image for Play item typeThe Chimpanzees of Happy Town ***SOLD OUT*** at The Old Fire Station

Play, Tue 28 Mar 2017

The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

The Chimpanzees of Happy Town


Peter Street,


An educational musical adventure for children 3-7 years old. Music by Paul Rissmann, performed by Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives.

This will be the latest in a series of popular projects which have so much impact on children aged 3-7 years old (Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1) by engaging them with high-quality musical experiences that can inspire and transform their lives, education, and creativity. With each new commission we learn from audiences, teachers, carers and parents how we can improve the offer to ensure that being involved in one of these ground-breaking projects gets better every year. This year we plan to revisit a piece that was commissioned in 2011, but which Paul and the Ensemble feel could engage a new generation of youngsters even more effectively through the provision of brand-new learning resources.

The Chimpanzees of Happytown won Paul a coveted British Academy of Songwriters, Authors and Composers award in 2012. The judges then were impressed by its capacity to involve children of all ages from diverse backgrounds, and to provide a lasting shared experience for children and their grown-ups. Our ambition to rework “Chimps” as an educational piece comes from a desire to use all the learning from children’s responses to our work over the intervening five years to increase its impact with a new generation of young people, including Sheffield schoolchildren from very diverse backgrounds, many of them in schools where there is currently little or no musical provision.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 28 Mar 2017 13:30
Doors open 13:00.


Tickets £3 available from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre (01228 598596) or via the Old Fire Station website (online tickets subject to a booking fee).




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Map reference: NY 400561  Lat: 54.89674 Long: -2.93612

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Carlisle station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality