LIVERPOOL’S Tmesis Theatre has announced the return of Young Fest, a special weekend of FREE activities for young people and their families at Bluecoat on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2016. Returning for its third year, Young Fest features a range of workshops and performances from companies who specialise in creating unique theatrical experiences for both children and adults. Young Fest runs prior to Physical Fest, Liverpool’s international festival of physical theatre, which returns between Friday 22nd – Saturday 30th May. Children’s theatre company Travelled Companions will premiere their new performance 5 More Minutes, inviting families and children to bring along their bedtime snuglies for a 30 minute interactive performance that promises to make the ordinary act of switching off a bedtime light extraordinary. Liverpool’s specialist puppet theatre company Headstrung Puppets need your help capturing The Beast of Borneo, last seen prowling the Bluecoat grounds. With a little help from its trained handler, you can capture and meet the loveable Beast. You can build your very own beast at workshop ran by Headstrung on Saturday afternoon (3-4pm). On Sunday, The Cryptic Petting Zoo will showcase new and exciting mythical monsters from around the world including the extremely rare Mongolian Death Worm Off the Ground Youth Theatre (OTG) welcome you to their wholly devised physical theatre piece created by their youngest members. OTG invite you to enter into their minds as they attempt to answer the questions that fall out. Finally, St Luke’s Youth Theatre presents Circus Of Orrible; a madcap show filled with carnage and crazy characters. The fun doesn’t stop there: free workshops including Play and Move (for 3-6 year olds) with Tmesis Theatre; Flocking (for 7-11 year olds), a fun theatre & movement workshop by Chris from Foolsize Theatre which explores the world of bird’s and ‘flocking’; and make your own flying puppet bird with VIP Puppets (for 10-16 year olds), ideal for developing your puppet design/making skills. Elinor Randle, Artistic Director at Tmesis, said: “Over Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 of May audiences will be able to watch performances, see street theatre, and take part in family friendly workshops at Bluecoat – I am very pleased that we can offer all this for free.” Please note: to book for any Young Fest performances/workshops call Bluecoat on 0151 702 5324 or visit the website www.thebluecoat.org.uk.