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Doorstep Theatre Festival brings children arts programme to libraries

Four Suffolk Libraries will be hosting free performances as part of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Doorstep Theatre festival.

The festival is a children’s arts programme organised by the Theatre Royal and involves free performances by Half Moon Theatre and Yolanda Mercy.

Half Moon Theatre will be performing ‘Party’ at Newmarket, Bury, Ipswich and Stowmarket libraries.

Party is aimed at children aged 7 and under. Afonso wants to go to his best friend’s birthday party, but where is his invitation - has it been lost in the post, or maybe he wasn’t even invited? When it finally arrives, the excitement and nerves become too much to handle. What should he wear? Will they have balloons? Will anyone play with him? And what about the cake?

Heartfelt, provocative, and full of quirky humour, Party features striking, colourful designs and exuberant physicality set to the beats of a glorious Fado-inspired contemporary soundtrack. Let the warmth of a Portuguese summer take you to a place where difference is something to celebrate.

Yolanda Mercy will also be performing another free performance of The Lies You Tell at Newmarket and Bury libraries.

The Lies You Tell is aimed at children and young people aged 10 and over. T has just moved from the city and he’s making a fresh start. He’s not ashamed of his mum, but he’s not sure the other kids will understand. It’s ok not to tell everyone the truth about everything, isn’t it?

This brand-new, joyful, music-filled play encourages young people to speak up, and speak out, around their mental health and well-being following the disruptions of the pandemic.

The full programme is as follows:

Party:

The Lies You Tell:

There is no need to book, just come along and enjoy these free and engaging performances.

Doorstep Theatre Festival