Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show, Bing Live!which will be visiting Guildford’s G Live on Saturday 31 August and Friday 1 September as part of a major UK tour.
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…
The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live!is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.
Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!
Bing Live!is produced by Minor Entertainment (In the Night Garden Live) and directed by Will Tuckett, guest principal character artist of the Royal Ballet, whose production of Wind in the Willowswon an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2014.
The show will also bring together a first-class creative team to ensure a quality family entertainment stage show for audiences of all ages. Bing is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by Tahra Zafar. As Head of Costume, Hair and Make-up for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in London, 2012, Tahra managed the production of 23,000 costumes for all four Ceremonies. Her film projects include: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens, X Men-First Class,Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone andThe Fifth Elementand for television:In the Night Garden, Zingzillas and The Adventures of Abney and Teal.
Since its launch on CBeebies, Bing has been a huge ratings hit and it’s the number one top rated pre-school show on BBC iPlayer. Celebrating the joyful, messy, reality of preschool life, Bing finds the big stories in the smallest moments that little ones and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise…whether it’s dropping your ice-cream or losing your favourite toy.
The series has won an International Emmy Award in the Kids’ Pre-School category in 2016, a Writer’s Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination for Best Pre-School Series. The animated series, which saw Mark Rylance make his children’s television debut voicing Flop, is produced by Acamar Films.
Andrew Collier, Creative Director of Minor Entertainment, said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Bing to the stage - we know families throughout the UK love Bingas much as we do, and we can’t wait to see children’s faces light up when they meet him at the theatre for the first time.
Mikael Shields, CEO of Acamar Films and producer of Bing said:“Seeing Bing take a leap from the screen to the stage is hugely exciting for all of us at Acamar. We are thrilled to be working with Minor Entertainment to bring the 'Bing Live' shows to our young audience. Introducing Bing fans to possibly their first experience of theatre is a tremendous creative challenge and Minor has shown imaginative flair, exceptional attention to detail, and their passion for bringing preschool characters to life has been evident throughout our collaboration with them. We can’t wait to watch the reaction from Bingsters to seeing Bing and Flop on stage next year.”
The world’s longest continuous inflatable obstacle course bounces into Surrey this weekend.
Kempton Park Racecourse is the location for the Labyrinth Challenge, an inflatable wonderland for all the family featuring 30 attractions, a mini-course for the younger ones and a giant air-filled assault course for those brave enough to take it on.
Tickets are selling fast for the event which returns after a superb debut last summer when hundreds of people from across the region enjoyed its thrills and spills. This year, all ticket-holders also gain unlimited free entry to The Village, extending the inflatable fun and games beyond the course itself.
Along with the Mini Labyrinth course for children aged 5-9, The Village includes inflatable volleyball, penalty shootout, crazy golf, wipeout stepping stones, Nerf wars, laser tag, a toddler playroom, bouncy castles and lots more.
The Labyrinth course itself is also bigger and better than before, stretching over 1,000ft across 30 obstacles, with participants navigating five different zones before sliding down to complete the course and celebrate with friends and family.
Dan Byrne, Tour Director for The Labyrinth Challenge, said: “We’re ready to celebrate the summer by bringing the Labyrinth Challenge and Inflatable Village to Kempton this weekend.
“While our new look main course provides serious fun and excitement, this year the expanded Village ensures it’s a true family outing with attractions and entertainment to keep kids and adults entertained for the whole day.
“For 2018, all ticket holders get the chance to take on The Labyrinth course as many times as they like during their 60-minute slot, alongside unlimited use of all the inflatables and attractions within The Village.”
The event takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse this Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, from 11am to 5pm.
Tickets for the Labyrinth Challenge are priced £20, while tickets giving access to The Village only are £15, available online at www.thelabyrinthchallenge.com. Tickets for the under-5s cost £5, while a spectator’s ticket is £2.50.
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