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Children's theatre brings Hamlet to life in Thirsk

[Friday 16 June 2006]

AN INNOVATIVE Children's Theatre company will be taking centre stage in Thirsk next week as they perform 'Young Hamlet' at the town's Old Courthouse venue.

Childrens Theatre brings Hamlet to life in Thirsk

Based mainly in the North East and Yorkshire, professional theatre company 'CTC Theatre' aims to create a greater awareness of the value of theatre for children and performs plays specifically for young people. The company does tour nationally and received a major boost earlier this year with the announcement of a £32, 000 grant from the Arts Council.

Described as a celebration of Shakespeare for children, the play sees Young Hamlet return as a ghost to tell his tragic story. First, like a detective at a crime scene he takes us backwards through the amazing events. Then he acts out the key moments of his unfolding tragedy in Shakespeare's words.

Jane Redfern, from Rural Arts - the organisation which runs The Old Courthouse venue - says: "The play is specially written for children aged 9 and upwards and is 50 minutes long, suitable for shorter attention spans.

"As well as having a fun night out people will also have the chance to view an exhibition of graphics work by recent graduate Jeni Haque, who is based in Leeds. Refreshments are available and we have full disabled access and facilities".

The performance of 'Young Hamlet' takes place on Friday 23rd June at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced £6 and are available from Rural Arts 01845 526536 or from Thirsk Tourist Information Office.

For more information on Rural Arts and further events being held at The Old Courthouse visit www.ruralarts.org

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