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WHEN: May 27 to June 4

WHERE: 7 separate venues around Mala Strana, Malostranska Beseda is the home base for the festival where you will find programs and the box office.

COST: 150czk adults, 100czk students; Festival Voucher 600czk for 5 performances - each voucher must be exchanged for a ticket on the door, arrive early to avoid disappointment as a voucher does not guarantee entry to a ‘sold out’ show

ADVANCE PURCHASE: online through http://www.praguefringe.com/en/ at the Fringe Box office at Malostranska Beseda or at the venue before each performance.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.praguefringe.com/en/

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