The curtain is up on a magical programme of free outdoor theatre performances to be staged in Tameside parks this summer.
Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows, which are based on four of the world’s best loved children’s stories and will be held every Thursday throughout August.
The entire series, organised by Tameside Council Cultural Services with the support of Greater Manchester Arts and the Association of Greater Manchester Authrories (AGMA), has been branded “smoke-free”.
Building upon last year’s successful smoke-free trial at Hyde Park, the campaign aims to increase the number of healthy, outdoor smoke-free child and family friendly events. The initiative - supported by Tameside’s public health team, social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures and Tameside’s Tobacco Alliance - means smokers are politely asked to not smoke at the performances.
Pendle Productions present their first show on August 4 in Hyde Park (11am) and Mossley Park (2.30pm), where Alice will travel Through the Looking Glass in this mesmerizing adaptation of CS Lewis’s classic children’s tale.
On August 11, The Medlock Centre, Droylsden(11am) and Dukinfield Park (2.30pm) host a new musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sayer. On August 18, “The Water Babies” Charles Kingley’s fascinating sub aqua fable will be performed in Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge, (11am) and Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw, (2.30pm).
The programme closes on August 25 with a stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. This classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be performed in Victoria Park, Denton, (11am) and King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, (2.30pm).
Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “I’m sure that children - and their parents and carers - will love these performances. What better way to spend a summer’s afternoon than in the park watching a free play based on a much-loved book?”