Enchanted Forest

Back by popular demand, the Enchanted Forest creative play installation is ready for you and your children to explore.

The Enchanted Forest leaves us on 5 November to make way for another creative play installation… Deep Sea Adventures will open on Mon 18 November.

Open 10am until 2pm, Monday to Saturday.

Inspired by the ideas of local children, the Enchanted Forest is a magical interactive space with storytelling trees, luminous fairy ponds and musical lily pads. It is designed for a child to play in with their grown-ups and there are elements for crawlers and toddlers right up to children around 10 years old.

The Enchanted Forest was the first in a series of specially commissioned play installations which are part of the FREE activities offered at The Hullabaloo for families to enjoy.

Some children will spend just a few minutes in the forest, others will enjoy playing for longer. You are free to come and go as you please and also enjoy our family friendly cafe area at The Hullabaloo. There is no need to book, but please note that at busy times there may be a short wait. Our family friendly café has hot drinks and light snacks available and is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm and longer when we have performances programmed.

“We came today with three generations and we all loved it. The creative play space is amazing too and totally captivated my 3 year old's imagination.”


The making of the Enchanted Forest

In September 2017, the EPSRC-funded (RCUK Grant No. EP/G037574/1) Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) invested in a series of internally-funded PhD student impact grants, in order to extend the reach of the transdisciplinary digital research being carried out in the centre.  CDT student Roma Patel has created the Enchanted Forest for Theatre Hullabaloo, our first installation specially commissioned for the Gillian Dickinson Creative Play space.

Roma Patel is an experienced Scenographer and Digital Artist who commenced her PhD with the Horizon CDT at the University of Nottingham in Autumn 2013. After completing her doctoral research in the University’s Mixed Reality Lab, Roma commenced the collaboration with Theatre Hullabaloo in 2017, the project started with a workshop with local children who were asked their thoughts and ideas on what an enchanted forest should look and feel like.

Meet the stars

Creative Team

Roma Patel

Designer & Lead Artist

Wayne Walker - Allen

Sound Designer

Joe Marshall

Creative Technologist

Ruth Baker, Jayne Hyman, Rachel Clementine, Aimilia Ioannou

Prop Makers

Carolyn Fairlie & Paul Harman

Voices of the Fairies

Alison Rigby-Roberts

Production Manager

Thank you

Theatre Hullabaloo would like to thank everyone at the University of Nottingham Mixed Reality Lab who has supported this project.