YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a free theatre performance at Tamworth Library to celebrate the end of a summer reading challenge and as part of a Tamworth Borough Council initiative to bring professional productions to community venues across the town.
Almost 70 people, made up of families with young children, enjoyed performances of Space Rebel Princess by Fully Booked Theatre in Tamworth Library on Saturday, September 1. Many of those in attendance had completed this summer’s reading challenge at the library.
The dance theatre show was aimed at children aged between five and nine and told the story of a princess raised for royalty not rocketry, who has rebelled against her strict upbringing to go in search of her long-lost grandfather by blasting into space – with the help of audience members.
Space Rebel Princess mixes retro science fiction with fast-paced physical comedy, featuring dance by esteemed performer, Jennifer Essex, accompanied by award-winning poet Harry Man.
The performance in the library marked the end of Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team’s current season of Touring Theatre, which has brought high quality professional productions to a variety of venues across the town.
All performances have been staged in familiar but unusual community locations in a bid to increase opportunities for people to experience the arts – particularly while the Tamworth Assembly Rooms theatre is closed for expansion and refurbishment.
Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council, said: “This was a wonderful event and a great way of finishing off our Summer Reading Challenge. The team from Fully Booked Theatre are lovely and were great with the children, getting them involved and making them feel special. Some children were picked to be aliens, others rocketeers, and everyone got a chance to dance at the end.
“It was a fun half hour and it was notable that some of the children stayed behind at the end to chat to them and have their photos taken.”
Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “This free show provided a great opportunity for people to take their children to experience some live theatre in a community venue , as well as rewarding those enthusiastic readers who had taken part in the library’s summer reading challenge. It’s great to hear that the event was such a success.”