COLUMN: New library play on the way by Councillor John Knight

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Hundreds of children enjoyed A Boy and a Bear in a Boat a play by Stewart Melton, based on the award winning novel by Dave Shelton which toured Nottinghamshire County Council libraries this summer.

The Pop Up Theatre’s next production is Oddly, a puppet show based on the children’s book written by Joyce Dunbar for ages three to eight years and their families, which will tour five Nottinghamshire libraries from October 26 until November 1.

The project is programmed by The Spark Arts for Children on behalf of the county council, with £82,477 National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund.

Norwich Puppet Theatre’s adaptation visually reimagines the story of Oddly with a magical mix of puppetry, visual tricks, masks and original music.

The story is about a curious boy from the city who sets off in search of three unusual creatures.

Deep in a strange and tranquil forest he discovers the Lostlet, the Strangelet and the Oddlet. Together the new friends find surprising ways to make their hopes, dreams and wishes come true.

We are delighted to be able to bring the skills of Norwich Puppet Theatre into the county as part of a wider repertoire of enrichment events at our libraries which we see as cultural, information and community hubs.

A series of Oddly-inspired puppet making workshops devised by Sue Pyecroft of Dark Horse Puppetry are also taking place at many libraries.

View a full list of library locations and book your tickets at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/popuptheatre