11 Nov
21 Jan
The Snow Queen
Gerda is on the magical quest of a lifetime. Her best friend Kai has disappeared with the mysterious Snow Queen, and if Gerda doesn’t rescue him soon, he’ll be trapped in an endless winter forever.

Come on an unforgettable and thrilling adventure where the strength of friendship is tested to its limits, and nothing is quite what it seems in the fantastical, frosty world of The Snow Queen.

Jude Christian’s ('Hamlet', 'Dick Whittington', National Theatre, 'Jack and The Beanstalk', Lyric Hammersmith) brand new family adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is brought to life with songs, spectacular storytelling and a flurry of mythical magic.
Enter a wintry wonderland of imagination for the whole family at Polka this Christmas.

Ages 6-12
Approx. 1h 20min incl. interval
Relaxed, BSL, Captioned and Audio described performances available.
Sun 21 Jan 2024, 2:30 pm
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18 Nov
14 Jan
The Night Before Christmas
Inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's much-loved poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, we bring Christmas Eve to life in an exciting original production featuring music, skilful puppetry and a generous sprinkling of festive magic.

Amber is six and loves reindeer! It's Christmas Eve but Grandad is feeling tired and Amber's favourite snow-globe gets broken. Then her world is turned topsy turvy by a surprise visitor and Amber begins an adventure she will never forget.

Join Amber on a festive journey like no other - after all, on the night before Christmas, anything can happen.

Ages 2-6
Approx. 50 min
Relaxed and BSL performances available.

Sun 14 Jan 2024, 2:00 pm
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12 Dec
Merton Art Society painting workshop with Rosie Casselden
Join members of the Merton Art Society for a practical workshop with Rosie to learn about glazing with acrylic paints.

Rosie says "I plan on doing a workshop on glazing, a bit of history and a practical session. Learn how glazes can change the whole 'mood' of a painting, or enhance different aspects of a composition. Everyone will, have a colour strip to paint different tinted glazes over to see how for example cadmium yellow changes the depth of a vermillion. We will also paint a pear, step by step and glaze different colours over the base." Rosie will provide all the materials.

Guests are very welcome to attend for a charge of £6 for the first 2 visits and thereafter £8 per visit. No booking is necessary, just turn up and pay on the door. But annual membership is still only £35 per annum plus £2 on the door, so we hope that guests will decide to join after one or two enjoyable meetings. Free parking is available at the church and we take a break for refreshments at half time. Doors open from 7pm.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month from February to December for an interesting and stimulating programme of demos, talks and workshops. Please see our website for the current programme or email artsocietymerton@gmail.com for more information.
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 9:30 pm
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13 Dec
17 Dec
Jack and the Beanstalk
Join us this Christmas as we journey up the Beanstalk with Jack and his friends! Fairyland is normally a happy-go-lucky kingdom, but the Wicked Witch of West Wimbledon and a Terrible Giant are terrorising it with high taxes and scary threats! Can Jack and his friends (many of whom you'll recognise from your favourite fairy tales) defeat them or will Christmas be ruined?

The Lantern Arts Centre has been producing brilliant, family-friendly pantomimes for over 25 years, expect a fantastic tale, loads of toe-tapping tunes and a ton of fun. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Sun 17 Dec 2023, 2:30 pm
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