CULTURE FOR KIDS | WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND

 
Timothy Barber
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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, WATERLOO STATION
The acclaimed adaptation of E. Nesbitt’s classic children’s story has returned to the former Eurostar platforms and track at Waterloo Station for another deserved run. Set in the Yorkshire dales, the story of the three Waterbury children entranced by steam trains and helping to prove their wrongly-imprisoned father’s innocence, is told with great flair and fun. Marcus Brigstocke plays station master Mr Perks, while the Stirling Single steam train is the real scene-stealer. Until 4 Sept, Waterloo Station. Tickets from £22 from www.railwaychildrenwaterloo.com

POP-UP FESTIVAL OF STORIES
Former children’s laureate Micheal Rosen is amoung the authors appearing at this weekend’s Pop-up Festival of Stories, which takes place at Coram Fields and the Brunswick Centre. Rastamouse will also be making a showing and Beatrix Potter’s the Tale of Peter Rabbit will be brought to life, while Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler will create drawings and tell stories, among plenty of other activities. Saturday/Sunday, 10am-5.30pm. For tickets and details see http://pop-up.org.uk.

TOAD AT THE SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
This is a new version of Kenneth Grahame’s the Wind in the Willows, staged in the dark depths of the Vault space in the Southwark Playhouse. It’s a rather darker version, for children over the age of eight, where the audience becomes part of the Wild Wood itself. www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk