A Dragon in Tarvin
An excited audience of about 45 youngsters – together with their appropriate adults! – enjoyed a lively and cheerful performance of The Dragon That Hates Poetry at the Community Centre on Friday October 18th. Performance poet Dommy B brought much laughter and some splendid joining in bits to the excited audience. With some lovely visual effects and some inspired ‘instant poetry’ Dommy B held his audience well.
What particularly pleased the youngsters was how willing he was to talk to them, both during the intermission and afterwards. Many members of the audience took the opportunity to purchase his recently published book of poems.
Over a drink with him afterwards – a perk of the promoter! – Dommy, otherwise known as Dominic Berry, said how much he had enjoyed coming to Tarvin. He realized that the audience was rather younger than usual, so adapted his performance by coming down from the stage to engage more directly with the young people. This also had the effect of re-focusing their attention and calming down their excitement. Dominic has taken this piece to the Edinburgh Festival, and has since been touring with it in the North West.
Sue Hardacre said, ‘This was a great piece of children’s theatre and we were delighted that so many people came. Once again, we are indebted to Cheshire Rural Touring Arts for helping us bring such good performers to Tarvin. We also made a modest profit, which was a pleasant bonus’ The Community Centre were especially pleased to welcome to the performance a little girl who had chosen the evening as a birthday treat and brought 14 of her friends along as well!
The next theatrical production is on Friday 1st November at 7.30pm. 6 Impossible Things is a comedy-theatrical-spectacular suitable for all the family and blends magic and science to create an exuberant ride to a topsy-turvey world where nothing is as it seems. Tickets will be £8 for adults and £5 for under 12’s and will be available from the Post Office or from 01829 741962
Somehow things in the Community Centre seem quieter in summer, but there is still the steady use of the two halls every week. It is this regular support that forms the bedrock of the Community Centre’s financial stability and we are delighted that so many organizations and individuals use our facilities. To add to the services on offer we now have free WiFi. Please ask a Committee member for the code if you need to use this while at the Centre.
The Family Film Nights continue to be a success and we plan to continue them throughout the autumn. So if you have young children do keep the last Friday of every month free. There may well be a show in August but we do not have confirmation of a film yet, so do look out for the A-frame in the village, visit our website www.tarvincommunitycentre.org or the new village website www.tarvononline.org
The Committee has been working with the wonderful Cheshire Rural Touring Arts organization to bring a couple of new shows to the village in the autumn. On October 18th out younger residents will be able to hear the very talented story-teller, Dommy B in ‘The Dragon who Hates Poetry’ and on Friday November 1st there will be a weird and wonderful show called ‘6 Impossible Things’ . Even the Committee is not quite sure what will be happening, as the show is being specially commissioned, but the company coming usually do street theatre and this is described as using music, magic and daring. It will be suitable for all ages so please do put these dates in your diary and watch out for further details.
Following our successful Junior Disco last year, we have arranged to repeat the event on November 15th.
Looking further into the future, the Community Centre Committee is working to support and sponsor a traditional Village Fete in July next year. At the moment we have a sub-committee of one, the incredible Jo Richards, who has already persuaded a large number of local organizations to participate. In September we hope that there will be a somewhat larger group formed to help Jo, so that this event, which will be to boost funds of both Community Centre and local organizations, can really develop momentum. So many people have expressed a wish that the Carnival of years gone by can be revived. This is the chance to get involved and make things happen. Go on, you know you want to!!.
Contact Alan Wilkinson on 01829 740868 or Sue Hardacre on 01829 741962 for further details of any Community Centre activities.