Did you hear donkeys braying in Norwich city centre earlier this week? Don’t worry, you’re weren’t imagining things.

Esther and Martha from Redwings Horse Sanctuary joined us outside The Forum to help spread the word about our latest show with All-In Productions – My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap.

They were saved in 2008. At just two-months-old, Esther was the youngest to be rescued. Sadly, she was also the most critical and had to be carried out of the horsebox as she was too weak to walk by herself. Her mother Martha was so emaciated she could not produce enough milk to feed her baby. Both have recovered and are thriving at the charity. You can find out more about their wonderful work here.

There was also a storytelling session by Adam McGee, Library Service Coordinator (Children and Young People), from the Norfolk Library and Information Service and a fairy-themed dance session with our education and outreach coordinator Victoria Taylor.

Adapted and directed by All-In Productions’ Daniel BurgessMy First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap runs at The Garage from Saturday 20 July – Sunday 4 August.

On a cool summer’s night, all havoc is breaking loose in the forest. The fairies are up to no good and they want you to help them. The Fairy King and Queen have fallen out of love. Meanwhile, a group of awful actors are getting ready to put on their play when their lead actor is turned into a donkey. Will all be right by morning or was it just a dream?

Aimed at ages 0-7, the show is performed in an informal setting. It lasts around 50 minutes to an hour depending on how much you play and there’s a relaxed performance at 10.15AM on Monday 22 July, a BSL interpreted performance at 1.15PM Thursday 25 July and an audio-described performance at 3.15PM on Friday 2 August.

Dan said: “It’s a stripped back version of the original play. If your children loved watching the CBeebies Presents stage shows like The Tempest, which is also by Shakespeare, or The Nutcracker they’ll love A Midsummer Night’s Nap.

“It’s important that youngsters’ first impression of the theatre is engaging, exciting and relaxed. There’s no shushing during a My First show. In fact it’s the opposite. The kids – and mums, dads and grandparents too – are part of the story with lots of singing, dancing and dressing up.

“The My First productions are full of all the silliness of children’s shows like Hey Duggee and the join in fun of series like Justin’s House. They can come and go as they like, shout as loud as they want and are basically the fifth member of the cast.

“Nearly 1,200 came to see My First Circus: The Littlest Mermaid earlier this year. We can’t wait to welcome everybody into the enchanted forest.”

My First Play: A Midsummer Night’s Nap was produced with support by Arts Council England and window graphics kindly supported by CiM Signs and Graphics. Click here for more information or call 01603 283382.

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