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Storytelling show takes Riverside Warehouse to another world.

once upon a time

A new storytelling show is touring the country and visiting Riverside Warehouse, 56 Machen Place Place Cardiff CF11 6EQ on 4th March 2014 at 11:30am. Once upon a time tells the story of a young girl called Ameera who visits another world where time stops and has to tell stories to get back home. This exciting new production features a cast of four professional actors, puppets, songs and stories from all over the world. The event will also feature storytelling from local author [author’s name] and all children attending will receive a CD and book to take away.

The performance is based on a new short story by Leicester author Irfan Master and has been adapted for the stage by Booktrust, the national charity that celebrates and encourages stories and reading. The multi-lingual cast means the show is particularly accessible for Urdu, Panjabi, and Bengali and Somali speakers and can be enjoyed by everyone. The show, funded by Arts Council England and Booktrust’s children’s Reading Fund is visiting 10 areas around the country some of the local events are  St Mellons Hub March 3rd 15:45 Cardiff Central Library 5th March 13:00, Canton Library 5th March 9:30 and Mayfield Centre 12th March 10:00.

Lizzie Poulton at Booktrust says

“The show is a brilliant opportunity to bring great theatre and storytelling right into the heart of communities. Our talented cast really bring the story alive for the audience. We know that telling and sharing stories, in any language can really help children with their literacy so not only will it be really enjoyable but we hope it will encourage families to share more stories and read more books with their children.”

Mashmooma Din at South Riverside Community Development Centre says:

“Once Upon a time is a great opportunity for our centre. We are really excited to be able to offer the families of Riverside, Grangetown and Butetown a chance to see professional actors and published authors at the centre and at the central library.

About Booktrust

Booktrust is an independent reading and writing charity that makes a nationwide impact on individuals, families and communities. Booktrust makes a significant positive contribution to the educational outcomes of children from the earliest age. We work to empower people of all ages and abilities by giving them confidence and choices about reading. And we want individuals of all backgrounds to benefit from the wellbeing that a rich and positive engagement in reading and writing can bring. Booktrust is responsible for a number of successful national reading promotions, sponsored book prizes and creative reading projects aimed at encouraging readers to discover and enjoy books. These include the Blue Peter Book Award, the Children’s Laureate, and Bookstart, the national programme that works through locally based organisations to give a free pack of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers.

About The Stories Tour

The Stories Tour is a project managed by Booktrust with funding from Arts Council England. With award-nominated author Irfan Master, professional actors and directors and local authors, Booktrust has produced a show for families with children aged 3-6 which will include elements of Urdu, Panjabi, Somali and Bengali language and stories from those cultures but will also be accessible for a general audience and families with less English. We are working with libraries, prisons and community centres across 10 areas of the country, including Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Middlesbrough, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Bradford, Kirklees and Cardiff. The show will be touring 25th November 2013 to 27th April 2014.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.



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