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The Show 2017-10-19T16:16:53+00:00

About the Show

Durham Book Festival presents a New Writing North production of Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, adapted by Stacey Sampson and directed by Ruth Johnson.

A theatre production with music for children under 7 and their families – touring the North of England, Saturday 23 September to Sunday 29 October 2017

Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo is a small scale touring adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. This production is the final year of a wider project, funded by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, which aims to bring high quality literature and performing arts to those communities which currently have limited access to cultural provision.

Following the success of last year’s Hey, Presto! and 2015’s production of Man on the Moon, Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo will tour to local libraries and community centres across County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland as well as community venues across the Greater North – Manchester, Cumbria, Leeds and Wakefield.

Performance running time: 50 minutes. Suitable for children under 7 and their families

A tall, blue monster © Sara Ogilvie

The Project

Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo is the final production in a series of three, which we have been producing and touring annually from October 2015 – October 2017. Each show has been an adaptation of a contemporary children’s book, which has toured in the main to libraries and community centres across the north.

Funded by the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project aims to provide opportunities for people to experience high quality literature and performing arts in their local communities and to sustain arts activity in those communities. Largely, the show has returned to the same venues over the three years, so local audiences have come to expect them and we have been able to build relationships with venue managers, supporting them to programme more arts activity in their communities.

So besides presenting the show, we have worked with venues to programme further engagement activity in their area.