LYNGO THEATRE

LYNGO is a UK based children’s theatre company with strong Italian connections. Our shows have delighted children and adults for over 15 years with their unique mix of fun and beautiful imagery, working magically together to reveal the vivid poetic realm that is at the heart of our work.

Our trademark features are a singular visual flair, an inventive use of props -beautifully designed and hand-made ‘theatre toys’- and an interactive and genuine approach to play, no matter the age of our audience. 

Lyngo has currently on offer a repertoire of end-on shows for older children (3-10 years) and in-the-round interactive shows for a very young audience (1-5 years)

 “Lyngo knows the score when it comes to producing theatre for the very young. “ The Stage

NEWS

Tom Thumb's review

"Hands dows the best piece of children theatre I have seen to date."

We have just received this brilliant review for Tom Thumb, you can read the whole thing here: https://number9reviews.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-tom-thumb-nuffield-southampton.html?m=1

 

Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020

We are going to relaunch two of our classic shows:

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (ages 2-5) ...a much anticipated relaunch of our in-the-round, early years show! We'll be making it even more wonderful using all the experience we've gained in the past 10 years (including new marketing materials). Touring from September 2019.

Before anything new is made it must be dreamed. From our moon-base in the Sea of Tranquility we get a great view of the Earth and it’s time to make a new one just like we do every night! What shall we put in tomorrow’s world? Snowballs and flamingos of course! So all aboard the sleeper train as it takes us on our dream voyage. We start with putting the stars in the sky and move through history, creating life, discovering fire all over again and finally arriving at the one-world tree where we celebrate the new home that we made all together. This is an amazing romp through the universe where you can get your hands on the stuff of creation!

PUSS IN BOOTS (4+) This show is described as 'utterly captivating' in a review on The Stage magazine and was a great success during our first tour in 2016 receiving many brilliant reviews (go to 'publicity' on the main menu and choose reviews and comments) We are going to revamp it and launch it again in Spring 2020.

Would you trust a talking cat? You never know, he might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story, brought to vivid life on our incredible sloping stage by Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors he’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to put his master at the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail. It’s the cat’s whiskers!

 

 

Heart of Winter

Heart of Winter (ages 3+) is our new Christmas show. We will have the debut at the Watermans theatre in Brentford on the 9th of December. See SHOWS for images and details and check out the promo video here.

(The return of) Tom Thumb

To mark 15 years of activity Lyngo are bringing back their very first show, revamped and specially adapted for a younger audience.

Tom Thumb has been our most successful piece, touring Europe almost continually for the past 10 years and racking up 1000's of performances. In 2018 we'll be touring the UK and Ireland with the definitive version, packed with new magical surprises.

This table-top show is literally performed on and under an incredible kitchen table with trapdoors, growing forests and flying houses to amaze the younger audience and their families with one of the best of the classic fables.

There and back again - an Odyssey

'There and back again - an Odyssey' is our new production for 2017 which ventures into the innovative genre of cinema-theatre, combining live theatrical experience with the thrill of the big screen. Please go to SHOWS to see details and images and watch the promo video here.

We have just started the tour and received these two brilliant reviews already! Here and here!

Pinocchio

'The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio' 

The show has had a great tour in 2016 and we are taking bookings for the whole of 2017. You can watch a promo video here

We took Pinocchio to Singapore last August and these are two lovely reviews: here and here.

Snow Play reviews

Read all the brilliant reviews here: read review here   read review here   read review here  read review here   read review here.

Go to SHOWS for more details and images.

  • TOM THUMB
  • THE FISH'S WISHES
  • WATCH THE BIRDY
  • THE DUSTMAN
  • HANSEL AND GRETEL
  • ROOM IN THE SKY
  • SNOW PLAY
  • KNICK KNACK AND DOO DAD
  • JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
  • PUSS IN BOOTS
  • THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
  • THERE AND BACK AGAIN - AN ODYSSEY
  • HEART OF WINTER
  • CIRCUS MINIMUS
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • EGG AND SPOON

Tom Thumb

AGES 3+, ONE PERFORMER

One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking - there's nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! 

Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they'll never be hungry again.

Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. CBeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show.

Click on the photo to open the gallery.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD AND PUSS IN BOOTS

We are working on the relaunch of our classic shows  that will be touring from  Autumn 2019.

 

 

 

 

MARCH

16th
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
Tom Thumb

MARCH

23rd
Henry Sandon Hall, Worcester
Tom Thumb

MARCH

24th
The Albany, London
Jack and the Beanstalk

MARCH

30th-31st
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Tom Thumb

APRIL

6th
The Courtyard, Hereford
Jack and the Beanstalk

APRIL

7th
The Beggar's Theatre, Millom
Tom Thumb

APRIL

12th
Brentwood Theatre, Essex
Jack and the Beanstalk

APRIL

12th
Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey
Tom Thumb

APRIL

13th
Pontio, Bangor
Jack and the Beanstalk

APRIL

13th
Oxford Playhouse
Egg and Spoon
 
   

APRIL

14th
Civic Theatre Barnsley
Egg and Spoon
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/

APRIL

17th
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Egg and Spoon
www.shermantheatre.co.uk

APRIL

18th
Stafford gatehouse, Stafford
Tom Thumb
www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

APRIL

19th
The Courtyard, Hereford
Egg and Spoon
www.courtyard.org.uk

APRIL

20th
Riverhouse Barn, Wolton-on-Thames
Egg and Spoon
riverhousebarn.co.uk/

APRIL

22nd
The Mill Theatre, Dublin
Egg and Spoon
http://www.milltheatre.ie/

APRIL

23th-24th
The Civic Theatre, Dublin
Egg and Spoon
www.civictheatre.ie/

APRIL

25th
Garter Lane, Waterford
Egg and Spoon
https://garterlane.ie/

APRIL

26th
Source Arts Centre, Thurles
Egg and Spoon
www.thesourceartscentre.ie

APRIL

27th
The Marcket Place, Armagh
Egg and Spoon
https://visitarmagh.com

APRIL

28th
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Egg and Spoon
www.riverbank.ie

MAY

4th
Colchester Ats Centre,
Jack and the Beanstalk
 

MAY

11th
Stratford Circus, London
Jack and the Beanstalk
stratford-circus.com/

MAY

11th
Touchbase Pears, Birmingham
Egg and Spoon
www.touchbasepears.org.uk/

MAY

13th
Redbridge Drama Centre
Jack and the Beanstalk

MAY

15th
Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina
Tom Thumb

MAY

16th
Town Hall, Westport
Tom Thumb

MAY

18th
Strule Arts Centre
Jack and the Beanstalk

MAY

18th
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Egg and Spoon

MAY

19th
Tipperary Exel
Jack and the Beanstalk
 

MAY

22nd
Moat Theatre, Naas
Tom Thumb
moattheatre.ticketsolve.com

MAY

24th-25th
The Civic Theatre, Dublin
Tom Thumb
www.civictheatre.ie/

MAY

26th
Ards Arts Centre
Tom Thumb

MAY

27th
Ards Arts Centre
Jack and the Beanstalk

MAY

28th
The Met, Bury
Jack and the Beanstalk

MAY

29th
Pr. Alex. Auditorium, Yarm
Jack and the Beanstalk

MAY

30th
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Tom Thumb

MAY

27th-29th
LBT Theatre, Huddersfield
Egg and Spoon

MAY

31th
Brentwood Theatre
Tom Thumb
 

JUNE

1st
The Curve, Leicester
Tom Thumb

JUNE

3rd
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

5th
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

6th
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

7th-8th
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

9th
Backstage Theatre, Longford
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

12th
Birr Theatre, Birr
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

14th
The Dock Arts C., Carrick-on-Shannon
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

15th
The Ardhowen, Enniskillen
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

