Interactive theatre show coming to Preston for youngsters

Posted on - 6th October, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, City Centre, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Follow That Fish takes you on a journey downstream
Follow That Fish takes you on a journey downstream

An award-winning theatre show for youngsters is coming to a Preston pub and arts venue.


The Continental is playing host to Follow That Fish! an interactive sensory theatre show for ages two to five.

Parents and little ones join Horse and Bamboo theatre makers for the show as they make their way along a journey downstream and meet a charmingly inquisitive bear.

Including original live music, puppetry and animation the show is expected to quickly sell out.

Ribble Rivers Trust programme manager Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe said: “This project is really exciting for us. We’ve commissioned a fantastic piece of experiential art, which explores and celebrates our rich, river heritage: encouraging people to discover the wonders of nature, and particularly rivers, for themselves.”

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The show is being brought to the city by They Eat Culture in association with Fylde-based Fable Arts.

Creative director at They Eat Culture Ruth Heritage said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Horse & Bamboo, whose work with the Ribble Rivers Trust has close ties to the objectives of our three year Big Lottery funded project, Mobile Home, which is all about encouraging and inspiring the people of Preston to connect with their local outdoor spaces and with each other in new ways.”

Three performances of the show are taking place at the Conti during Thursday 19 October.

Shows are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Executive director for Horse and Bamboo Esther Ferry-Kennington said: “Nurturing the creativity and imaginations of children is fundamental to the work of Horse + Bamboo. We want more parents to bring their young children to the theatre, that’s why we’re working with They Eat Culture’s Mobile Home programme to host some pre-show sensory play sessions at Penwortham Community Centre, linked to the ‘Follow That Fish!’ performances to give families a taste of what to expect. These sessions will be free to attend.”

Tickets are £7 per child and £3 for adults and must be purchased in advance via the Conti bar or online via Skiddle.

Part-funding of the shows comes from the Ribble Rivers Trust and the Heritage Lottery funded Ribble Life Together project.

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