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Summer of Fun on the Way

Press Release: 01/07/2019

 

FREE family theatre is at the heart of Tameside Cultural Services’ events programme for the school summer holidays.

All the shows take place on Thursdays and are suitable for children aged three and over, their parents and carers. There are two performances, at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

In a change to the originally scheduled show, the curtain goes up on August 1 at Victoria Park, Denton, with acclaimed outdoor performers The Fabularium and “The Hare and the Moon” a story from the Siberian tundra telling how the most unlikely creature rescued the sun, and created a new addition to the night sky - the moon.

“There be Monsters”, on August 8, is at Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw. It’s also by The Fabularium and is described as an heroic romp-around.

On August 15, the focus switches to the big top with performances by Circus Sensible who’ll be putting on a show guaranteed to thrill and excite the whole family. The venue is Cedar Park, Queens Road, Ashton.

Next up is “Mr Magnolia” – based on the popular book by Quentin Blake – in Dukinfield Park, and the programme concludes in Hyde Park, on August 29, with the Dr Seuss classic “The Cat in the Hat”.

Running alongside the park theatre performances are Wednesday countryside events.

Let’s Go Native (July 31) is a pow-wow in Hyde Park where children can take part in activities related to Native Americans. Then on August 7, Wild Art, in Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge, offers a chance to get creative with charcoal sticks made on a camp fire.

Away with the Fairies (21 August) at Lymefield Broad Mills, Broadbottom, is an enchanting day in the countryside complete with a wandering sprite of the woods and a troll trail. On August 28, at Park Bridge Heritage Centre, there’s Sounds Natural where you can make your own instruments and become part of the woodland orchestra led by the countryside conductor.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, commented: “I’ve never made any secret of my belief in the power of the arts to inspire and develop children. Our park performances are the perfect way to introduce children to theatre, and our countryside events let them express themselves through music, drawing and other creative media.

“It’s all fun, free and in the outdoors, too. What could be better?”

For more information on Tameside Cultural Services’ summer programme, call 0161 342 4144 or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/culture

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