16th
The Burnavon, Cookstown
Jack and the Beanstalk

JUNE

22nd
Northern Stage, Newcastle
There and Back again: an Odyssey
www.northernstage.co.uk/
 

JULY

9th-10th
IYAFestival, Kingston
Tom Thumb

JULY

12th-13th
IYAFestival, Kingston
Jack and the Beanstalk

JULY

20th
Stamford Arts Centre
Egg and Spoon

JULY

23rd
Ropetackle Theatre,
There and Back again: an Odyssey

JULY

24th
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Tom Thumb

JULY

27th
The Witham, Barnard Castle
Jack and the Beanstalk
https://www.thewitham.org.uk/

JULY

29th-30th
The Astor, Deal
Jack and the Beanstalk
theastor.org/TheAstor.dll/Home
   
     
     

MORE DATES SOON FOR

ALL OF 2019!

   
6-11

TOM THUMB

Duration: 45 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 5x5x3m

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 3+ 

THE FISH'S WISHES

Duration: 45 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 5x5x3m

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 3+ 

WATCH THE BIRDY

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 5x5x3m

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 3+ 

THE DUSTMAN

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 4 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 5x5x3m

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 5+ 

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Duration: 60 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 2

Get in 5 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 6x6x3m

Maximum audience: 400

Ages: 4+ 

ROOM IN THE SKY

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 2

Get in 5 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 6x6x3m

Maximum audience: 400

Ages: 4+ 

SNOW PLAY

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 2

Get in 4 hrs, get out 1 hr

Maximum audience: 400

Ages: 3+ 

KNICK KNACK AND DOO DAD

Duration: 60 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 2

Get in 4 hrs, get out 1 hr

Maximum audience: 400

Ages: 3+ 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 3+ 

EGG AND SPOON

Duration: 40 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1 or 2

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 9x9x3m

Maximum audience: 40 children - no set limit on adults

Ages: 1-5 

CIRCUS MINIMUS

Duration: 40 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1 or 2

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 9x9x3m

Maximum audience: 40 children - no set limit on adults

Ages: 2-5  

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Duration: 40 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 2

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Space required: 9x9x3m

Maximum audience: 40 children - no set limit on adults

Ages: 2-5 

PUSS IN BOOTS

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1 hr

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 4+ 

THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

Duration: 1 hr, no interval.

Performers: 1

Get in 4 hrs, get out 1 hr

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: 5+ 

Download full tech. spec. here 

THERE AND BACK AGAIN: AN ODYSSEY

Duration: 1 hr, no interval.

Performers: 1 + live projection

Get in 3 hrs, get out 1.5 hr

Maximum audience: 300

Ages: Adults and children over 6 

 

Download full tech. spec. here 

 

   
  • TOM THUMB
  • THE FISH'S WISHES
  • WATCH THE BIRDY
  • THE DUSTMAN
  • HANSEL AND GRETEL
  • ROOM IN THE SKY
  • SNOW PLAY
  • KNICK KNACK AND DOO DAD
  • JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
  • EGG AND SPOON
  • CIRCUS MINIMUS
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • PUSS IN BOOTS
  • THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
  • THERE AND BACK AGAIN - AN ODYSSEY

Tom Thumb

Lyngo Theatre  presents

TOM THUMB

A show by Marcello Chiarenza 

Adapted by Patrick Lynch 

Music by Carlo Cialdo Capelli

Design assistant Elena Marini

Ages 3+

One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking - there's nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they'll never be hungry again. Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo's magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure! 

