A strange new space (7+)


A Strange New Space

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

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picture by Paul Blakemore
A surprising little gem.. about the power of a child’s use of escapism

A Strange New Space is a story about how it feels to be removed from the world of the modern world. Using the metaphor or space travel, Tessa Bide's remarkable non-verbal journey will appeal to children of all nationalities and backgrounds.



Friday, January 26, 201819: 00-19: 45Royal Theater, ParadiseClick here to book!
Saturday 27 January11: 00-11: 45Royal Theater, ParadiseClick here to book!
Saturday 27 January15: 00-15: 45Royal Theater, ParadiseClick here to book!

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

You can book your individual tickets online at the  STET Ticket Shop
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 always dreams 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 has been played out on stage, paralleled with the real journey as a refugee. A Strange New Space provides an exciting introduction to theater and triggers conversations about a topic that has never been more relevant than in today's society. This is also about to leave home. The story reflects the experience of having children traveling from one country to another.

From the Press: 
We thought this was a really special and endearing little show which shows the power of a child's use of escapism as a way of dealing with trauma. It also drew adults in, in connecting to the inner childhood. It's a non verbal show but has music, strong visuals and gets you to use your imagination as well. A very special show not to be missed.
The Primary Times - Edinburgh August 2017

Tessa Bide is a young writer, puppeteer and performer from Bristol (UK). She makes theatre productions for family audiences that tell originals stories and encourage dialogue between the generations. A Strange New Space is her third show and the first one without language... It won The Edinburgh Fringe Primary Times Children’s Choice Award in August 2017. We are fortunate that Tessa has accepted STET’s invitation to start the tour in The Hague! After this the tour continues in Britain at various venues. 

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

My unusual and intimate two-hander Arnold's Big Adventure was set in a custom-built tent and a true interactive experience. This show is a goodbye in the summer.

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pictures by Paul Blakemore