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Cheshire Rural Touring Arts bring theatre to communities throughout the county

Action-packed programme from March to July has been announced

Morgan and West in Parlour Tricks, one of the shows to be featured in the new Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme

A new season of touring arts events is to hit Cheshire’s rural venues and libraries this spring.

Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (CRTA) launch their programme on March 3 running until July 26 this year, featuring no fewer than 24 different shows totalling 51 separate events.

The new season will also be the first time CRTA have begun taking professional work into Cheshire’s libraries as part of their See It Live In Libraries scheme launching this year. The three year project will see events in eight libraries across the county added to the programme alongside the usual rural venues.

This spring’s offering sees theatre, music, family shows, physical theatre, literature and even some Victorian magic with artists from both the UK and abroad.

Bardolph's Box is coming to a number of Cheshire West and Chester libraries in March

The season opens on Thursday, March 3 with some family theatre in the shape of Bardolph’s Box at Neston Library. Up The Road Theatre and Unity Theatre’s wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for youngsters will then travel to Little Sutton and Upton Libraries on March 4 and 5 respectively.

Theatre features heavily in the programme with 13 different shows including Box of Tricks and their immersive show Chip Shop Chips in Ellesmere Port, Goostrey and Winsford in early March. The show invites audiences to a fish and chip supper, which is included in the ticket price.

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Other theatrical highlights include Farnham Maltings’ part thriller, part cookery lesson The Iranian Feast, coming to Chester and Mollington in April, and a number of comedies such as Tap Tap Theatre’s swashbuckling Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time.

In May there’s theatre from across the pond as Canada’s Rebecca Perry brings her one-woman show Confessions of a Red Headed Coffeeshop Girl to Fallibroome and Northwich.

Box of Tricks bring Chip Shop Chips to Cheshire venues next month

There’s plenty on offer for families too with M6 Theatre Company’s Tadpoles, Theatr IOLO’s Boxy and Sticky and Blah Blah Blah’s A Tale To Tell all visiting the county.

For music and comedy lovers, there’s the ever-entertaining Bowjangles in four venues and hilarious string quartet Graffiti Classics in three during April. Woody Holler and his orchestra will also be flying in from Canada for one night only in Little Budworth.

For audiences looking for something a little different, Morgan and West can deliver with their hugely successful Victorian magic act that will tour six venues across Cheshire.

Animikii take on the biblical tale of Cain and Abel with Origins, the untold story of the world’s first murder, with a superb piece of physical theatre. The show has been developed with The Lowry, as part of a new partnership between the Cheshire and Lancashire Rural Touring Partnership.

In June, CRTA will team up with Macclesfield Barnaby Festival and Macclesfield Library for the Poetry Takeaway, the world’s first mobile poetry emporium! A team of talented Poet Chefs will write and perform personalised poems for members of the public to takeaway.

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The season comes to a close in July with Worklight Theatre’s Labels, an award-winning play dealing with mixed heritage and immigration. The show will be performed at Fallibroome Academy on June 20 before the final show of the season at Whitby Hall Studio in Ellesmere Port on July 26.

CRTA’s Jen Henry said: “This is a massive season of over 50 events, spanning five months so we’re sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“There’s everything from tadpoles to chips, pirates to magic tricks and some brilliant international work too. We’re delighted to be able to bring such an eclectic programme to Cheshire particularly with our new libraries project launching too. We can’t wait to get started!”

For any enquiries contact Jen Henry by either emailing henrysmith@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or calling 01244 972835. The full season of shows can be found at www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

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