 

  • TOM THUMB
  • SNOW PLAY
  • FISH'S WISHES
  • WATCH THE BIRDY
  • THE DUSTMAN
  • HANSEL AND GRETEL
  • ROOM IN THE SKY
  • KNICK KNACK AND DOO DAD
  • EGG AND SPOON
  • CIRCUS MINIMUS
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • PUSS IN BOOTS
  • PINOCCHIO
  • THERE AND BACK AGAIN: AN ODYSSEY
  • JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

REVIEWS

Hands down, Lyngo Theatre’s production of Tom Thumb, at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres, is the best piece of children’s theatre I have seen to date. Aimed at children aged 3+, Tom Thumb is beautifully visual, with use of handmade props and set. Shabby chic, inventive and unique, this production is 'the wooden train set of young theatre', compared to 'the Fisher Price kitchen set styled theatre' I have seen previously.

The story followed the famous poetic tale of Tom Thumb, proving that despite being tiny, he can still save his brothers from the great ogre. The ogre was portrayed using a ram’s skull. Although slightly nightmarish, this created the perfect monster, and, with the the use of a red wash, the creation of shadows heightened the experience, increasing the ogre’s magnitude. The approach to the play was genuine and simultaneously completely original.

The set consisted entirely of an old kitchen table; on it sat a model house with internal lights attached to a rope and carabiner. The table had two draws which were also self-lit. The small, intimate set was lit by a vintage, squirrel cage light bulb, shaded by a symbol. The light was suspended by rope, attached to a window frame which Tom often peeped through to tell parts of the story. The use of props was genius. The creation of birds was done with kite poles attached to origami bird structures. The migration of the bird across the stage was fluid and, with the combination of bird song soundscape, the invention was magic.

The developing seasons was imaginative and executed with flair. Snow was shown through the gentle cascading of feathers from a material bag attached to the lighting rig, which could be tugged by rope to release. This created the paragon effect of a snowy day, with feathers sticking to branches and forming a white blanket on the ground. There is something enchanting about the falling of snow, and Lyngo Theatre captured that essence flawlessly. A rainy day was conjured using an upside-down bottle of water pierced with holes attached to an umbrella. This was compelling and added a charming absurdity.
The story was retold by a one performer, taking on the role of narration, as well as characters, such as Tom Thumb, mother, father, the ogre and the old lady. His used of voice, changing in accent and dialect allowing for the subtle shift of character, without the need for a change of costume.

The soundscape, designed by Carlo Cialdo Capelli, alluring, bringing the fairy tale to life, whilst also creating a slightly eerie undertone. The wandering minor scales and chimes of the glockenspiel created the passing of time. And finally, the addition of the lullaby, sung live, brought warm and sleepy atmosphere to the stage, drawing the performance to an end. This performance provides an enchanting adventure through the forest, perfect for children and parents.

Reviewer - Grace McNicholas
on - 30/3/19

https://number9reviews.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-tom-thumb-nuffield-southampton.html?m=1

 

 

 

Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending Sherman Theatre to see the first performance of Tom Thumb, brought to the stage by Lyngo and starring Patrick Lynch. This story tells a tale of a tiny boy called Tom, who overhears his parent’s plan to take the children to the forest and leave them there because of their poverty stricken life. Tom has other ideas though, and he won’t give up on returning home to be with his parents…

I had no idea what to expect from this performance, but I was pleasantly surprised as it unfolded into a magical fairy-tale via Lynch’s beautiful performance. The stage was set with various contraptions and the props were so cleverly created; I particularly adored the use of pulleys, magnets and magical moments of inspiration. These constructions were imaginative and I felt as though I was watching my own children create and play with the various sensory instruments.

The music and lighting added extra sensory elements, and reinforced the magical intimacy created by Lynch. Lynch performs with a childlike manor, offering a gentle and interactive character to the audience. He is mesmerising as Tom, as well as various other characters, and the costume and props allow him to flit between the different characters in order to tell the story.

Lynch also offers a very calm and soothing environment, drawing us into Tom’s world as the story unfolds. I loved how he interacted with the audience and how relaxed the atmosphere felt. With gorgeously simple yet effective special effects (think water, movement, feathers…) this show is a glorious example of imagination and heart.

