Fantastic family theatre for half term

WITH captivating storytelling, live music and stunning puppets – plus a chance to get hands on with recycled puppet-making workshops – three family productions will be visiting venues across Dorset this February half term.

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, the Last Baguette present a madcap and touching show following Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow, who embark on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat.

‘The Bird Show’ is a colourful, visual show which gently explores the impact of humans on nature and asks the question, what can we do differently?

Written by award-winning playwright T.A. Woodsmith, expect live music, puppetry and lots of silly bird jokes in this heart-fluttering physical comedy, suitable for ages three upwards.

‘The Bird Show’ will be held at Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, near Charmouth, on Wednesday, February 19 (call 01297 560948 for tickets), as well as in Winfrith on Monday, February 17 and Sixpenny Handley on Tuesday, February 18.

All shows start at 11am and are followed by a recycled puppet-making workshops – places limited, early booking is advised.

Award-winning storyteller Michele O’Brien weaves her magic in her captivating new family show ‘The Ark & Dove’, featuring puppetry and dance.

How far would you go to be free? Would you leave your home? Your country? Your family? Mary’s in the charity shop pricing up donations and, through a treasure of objects, she learns about the adventures of two ships, The Ark and Dove – a gripping story from the year 1633.

Follow the story of Mary Jennings, a servant woman who travels west from the Isle of Wight across the ocean, risking everything, determined to make a better life for herself. Recommended for ages seven upwards.

‘The Ark & Dove’ tours to Morden on Monday, February 17, and Sandford Orcas on Saturday, February 22, where BSL interpretation is also available.

Finally, the much-loved Angel Heart Theatre returns with their delightful show, ‘Mazymeg & The Honeybees’.

Albert lives alone with his beloved honeybees on Dartmoor, a mysterious land where nothing is as it seems. One day a stranger appears and steals Albert’s bees and it’s as though the light has gone from Albert’s world.

But a second visitor comes to his cottage – a little Pisky, called Mazymeg. She promises to find his bees, for she knows who the stranger is Dark Dewer, the wicked wizard.

Weaving threads of Devon folklore, an original soundtrack by Dartmoor musicians and shape-shifting puppetry this is Angel Heart’s most enchanting show yet.

Meet Mazymeg in Milborne St Andrew on Wednesday, February 19, in Yetminster on Thursday, February 20 and in Portesham on Friday, February 21.

All shows are being brought to Dorset by Artsreach, the county’s touring arts company. To find out more and book tickets visit www.artsreach.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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