Tamworth audiences enjoy first of two outdoor theatre events

Tuesday, 21st June 2016

COUPLES and families enjoyed a relaxing, sunny evening in the park watching an entertaining helping of outdoor theatre in Tamworth Castle Grounds last weekend.

The sun made a welcome appearance for the Saturday evening (June 18) performance of The Jungle Book by Tamworth’s own Misnomer Theatre – a spin off from the popular Tamworth Pantomime Company.

Almost 200 people gathered in the park to watch the award-winning adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, complete with Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, man-eating snake Kaa, the ferocious tiger Shere Khan and the 10-year-old boy at the heart of the story, Mowgli.

Misnomer Theatre is an award-winning production company specialising in plays. It was formed in 2011 as a spin off to Tamworth Pantomime Company and prides itself on using local actors in all of its productions. Many cast members are volunteers and have other careers. It has won more than a dozen awards in the All England Drama Festival to date.

This was the first time Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team collaborated with Misnomer Theatre on an outdoor event.

The cast of Jungle Book

The cast of Jungle Book

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “We were pleased with the turnout for this event, especially considering it was the first outdoor show we have put on together with Misnomer Theatre. The weather held off for the performance and the castle and flower beds provided a beautiful back drop for the show.”

Danny, the Champion of the World

Another helping of outdoor theatre will be served up in Tamworth next week in the community location of Dosthill Park.

Roald Dahl classic Danny, the Champion of the World will be brought to life by the award-winning open-air theatre company Illyria at 3pm on Saturday July 2.

The performance follows the successful production of Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Benjamin Bunny last summer which was the first show to be staged in the community setting of Dosthill Park.

As one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Roald Dahl’s work, this is the fifth Dahl title that Illyria has been able to secure the rights to and comes in the 100th year since the famous storyteller was born. As well as celebrating the author’s centenary, Illyria is also entering its 25th anniversary year.

Illyria is very popular with audiences in Tamworth and has performed in the area many times during its 25-year history.

Danny, the Champion of the World tells the story of young Danny who lives with his father in a caravan. When Danny turns nine, he is devastated to discover his father’s secret passion for pheasant poaching on the estate of the nasty, greedy landowner Victor Hazell.

One night, Danny wakes to find his father has not returned from a night of poaching. Fearing he may be in danger, Danny sets off on a rescue mission and soon finds himself masterminding the most incredible and exciting plot ever attempted against Victor Hazell.

Adapted by David Wood, Illyria promises a magnificent, funny and heart-warming story, perfectly suited to the open air.

Tickets for Danny, the Champion of the World, cost £8 and £6 concessions and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

Gates open 45 minutes prior to the performance at 3pm and audience members are invited to take picnics and blankets, but are asked not to take any glass items or gazebos. No alcohol is to be taken on site but a licensed bar will be available.