Barton upon Humber’s Performance in the Park

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Two productions by Illyria Theatre Company are two of the highlights of the 2010 season of Performance in the Park in Barton upon Humber.

On Sunday, August 22, starting at 2pm, there will be a free performance of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

The play tells the story of James who is sent to live with his aunts who treat him horribly. But one day an old man gives him a bag containing the strongest magic in the world and when James accidentally spills it near the old peach tree the most marvellous things happen.

“David Wood’s adaptation captures all the fun and excitement of Roald Dahl’s superb children’s classic, and includes plenty of opportunities for participation!” said Cllr Paul Vickers who leads Barton’s Tourism Partnership which organises Performance in the Park.  “It is fun for all ages.”

A fortnight later on Sunday, September 5, Illyria return to the area to perform Pride and Prejudice at Thornton Abbey, by kind permission of English Heritage, at the final event of Performance in the Park.

The irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy and bitchy best as they draw you into  a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers where Lizzie Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people – and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?!

“This is the third year that Illyria has performed at Thornton Abbey and the last two performances sold out weeks beforehand so I would advise anyone thinking to going to buy tickets as soon as possible,” said Cllr Vickers.

The performance of Pride and Prejudice, which starts at 6pm, is the only event that is not free and tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for children and can be booked on 01652 660380 or through Illyria’s website www.illyria.uk.com

Performance in the Park begins at Waters’ Edge on July 11 with two performances by the youth steel band, Steel the Rhythm, and continues on July 25 at Baysgarth Park with The Storytellers Theatre Company’s production of Peter Pan and Hoodwink Theatre’s performance, Leap of Faith, on August 8.

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