Wednesday, October 23

Just Imagine – but in a Big Way

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BIG is the operative word in Big Imaginations. It’s all about a big network of arts venues and organisations igniting the imaginations of children and grown-ups through the wonder of theatre.

The festival, which takes place in venues across the north of England, lasts from October 11 to November 4. Tameside is hosting two productions: “The Musical Botanist” at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton, and “Patchwork Wonders” by the Stitch Brothers” at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, commented: “I can’t wait for the Big Imaginations Festival to start and I’m proud that Tameside is one of the 22 organisations which will be hosting shows.

“I’ve never made any secret of my belief in the power of theatre, music and dance to influence and inspire people of all ages. I am sure that our audiences and their family and friends will be excited and impressed by these amazing productions. We hope this will be a transformative experience for all audiences who attend.”

On Sunday, October 27, people going to Portland Basin Museum between noon and 3pm will encounter some extraordinary plants and their caretaker “The Musical Botanist”.

From singing shrubbery to harmonious herbs, each plant plays a different sound. With so many combinations, visitors will be creating their own horticultural orchestra in no time.

Two days later, the Astley Cheetham Gallery will host something very different when the Stich Brothers bring their new performance of “Patchwork Wonders” to Tameside.

It’s a genre-bursting mix of beatboxing, live drawing, animation, jazz, hip hop and South Asian folk music that’s playful, engaging and fun, and perfect for five to eight-year-olds.

For more information call 0161 342 4144 or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/theatre

Booking is essential for the Stitch Brothers at www.ticketsource.co.uk/tameside-mbc

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