ANVIL Arts has some great shows coming up during half-term.

The stage adaptation of Zog, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, will be at The Haymarket on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 May.

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet… a duel with Gadabout the Great!

The production features an original folk score performed live by the actors and colourful puppets which come to life on stage.

On Friday, 31 May, kids, tweens, teens and adults alike can enjoy the energetic tribute Black Magic - The Little Mix Show at The Anvil.

Following in the footsteps of the award-winning girl band Little Mix, the show includes lots of added extras including dance competitions, free giveaways and even a meet and greet with the girls after the show.

The show features chart-topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album, plus Black Magic, Power, No More Sad Songs, Wings, Shoutout to My Ex and even a few covers from their time on The X-Factor.

At the beginning of July, Anvil Arts continues to celebrate the 25th birthday of The Anvil when it welcomes groups from across Basingstoke and Deane to share their work in Creative Connections project, led by local musician Neil Valentine.

Anvil Arts regularly works with groups from schools, colleges and residential homes and this performance will use music to look at what connects us to our friends and families, our communities, and to the things we care about most.

Looking ahead, the Philharmonia Orchestra returns to Basingstoke with a groundbreaking project, Virtual Orchestra, from July 1 until August 10 as part of The Anvil’s birthday programme. Sited in Festival Place, the Virtual Orchestra is a free experience for all the family that gives everyone the opportunity to experience a symphony orchestra from the inside.

Walk through the installation showcasing the workings of the Philharmonia as the orchestra performs Holst’s The Planets, conducted by Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Witness each section playing their part. With over 37 screens, journey your way through the installation from violins to percussion, and from Mercury to Neptune.

Alongside, try the award-winning Virtual Reality experience. Put on virtual reality headsets and headphones and be whisked to a performance of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony from inside the orchestra. This is a 360-degree experience: recorded with 3D audio as well as 3D visuals, you hear each and every instrument as you turn to see the Philharmonia Orchestra all around you.

For details of all the shows now on sale, go to or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.