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Touring arts scheme launched

From storytelling and theatre to salsa dancing and circus capers, a spectacular line-up of shows has been organised to bring theatrical and musical fun to villages in West Oxfordshire.

The Full House touring scheme has been organised by West Oxfordshire District Council in association with the Oxfordshire Community Touring Network to bring quality professional arts performances at affordable prices to rural communities.

The scheme got off to a flying start on Saturday (November 11) with mouth-watering Tales of Lust and Chocolate by the Midnight Storytellers in Great Rollright, followed by the first in a series of
performances of Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company's dazzling production of Jane Buckler's
The Firebird at Alvescot Village Hall, on Tuesday.

The Firebird is an enchanting and exciting story of magic and mystery based on the classic Russian folk tale about poor stable boy Ivan, a captive princess, evil magician, talking wolf and the fabled fantastic bird of flame.
OTTC's next show takes place on Tuesday, November 21, at Leafield Village Hall, followed by Stanton Harcourt Village Hall on Friday, November 24.

The Firebird will also swoop into village and community halls in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Stonesfield, Kingham, Bradwell, Tackley, Cassington and Woodstock between December and February.

In total, there will be 20 Full House events featuring 8 different professional companies and performers in 14 villages across the District as part of the rural touring scheme, which runs until March. Other events include a circus show and salsa party night.

Cllr Tony Walker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: "Full House is provided by West Oxfordshire District Council as part of its commitment to support facilities and activities at the heart of rural communities.
"These events cover a whole spectrum of theatre, music and comedy, and really do offer something for everyone."

A Full House guide, produced by the Council, gives information about each of the shows and is available from Visitor Information Centres, leisure centres and Council reception areas in the District, or by post. To request a copy or to find out more about bookings, call Cultural Services on 01993 861080 or log onto www.westoxon.gov.uk.

Posted : 20/11/2006 15:37:34

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