OUTDOOR summer theatre is back, and its bigger and better than ever. This year, each show will stay in a single park for both morning and afternoon performances, allowing for a much higher production quality.
The series begins in Ryecroft Hall Park, Audenshaw, Friday, August 4, when Gambolling Arena present an adaptation of “James and the Giant Peach” which was initially written for Dahl 100, the events celebrating the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth.
On Wednesday, August 9, Stamford Park hosts Little Blue Monster Theatre’s brilliant “Dogs Don’t Do Ballet” based on the award-winning children's book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. It’s a fabulous feel-good show featuring music, songs, puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog.
Week three brings something a little different to Haughton Green Playing Fields on Thursday, August 17, when Circus Sensible display their unique blend of mayhem and madness to enthral and entertain.
iDOLRiCH Theatre Rotto will be at Dukinfield Park on Tuesday, August 22, with their take on Lewis Carroll’s timeless “Walrus and the Carpenter”. Come and join the hunt as they search for the perfect spot to hold their gourmet seafood picnic.
The 2017 series closes on Thursday, August 31, in Hyde Park, when Fabularium tell their amazing tale “Reynard the Fox”. There’s live music, mask work, puppetry, physical theatre and acrobatics with a medieval twist.
Performances take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm and families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “Great stories, great locations, and all for free. What a great way to spend a couple of hours in the open air with your children during the summer holidays.”
The entire series, organised by Tameside Council Cultural Services with the support of Greater Manchester Arts, has been branded smoke-free, so parents and carers are politely asked to not smoke at any of the performances.
For more information call 0161 342 4144 or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/culture