A strange new space (7+)

A Strange New Space

A magical story using beautiful hand-made puppets and original music. An unforgettable theatre experience for audiences of 7+, devised, performed and produced by children's theatre specialist Tessa Bide.

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picture by Paul Blakemore

A Strange New Space is a magical story about how it feels to be removed from familiar surroundings and thrown into the realms of the unknown - an experience which will be recognizable to many children in our modern world. Using the metaphor of space travel, Tessa Bide's remarkable non-verbal journey will appeal to children of all nationalities and backgrounds.


Friday 26 January 201819:00-19:45Koninklijke Schouwburg, ParadijsClick here to book!
Saturday 27 January11:00-11:45Koninklijke Schouwburg, ParadijsClick here to book!
Saturday 27 January15:00-15:45Koninklijke Schouwburg, ParadijsClick here to book!

HOW TO GET THERE? (click on the address for directions)
Koninklijke Schouwburg - Het Paradijs
Korte Voorhout 3, 2511 CW The Hague
10 mins walk from The Hague Central Station
Trams from CS 9, 16 & 17
By car: Parking under Toernooiveld

You can book your individual tickets online in the STET Ticketshop
Prices: Adults € 17,50 / Children < 12* € 9,50
* Children have to be accompanied by an adult 
Discounts for group bookings (birthday parties) available - contact STET (info@theenglishtheate.nl)

The performance follows the journey of a girl called Amira. Amira is obsessed with space and has always dreamt of being an astronaut. One day, Amira’s imagination crash-lands into her reality as she is forced to leave her home, so she packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she has been waiting for. The journey into her imagination is played out on stage, paralleled with her real journey as a refugee. A Strange New Space provides an exciting introduction to theatre and triggers conversations about a topic that has never been more relevant than in today's society. To a lot of children this show is also about leaving home, the home they are used to, and being exposed to a new world. The story reflects the experience of expat children travelling from one country to another, being far away from home and having to adjust to new and unfamiliar places.

MORE ABOUT TESSA BIDE in her own words
​Hello! I am Tessa Bide – theatremaker, writer and performer. I am based in Bristol and I’m happiest when I’m on stage…or by the sea.

I make innovative theatre productions for family audiences that tell original stories, aimed at encouraging a dialogue between the generations. My one-woman production, The Tap Dancing Mermaid, has toured since 2013 and has received some rather lovely reviews. The show has now been passed on to Pigtails Productions for them to tour (under my direction) for the next 3 years.

My unusual and intimate two-hander Arnold’s Big Adventure, was set in a custom-build tent and a true interactive experience. This show toured for three successful years from 2014-2016 before a final goodbye in the summer.

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pictures by Paul Blakemore