GUEST COLUMN: Lottery play at library by Councillor John Knight

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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.

The play will make its national debut at Mansfield Central Library on July 25 with two showings from 11am to midday and 2pm to 3pm. It will then visit a further 15 libraries during the summer holidays.

A performance will take place at Eastwood Library on Tuesday July 28, between 10.30am and 11.30pm.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children’s Pop Up Theatre project aims to take stories from the ‘page to the stage’, providing imaginative theatre for young children, while also attracting new audiences to county libraries.

The project was made possible through £82,477 National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund.

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.

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

Director Adel Al-Salloum said: “I believe we will deliver something truly comic and heart warming for the families of Nottinghamshire.”

We are looking forward to the debut of the new play and what promises to be an action-packed programme across our library network this summer.

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