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Fairy tale circus comes to town

Once upon a time two travelling storytellers arrived in Platt Fields Park

Published on August 15th 2008.


Fairy tale circus comes to town

If you want to end the summer holidays on a high, this could be the child-friendly treat you're looking for. Circus duo Nicole et Martin will bring their magical Tall Tales in the White Tent to Platt Fields Park between Thursday 21 and Monday 25 August and it looks like it's going to be a little bit special.

Nicole et Martin won the Sold-Out Award at Edinburgh Festival in 2006 which is a reassuring indication that you won't find an audience full of sleepy, eyes-glazed children at any of their shows.

Nicole et Martin bring to life classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm using acrobatics, music, puppetry and storytelling techniques. Their shows take place inside a circular white tent surrounded by the traditional travelling caravans that the performers live in when they're on the road. Children are urged to follow the flags and lights to a smaller tent where they can meet Nicole et Martin and sample drinks and gingerbread from a Hansel and Gretel witch's house.

It all sounds very charming (the French names definitely help) and like all good children's shows nowadays, it promises to be equally entertaining for accompanying parents.

Nicole et Martin won the Sold-Out Award at Edinburgh Festival in 2006 which is a reassuring indication that you won't find an audience full of sleepy, eyes-glazed children at any of their shows.

They'll be performing the bedtime staple 'Hansel and Gretel' at 3pm on Thursday 21 August and 3pm on Friday 22 August. The lesser known tale 'The Fisherman and his Wife' will be performed at 7pm on Saturday 23 August and 3pm on Sunday 24 August. The final show will be 'The Musicians of Bremen' at 3pm on Monday 25 August. Each show lasts about 70 minutes and there will be games and activities for those arriving early.

Tickets cost £8 for adults, £4 for children (recommended for five-year-olds and over) Call the box office on 0161 274 0600 to book.

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