treats keep on coming at town festival

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The Wirksworth Festival moves into its second week with plenty of activities and entertainment to satisfy all ages and interests.

Today (Thursday) sees Puppet State Theatre perform The Man Who Planted Trees, from 5.45pm at Wirksworth Town Hall.

This is a multi-sensory family show, telling the story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, to transform a barren wasteland.

Tickets are £5/£1.50 (under 16s).

Also tonight, at 8pm at the same venue, there is an Australian double bill.

This will be featuring Right Behind You from Australian physical theatre company, Lingua Franca, plus actress and singer Kim Deacon’s one-woman show, based on Henry Lawson’s poems. Tickets are £12/£10.

Tomorrow (Friday) from 8.30pm, Theatre Témoin will perform The Fantasist (pictured).

This hilarious, visually stunning production features amazing life-size puppetry, created in collaboration with War Horse’s Robin Guiver, combined with physical theatre and original music.

Tickets to see The Fantasist, performed by Theatre Temoin, are £12/£10.

On Saturday and Sunday (September 14-15), between 10am-5pm, you can enjoy Wirksworth Festival’s Contemporary Visual Art Focus Weekend.

Over the course of the two days, you can join artists, architects and thinkers to find out more about Wirksworth Festival 2013’s commissioned artists in a special weekend of tours, talks and films.

The Saturday evening programme continues with Reactor Halls E06: Wirksworth Town Hall.

This is an immersive evening headlined by Public Service Broadcasting from 7.30pm.

The venue for this event is to be The Northern Light Cinema.

Looking further ahead, to the final week of the festival, from September 20-22, it’s the Wirksworth Festival’s Up and Coming Weekend.

There will be music, theatre, dance, fashion and film - all in one fun and talent-packed weekend, made and performed by young up and coming artists.

It is to take place at the Town Hall, Wirksworth.

On September 20, at 9pm, you can see Birthday Girl Musica, supported by Gareth Berkley Smith. Tickets for the gig are £7/£5.

On Saturday, September 21, at 10.30am and 1pm, Nosey Nina Returns.

Thisis storytelling theatre for young children with Jenny Richards and Cora Whitney.

Again, the venue is to be Wirksworth Town Hall.

Tickets are £5 per family.

On Saturday, September 21, at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm, you can see The Bare Earth.

This is a cutting edge dance installation by Kitty Graham (includes nudity) at Wirksworth Town Hall.

Tickets are free, on the door. To get in touch with the box office call 01629 824393.

For the full festival programme visit www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk.