18th Jun 2008 - 1:00pm

The Arts Centre

Forget Disney. Illyria’s production is based on Carlo Collodi’s macabre comic masterpiece for smart grown-ups and brave children.

Geppetto the carpenter carves the puppet Pinocchio from a block of wood. Pinocchio cunningly throws a wild tantrum and gets Geppetto sent to prison for cruelty. Free to do what he likes Pinocchio joins the theatre, squanders his father’s money, is chased by murders and almost hanged. Determined to pursue a life of adventure he abandons Geppetto in poverty, allows the Blue-Haired Fairy to die of grief, and stamps on the meddlesome cricket who tried to give him some good advice. Eventually he ends up in the wonderful Land of Toys where naughty children run riot – but turn into donkeys. All his life Pinocchio has longed to become a real boy, but what sacrifices will he have to make before he turns into an ass instead?

Featuring an actor whose nose really does grow, and a 20-foot shark.

Suitable for everyone over the age of 5 years.

This is an outdoor production – wear warm waterproof clothing and bring a rug to sit on.

Tickets £6.50 all. 1 free with every 10 bought.