Family circus show heads to Stratford Circus

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 May 2015

Bedtime stories is heading to Stratford

Bedtime stories is heading to Stratford


Dive into the magical world of Bedtime Stories.

An exciting family show combining dance, circus, acrobatics and 3D animation will be taking place at Stratford Circus this month.

One of Britain’s biggest circus companies, Upswing, is encouraging audiences to take time out of their busy lives to explore the importance of family life through the show.

The story revolves around a young girl whose mum starts to tell her a story before bedtime but work pressures take her away.

The youngster plans rescue her mum with the help of her imaginary friend Three, going on an adventurous journey through unknown and magical places.

Director, Vicki Amedume, said: “When I was a child my mum often had to work nights.

“Whilst at work she would record tapes of stories for us to listen to the next night so we could still have our bedtime stories.”

Vicki added that her nephew was also an inspiration behind the show.

She said: “My nephew is nine and I record stories for him, we continue this little family tradition.

“He is growing up fast and very soon, and growing up involves an increasing distance between people, a stretching of boundaries as independence forms.”

Bedtime Stories aims to bring families together and highlight the relationships between carers and children.

Vicki added: “In Bedtime Stories, I want to explore those narratives of connection and attachment.

“The idea is that the audience will watch the show unfold around them in family groups tucked up in bed, being together whilst experiencing an immersive production that touches of risk, loss and the danger of being pulled apart.”

Upswing, which was founded in 2012 by Vicki, aims to tell stories relevant to social issues in our society.

The company also works with leading organisations including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cameron Mackintosh.

Former Labour MP, Oona King, Diversity Executive of Channel 4, is a patron of Upswing.

She said: “Upswing have a superb track record as a company doing pioneering work, both artistically and socially. “They are breaking new ground in the world of Circus with their deep commitment to involve the most marginalized members of society in the development of their work.

The show, which is suitable for people aged five and over, takes place at Stratford Circus between May 28 and 30.

Prices start at £10 and £8 for concessions.

Visit for tickets and more information on the show.

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