Reading Fringe launches free stay-at-home eco-adventure!

A free stay-at-home adventure is heading your way just in time for half-term, courtesy of the award-winning Reading Fringe Festival!

After reaching over 13,000 households this summer with their first online festival, Reading Fringe is back with Pip & Pearl: Planet Protectors, an exciting interactive experience perfect for children aged five and up (and their grown-ups!). Join us from wherever you are and become part of a global team of young planet protectors.

Part-theatre, part-film, part-escape room, Pip & Pearl is written and directed by Helen Eastman, whose credits include Bicycle Boy and In The Night Garden Live nationally, as well as Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas and The Nutcracker at Reading Rep. It was created in partnership with Reading’s own highly acclaimed Time Trap Escape Rooms. The adventure is captioned and is accompanied by a downloadable activity pack.

Doctors star Miles Yekinni – fresh from West End roles in The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and War Horse and last seen in Reading playing the title role of Ben Hur at The Hexagon – plays Pip. He is joined by Rebecca Scott, best known for playing the lead role of Elizabeth 1 in the award-winning miniseries Queens, as Pearl. Music is by Alex Silverman whose compositions have featured in seven Shakespeare’s Globe plays, The Now Show and numerous theatre productions.

Reading Fringe producer Steph Weller said: “After our most accessible and far-reaching festival yet in July we are thrilled to be back with this special commission and especially pleased that families can enjoy it for free, direct to their homes!”

Pip and Pearl: Planet Protectors is a Reading Fringe Festival commission, only possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.