Being a foreigner with young children in Moscow can be tough. Russians love children and there are a lot of activities for young people every day in this big city, but these are not always accessible. The main problem is that almost all of these activities are in Russian! Luckily, there are some great English language options if you look hard enough, such as ‘The Flying Banana Theatre’.
This interestingly named theatre company is a Moscow based English language theatre for children aged two and up. Theatre director Martin Cook brings together a team of British and international actors to create magical performances that leave children wanting more.
The Flying Banana Theatre puts on a wide range of performances, not letting any one idea go stale (perfect for young audiences). Live actors are supplemented with puppetry and music and for a small theatre company, the level of the production is very impressive. Even for adults, the shows can be quite interesting. It is very unlikely you will be bored as you accompany your children.
In addition to the regularly scheduled performances, The Flying Banana Theatre also runs drama workshops and team building activities. These can be a great way to promote a love of drama in your child, or to keep them occupied for a while during school holidays. While they have a semi permanent home at the Jewish cultural Centre, The Flying Banana Theatre also uses a number of other venues. They regularly perform at St Andrews Church and hotel function rooms. Your school or organisation can also book the group to perform or run workshops.
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Photo courtesy of The Flying Banana Theatre.