Family Matters: Family fun in Sheffield with the Quangle Wangle

Peter and the Wolf, The Montgomery
Peter and the Wolf, The Montgomery
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“On the top of the Crumpetty Tree, The Quangle Wangle sat, But his face you could not see, On account of his Beaver Hat.”

This is just a taste of the utterly nonsensical fun from the mind of Edward Lear, the writer best known for The Owl and The Pussycat, whose poetry will be brought to life at The Montgomery in Sheffield.

As part of the national Family Arts Festival, The Montgomery has joined up with Griffin Theatre Arts to create a promenade ‘performance workshop adventure’ through the secret corners of the city centre venue on Surrey Street.

Children and adults alike will be whisked away into a wacky, whimsical world of nonsense poetry and songs in this theatrical adventure in a variety of spaces around the theatre — including beneath the stage!

“Family Fun Friday shows are an exciting opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some great theatre, without making for a late night” says Julie Fancher, The Montgomery’s creative and performing arts manager. “The Quangle Wangle gives kids and adults together the chance to experience literature and poetry in a fun and interactive way.”

The Quangle Wangle’s Hat is the first of three events celebrating the Family Arts Festival at The Montgomery.

The Quangle Wangle’s Hat will take place on Friday, October 18, at 4.30pm and is supported by the Church Burgesses Educational Foundation. Tickets are £6. The performance is 90 minutes long and is not suitable for under-fives.

On October 25, Peter and the Wolf will be brought to life by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre. Peter and the Wolf begins at 4.30pm.

For half term fun, drop by from noon to 3pm on Tuesday, October 29 for No Sense Nonsense: A Big Draw Event. The Big Draw is the world’s largest drawing festival and The Montgomery’s event will be themed 
on more of Edward Lear’s nonsense, and facilitated by Sheffield’s Art in the Park.

For more information on all of The Montgomery’s Family Arts Festival events, visit