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Red Shoes and Huge Apologies: Two exciting events visit Northamptonshire this weekend!

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What Became of the Red Shoes?

This coming Friday 21 March, Little Pixie Productions will play at Helmdon Primary School with their magical family show What Became of the Red Shoes?

Granny Flo’s attic is full of old junk…or is it? On a rainy day a curious child, Ruby, explores it - discovering forgotten treasures including an interesting pair of shoes. Her imagination is sparked and she embarks on a magical journey meeting a pirate, some animals and even has a trip into space!

This brilliantly imaginative one woman show uses original music, movement and dance.

The show played at Staverton Village Hall last weekend and was brilliantly received:

"The children were mesmirised - it met our expectations and Rebecca [performer and producer at Little Pixie Productions] is to complemented on her skills - all of them! The parents and grandparents were smiling too!" - Judith Hurst, Promoter at Staverton Village Hall

The show starts at 6pm and is suitable for children aged 3+ and their families. Tickets are available from Helmdon Primary School 01295 768126 or Julie Crouch 01295 760699

For a taster of the show why not watch their trailer.

 

Him With His Foot In His Mouth 2 Stephen Chance Please Credit Pamela Raith Photography

Him With His Foot in His Mouth

Also on Friday 21 March, New Perspective, who run Northants Touring Arts, will present their heart-warming one man show Him With His Foot in His Mouth by acclaimed American author Saul Bellow at Helmdon Reading Room at 7.30pm

Harry Shawmut is a man who often says things he shouldn't. He once made an unkind comment to a lady in passing and now, years later, he has decided to apologise. But saying sorry isn't always that straightforward. Harry uses us, the theatre audience, to help rehearse the most elaborate apology in history, taking us through the contours of his heart-warming and uniquely moving life story.

Him With His Foot in His Mouth will also play at two other Northamptonshire venues that same weekend:

Ecton Village Hall, Wellingborough on Saturday 22 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from 01604 402582 or ampm_ecton@yahoo.co.uk.

Gretton Village Hall, Corby on Sunday 23 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from Andy Butterworth on 01536 770302, Gretton Post Office or can be purchased on the door

Watch the company's teaser trailer for the show here


For more information about both events please visit our What's On Section

tags: Northants Touring Arts NTA New Perspectives Little Pixie Productions

Season's Greetings from Northants Touring Arts

We can't believe it's December already, but here at Northants Touring Arts the festive season is in full swing!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish our promoters and audiences a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and to thank all our promoters for their hardwork over the last twelve months.

We've had ghostly goings on, fantastic fiddlers, wonderful wolves and outstanding opera, not to mention angels that have entertained, terrific trios and juicy jazz. It's all down to our passionate team of volunteer promoters, dedicating their time and energies to ensuring that professional theatre, music and family events come to the heart of village communities all over Northamptonshire.

THANK YOU! We hope you all have a wonderful festive season... see you next year!

We'd love to hear from YOU! Did you see a show supported by NTA in the last twelve months? What did you enjoy about the performance? What does high quality arts performances inyour villagesan communities mean to you? Email us at info@northantstouringarts.co.uk or give us a call on 0115 927 2334. Alternatively you could like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @northantsarts.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sally Anne Tye and Kayleigh Hunt

Northants Touring Arts Team

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The Incredible Dr Guttman comes to Northamptonshire

We're delighted that The Incredible Dr Guttman will be coming to Old Village Hall on Saturday 24 November as part of Northants Touring Arts.

The production is a world premiere and tells the remarkable story of Dr Guttman, a doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hosptial, who staged the first ever games for ex-service men and women on the same day as the 1948 London Olympics.

The Incredible Dr Guttman

The brainchild of Producer Karen Simpson, the show has been praised by audience and critics alike. Karen began working on the project three years ago when living and working in Oxford:

‘When I first started to tell people about my idea for a new play based on Ludwig Guttmann, everyone I met outside of Stoke Mandeville said “ who?”  Even though he lived in Oxford for most of his life it was really hard to get anyone to take the idea seriously but maybe I’m a little bit like Guttmann.  I don’t like to give up on a good idea!’ 

Earlier this year, Karen who is an experienced theatre director and producer was successful in attracting funds from the National Lottery to develop the play with TV and theatre-writer Nicholas McInerny.  Since then they have been working with staff from Stoke Mandeville, ex-patients and people who knew the man to try and capture what made him so special.

Read a review of the show HERE

Take a look at the full selection of production photographs HERE

The Incredible Dr Guttman plays at Old Village Hall, Northamptonshire on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm. For tickets call 07867 778073.

 

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