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Upton and Alsager libraries to welcome children's puppet musical

Monstro Theatre will perform Bookstory on October 18-19

Bookstory comes to Alsager Library on October 18 and Upton Library on October 19
Bookstory comes to Alsager Library on October 18 and Upton Library on October 19

A tiny puppet musical for children and their families is heading to two Cheshire libraries this week.

Bookstory, from Monstro Theatre, will be performed in Alsager Library on Tuesday, October 18 at 4pm, followed by a show at Upton Library on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages five and above, can be booked directly from the libraries by calling either 01270 375 325 for Alsager or 01244 973 700 for Upton.

In Brian’s library the books are all in a muddle.

The romance is sweet talking the DIY manual, the dictionary is editing the whodunnit, and it is all getting too much for hapless librarian Brian.

The only ones who can help him are the squabbling books themselves, but in order to do that they must first face their deadliest enemy.

To save their confused library (and its confused librarian) the books must work together – but how?

Bookstory is a tiny puppet musical with some very big ideas, using songs, puppetry and dynamic performance to tell the story of the story in the digital age.

A talented team of performers use song, puppetry and dynamic performance to bring to vivid life this celebration of books, reading and libraries.

The show has been created by Ben Glasstone with beautiful puppet design from Peter O’Rourke.

Speaking ahead of the shows, Glasstone said: “Rehearsals are now in full swing and it is incredibly exciting to see all the elements of Bookstory coming together. The show has been through so many stages of development, and now it is at last reaching its culminating moment.

“With three hugely experienced and multi-skilled performers, a manic designer/puppetry director and a dynamo of a red-headed Spaniard for a stage manager, we anticipate the fully realised Bookstory to be a really fun, inventive and energetic hour of theatre!”

The shows form part of Cheshire Rural Touring Arts’ (CRTA) autumn season of touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries across the county.

For any enquiries about the show please contact CRTA by either emailing crta@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or calling 01244 972835.

The full CRTA autumn season can be found at www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.



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