I implore you to catch this performance! https://kellyallenwriter.com/review-tom-thumb-at-sherman-theatre/

 

COMMENTS

'We were very lucky to be at the performance of 'Tom Thumb' today at the Riverbank, Newbridge. It was absolute magic, incredible well paced and engaging. Kids loved being part of the whole experience. The play a breath of fresh air and to see the use of natural elements on stage is lovely. We will have so much to talk about at bed time tonight and so much to be grateful for when we remember Tom's story. Thank you, please come back soon!' FB

'Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's performance at the Sherman theatre. The props used (snow and water) were great. Highly recommended people to go see the story of Tom thumb' FB

'Brilliant Tom Thumb show from @LyngoTheatre . Amazing storytelling and awesome props. Children's first theatre experience and they loved it! It was absolutely beautiful.' TW

'Visually stunning, creative, engaging and in Ivy’s words ‘an engineering masterpiece’. @LyngoTheatre ‘s Tom Thumb at @arcstockton is amazing! Do yourself a favour and get yourself tickets for the 2.30pm show! Storytelling at its best!' TW

'My 4yr old and I were completely enchanted by this magical children’s theatre performance of Tom Thumb. A one man show set entirely on/in/around a table. Lovely music, really clever and inventive use of minimal, beautifully designed props. Highly recommended' FB


'(...) Genuinely enchanting children’s theatre. This was an intimate, really magical and inventive performance - it succeeded on every level. TW

 

'Just watched Tom Thumb at Tunbridge Wells. Fantastic production with effecrive staging. Really enjoyed this version of the story. My girls thought it was great fun.' FB

'I went to see Tom Thumb at Darwen Library yesterday performed by Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) and Lyngo Theatre - really excellent performance the grandchildren loved it - I definitly recommend this show if it is on near you take the kids / grandkids - well worth it' FB

'Wonderfully magical adaptation & production of Tom Thumb...my 6yr old son was enthralled and really engaged with the dialogue of Patrick Lynch during the 1hr show which seemed much less...We would most definitely go again...highly recommended by a hard to please 6yr old' FB

'I took my two children to see Tom Thumb at the Lighthouse, Poole. Thank you for giving them a fabulous and magical introduction to the theatre. They were spell bound...I enjoyed it too!' FB

 

‘Loved the use of simple devices to stir the imagination. Patrick Lynch drew you into his world.’

‘Great actor, wonderful storytelling, ingenious props.’

‘I thought the birds were brilliant.’

‘ “exelunt show”, from Abigail, age 7, front row with hie hill shoes...who touched the cows head.’ 

‘Oscar loved the things you have made, Georgia loved the way it was life-like and mysterious, Pete loved the snow-tree, I loved the music and the beautifully put together whole.’

‘What I liked was the way you adapted parts of the story to fit the props (not the other way round). The gadgets were captivating for the children, and the way the sticks for example represented the big forest. It was stimulating for my little sisters because they had to think about it.’ 

 

 

  • PATRICK LYNCH
  • MARCELLO CHIARENZA
  • CARLO CIALDO CAPELLI
  • ELENA MARINI
  • CARLO ROSSI
  • LINKS

PATRICK LYNCH

Writer, actor and artistic director

Patrick Lynch has specialised in children’s theatre since 2003, after a wide-ranging career in theatre, television and film and academia. He studied psychology at Glasgow University and then dramatherapy and worked for many years with special-needs groups. He has worked extensively in Europe in theatre-forms like Commedia dell’Arte and clowning. In the UK he has acted and directed for companies like Oily Cart and been a workshop and project leader for many organisatons. Since 2006 he has been presenting television programmes for the BBC on their channel Cbeebies.

For more details or to send your comments please contact:

PATRICK LYNCH

Artistic director/Manager

patrick@lyngo.co.uk

tel: 07957 134943

 

 

ELENA MARINI

Design/Manager assistant

elena@lyngo.co.uk

tel: 0039 041 721384

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Lyngo Theatre

6 Hilltop Avenue

Cults

Aberdeen 

15AB 9RJ