GUEST COLUMN: ‘Page to stage’ shows coming to local libraries, by Coun John Knight, of Notts County Council

illustrations copyright � Dave Shelton, 2012.
illustrations copyright � Dave Shelton, 2012.

The county council is working with The Spark Arts for Children to present a new play by Stewart Melton based on the award-winning book A Boy and A Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (published by Random House Children’s Publishers UK).

The play has been commissioned by The Spark Arts for Children, and will make its national debut at Mansfield Central Library in July. It will then visit a further 15 libraries during the summer holidays.

The Children’s Pop Up Theatre aims to take stories from the ‘page to the stage’, providing fun and imaginative theatre for young children and their families, while also attracting new audiences to county libraries.

These are the performance dates for the first-ever production delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children’s Pop Up Theatre Project in Nottinghamshire libraries, made possible through £82,477 National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund.

Mansfield Central Library – Saturday, July 25, 11am to midday and 2pm to 3pm. Southwell Library - Thursday July 30, 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Mansfield Woodhouse Library - Friday July 31, 10.30am – 11.30am. Worksop Library - Saturday August 1, 11am – 12pm. Sutton in Ashfield Library - Thursday August 6, 10.30am – 11.30pm. Kirkby in Ashfield Library - Thursday August 6, 3.30pm- 4.30pm.

Featuring live music and movement, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat is a funny, thoughtful and thrilling adventure for everyone five years and older.

Produced by The Spark Arts for Children a charity that offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.

We are looking forward to the debut of a new play based on the popular story A Boy and A Bear in a Boat in Mansfield and what promises to be an action-packed programme of performances across our library network this summer.

To book tickets contact library venues directly or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/popuptheatre

For more information visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/popuptheatre/boybearboat