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Preview: Tadpoles at Washington Arts Centre

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? No! It’s M6’s Theatre Company’s ‘super’ new show, Tadpoles!

Washington Arts Centre
Saturday 13th February 2016

On Saturday 13thFebruary M6 Theatre Company’s exciting new production Tadpoles, zooms into Arts Centre Washington to delight children aged 5+ and their families, as part of a national tour.

This highly visual and energetic play about rivalry, strengths, and weaknesses centres around two super heroes with a BIG problem – a very disgruntled Mission Control (voiced by Sue Johnston OBE – Downton Abbey, The Royle Family). Captain Clever (Luke Walker) is good at code breaking and problem solving, whilst Captain Conker (Emily Spowage) is super-fast and not scared of anything - except, perhaps spelling… 

A tadpole catching competition challenges the dynamic duo to harness their strengths and overcome their differences. Working as team, will there be enough time for them to save the world…together?

M6's Artistic Director, Gilly Baskeyfield who created the story for children aged 5+, said;  "Tadpoles is an original M6 piece that awakens the inner superhero in all of us, and explores the ways in which working together can make a big difference.  It’s wonderful to see how mesmerised children are when watching the show – especially the excitement around whether the tadpoles the superheroes reveal on stage are real! It has been a real privilege to work with our patron Sue Johnston OBE on this project. Sue has such a long running history with us at M6, having acted in productions during the 1970’s and 1980’s and remained a constant supporter of our company and its work.”

The play is underscored with original music written by Tayo Akinbode and features a superb set by M6’s resident Designer and Production Manager, Joss Matzen. 

M6 Theatre Company, founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for young audiences.

Tadpoles is suitable for audiences aged 5 and over and will be performed at Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 13 February at 11am + 2pm

Tickets cost £6.50 / £22 (family, admits 4) and are available from or by calling 0191 219 3455

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