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A free family friendly performance will embark on a six date outdoor theatre tour across the Cherwell District this summer.

Family friendly theatre for free.

A free family friendly performance will embark on a six date outdoor theatre tour across the Cherwell District this summer.

To mark their fifteenth year producing theatre with and for young people, Banbury’s Cherwell Theatre Company will present ‘Myth’ a new play by Artistic Director, Tristan Jackson-Pate.

Mr Jackson-Pate said;

“We’re delighted to have received National Lottery funding to deliver this project for our community.”

“In this anniversary year, we wanted to try something different, while continuing build on our reputation for taking theatre into unusual spaces. Open access to the arts is of paramount importance to us, and so we’ve created a free, accessible theatre piece for the community spaces and events Oxfordshire residents value the most”

Young theatre makers from ‘CTC’ came up with the idea of creating a ‘pop up festival’ style performance exploring Greek mythology, presented alongside other local groups, such as Max Rock music school and the Dhol Show, indian drummers.

The production will feature live music, colourful costumes and puppetry, as the company bring to life classic tales from Ancient Greece such as ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘Persephone: Queen of the Underworld’.

Mr Jackson-Pate would also like to encourage other community groups to join the fun.

He said;

“Whether you host a choir, do martial arts or even morris dancing, we’d love to share a stage with you”

Interested parties email the company at .

‘Myth’ continues CTC’s tradition of bringing young people together will professional actors and theatre creatives.

Mr Jackson-Pate added;

“It’s incredibly exciting to have Adrian Banks, Liam Nooney and Jess Lloyd-Jones joining us for the production – all actors originally from Banbury, now with varied and impressive professional credits”

Generous support has also been provided by Cherwell District Council and the Victoria Wood Foundation to ensure over thirty young people with an interest in theatre can take part free of charge.

‘Myth’ performances will take place at from 20-26 August in Banbury Market place, at Bretch Hill Summer Fest, Longford Park, Bodicote, Heyford Park, Upper Heyford and OYAP Trust in Bicester.

A preview performance will also be presented to the early years groups at the Sunshine Centre, Banbury.

To find out more about the project and the company’s work, please visit www.cherwelltheatrecompany.co.uk.

Tour dates:

Summerfest Princess Diana Park, Banbury 20 August 11am (Performance at 1.30pm)

OYAP Trust Cemetery Road, Bicester 23 August 3pm (Performance at 4.30pm)

The Village Green Heyford Park, Upper Heyford 24 August 4pm (Performance at 5.30pm)

Market Place Banbury 25 August (Performance at 1pm)

Longford Park Bodicote, 26 August 3pm (Performance at 4.30pm)

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