It's all about serving the musical moment

It's all about serving the musical moment

Way back in 2013 when MishMash Productions just started to poke its frightened head above the parapet I started my R&D with Theatre.

To my eyes the world of children’s theatre is remarkably broad-minded and forward thinking - putting the audience above needless traditions and conventions and developing bespoke work with the needs of children at its heart.

Applying theatre to music has therefore become a kind of snappy way of explaining what we do, how we roll, the cut of our jib, our raison d’etre, but what does that actually mean?

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How children's theatre saved my love of classical music

How children's theatre saved my love of classical music

I’m so pleased you’ve opened this, my first revamped ebulletin!  MishMash Productions is an emerging music driven theatre company changing the way classical music is presented to family and young audiences.

I would like to share a story with you about how children’s theatre changed my life.  It all started one morning on the way to school……

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Best Family Welcome at the Fantastic for Families Awards 2018

Best Family Welcome at the Fantastic for Families Awards 2018

Unfortunately due to the white out last week we were unable to attend the awards ceremony in Leeds but none-the-less are thrilled to announce that MishMash Productions in partnership with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries were awarded the Best Family Welcome Award for our run of Smile in Libraries across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham last October

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Fantastic For Families Awards 2018

I'm so thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row we've been recognised by Fantastic for Families.  This year our wonderful show Smile being shortlisted in TWO categories: Best Family Event and Best Family Welcome

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      Wow, what a wonderful two-weeks.  Photos and trailer to come but in the meantime here are some thoughts from our friends and audiences:  'I think you've done such a wonderful thing with my book. Taking it to a whole new audience, interpreting the story and illustrations in ways I'd never even dreamt about. You are a truly gifted team and I feel incredibly honoured that you worked your magic on one of my stories. Thank you.  Your performance illustrated beautifully that picture books are not only to be read with our eyes; You took something from the page and turned it in to a whole new experience, as comforting and educational as a book but using so many different parts of a child's brain - engaging them with dancing, singing, music, craft, acting and playing. To manage to do all of those things in 45 minutes it amazing! Smile is a truly enriching experience for both children and adults alike.'    Catherine Rayner - Author and Illustrator of Augustus and His Smile .  'Well done to you all. It was a fabulous show this morning in Arnold. Such brilliant musicianship, acting, story telling, stage design, lighting, friendly hello team.... I could go on. Well done Liz for being the driving force and I can't wait to see what happens next On MishMash's journey.'  Heloise Davies, Arts Council England   'Beautiful intuitive direction which seamlessly enhanced the children’s experience of the story. The undersea fishing, the mountain projection and the rainstorm were particularly fantastic. The interactive moments were so skilfully woven into the piece so as not to interrupt or suspend the story but as to bring the children further into the different moments. The performers were delightful and the music was totally mesmerising.  The audience were enthralled and become more and more animated and confident as it went on. It felt as though they were being given permission to be part of the story. All ages were completely held and as we said to Liz, we could see what a variety of ages, and a range of settings which would love this piece and be able to bring their own interpretations to it.   The design was absolutely stunning it completely felt as if the book was coming to life and we were in it.'  Manya Benenson, Nottingham Playhouse   'Just a quick note to say how fabulous I thought this morning's performance was. The pace was judged really well and the youngsters had enough listening time and interaction in equal measure which was done skilfully. The musicianship was excellent and those little ones had quite a musical treat today!'  Lucy Reid, Nottinghamshire Music Hub Manager          

Wow, what a wonderful two-weeks.  Photos and trailer to come but in the meantime here are some thoughts from our friends and audiences:

'I think you've done such a wonderful thing with my book. Taking it to a whole new audience, interpreting the story and illustrations in ways I'd never even dreamt about. You are a truly gifted team and I feel incredibly honoured that you worked your magic on one of my stories. Thank you.

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