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Outdoor theatre returns with a right 'stink' in the air
Outdoor theatre is returning to the grounds of a medieval castle in Staffordshire - and is sure to cause something of a stink! Families are being invited to finally get back to the theatre after the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions with a safe and socially distanced show taking place in Tamworth's picturesque Castle Grounds on Sunday, May 30, at 2 pm, thanks to Tamworth Council's Arts and Events team. Theatre lovers of all ages are invited to join Heartbreak Productions for an outdoor stage performance of comedian and author David Walliams' best-seller Mr Stink. The show will take place on the lower lawn of the Castle Grounds near the bandstand, with the stunning Tamworth Castle as the backdrop. This large area has plenty of space to enable families to bring picnic blankets or chairs and settle themselves in their own marked out areas, safely and socially distanced from others for the performance. People can bring their own food and drink or buy refreshments from the onsite facilities. This includes hot and cold drinks and ice cream from Tamworth's Sticky Fingers.
The touching tale of Mr Stink promises to be packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, providing the perfect family entertainment and an ideal pick-me-up after the pandemic. Mr Stink is a character described as a filthy old tramp who is a permanent resident of a particular bench in the park. His overwhelmingly, awful whiff doesn't stop a lonely 12-year-old girl, Chloe Crumb, from making friends with him and his dog, and, when it looks as though they may be run out of town, she knows she has to do something fast and hides them in the garden shed. As Chloe's family is quietly falling apart, Mr Stink unwittingly becomes the source of their redemption after a surprise TV appearance on Question Time. Chloe's curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship.
Adey Ramsel, Theatre, Artistic and Events Manager for Tamworth Arts and Events and Assembly Rooms, said: "It's a popular children's story that we are eager to showcase from our beautiful Castle Grounds. Similar to last summer's outdoor production of 'Alice in Lockdown', we have been working hard to ensure that following the easing of restrictions on outdoor performances, we take the opportunity to secure some entertainment and culture for the people of Tamworth to enjoy. We're really lucky to have our large and picturesque Castle Grounds which enables people to come and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment with their families safely. While times may still be very different at the moment and subject to the Government roadmap dates, we will continue to explore all opportunities for providing safe entertainment and leisure opportunities for our residents as coronavirus restrictions allow."
The lower lawn of Tamworth Castle Grounds
Heartbreak Productions has been touring the UK, bringing unique outdoor theatre experiences to audiences for nearly 30 years, specialising in reframing Shakespeare and classics into modern/alternative settings. Tickets for Mr Stink are priced at £10 for adults and £8 for under 16s and concessions, plus £32 for families. Group bookings are limited to groups of six and must be booked in advance. They can be obtained online or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618.