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The Community Centre has been delighted to bring some excellent children's theatre to Tarvin and was perplexed when tickets for Tadpoles! seemed to be selling so slowly. The company had visited before and the subject of the piece was superheroes, surely a winner? The timing, the same time as the Family Film seemed OK and the prices were at the usual modest level and yet the tickets were just not going. Only in the last few days before the performance was a reason deduced, a particularly nasty bug had raced through the primary school condemning many to the sick list.

Fortunately on Friday (March 11th) an audience of 55 did assemble to see an engaging and amusing play, and watched Captain Clever and Captain Conker learn that by co-operating and working as a team, they could save the tadpoles from destruction, gain the praise from Mission Control and go on to save the world. At times silently enthralled and at other times energetically voicing their encouragement, the young audience showed once again how absorbing and fascinating live theatre can be.

Sue Hardacre, who acts as Promoter for the Community Centre said " Once again, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts has managed to bring a great company to our village. On this tour M6 Theatre have played in major venues in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Derby, Salford.....and Tarvin Community Centre! Their professionalism on the stage is perhaps a given, but their post performance interaction with the young audience was lovely to see and much appreciated"

The play was advertised as suitable for ages 5+ and Sue wonders if this might have suggested to some that it was only suitable for younger children. Sue says " Good children's writing can work on so many levels and will appeal to a wide age range. Tadpoles! certainly enthralled the younger ones but older children appreciated the subtleties of the jokes and the complexities of the plot"

The next play is Bane on April 8th which has a suggested lower age limit of 13 and the next children's play is Boxy and Sticky on June 27th. This one is definitely for the little ones, 3-5. Details of these will be available on the Community Centre website and Facebook page later.

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