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Unmasking a season to engage and entertain

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Unique: Finding Joy – a funny and touching tale of adventure from Vamos is one of the many shows coimg to the Terry O'Toole Theatre

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The Terry O'Toole Theatre has launched a new season that will include Mobo award-winning musicians and pioneering children's theatre.

If you like sophisticated jazz with plenty of contemporary energy, Mobo Music Award winners Empirical are four young British jazz musicians playing alto sax, drums, bass and vibes who bring the house down with their mix of classic 60s jazz and their own compositions. They will kick off the season at the North Hykeham venue on Thursday, January 24, and you can read an interview with them here in What's On soon.

Also this month, cutting edge Hip Hop theatre company Bad Taste Cru – a professional breakdance company – will provide audiences with explosive work on Thursday, January 31.

Four imaginative and exciting productions specially designed for children of all ages feature in the programme.

February sees The Nightingale – a sweet, funny and beautiful show.

While March delivers Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune, an enchanting production using trademark puppets, music and storytelling.

In April, Lempen Puppets, a pioneering children's theatre company weaves a heart-warming tale within an original version of The Fisherman And The Pearl. There's A Monster In My Piano is the treat for May, an offbeat jazzy tale to delight children and adults.

This season at the venue will include a special focus on folk music, with Frigg from Scandinavia visiting on Friday, February 1.

Emily Portman brings her original songwriting steeped in English tradition on March 21, and music from 2012 Mobo award winner Zoe Rahman will include her unique mix of contemporary jazz flavoured with Bengali roots on April 18.

The mighty sound of folk powerhouse Faustus (which includes Paul Sartin from Bellowhead and Saul Rose from WarHorse) with Morris Offspring will explode onto the stage in March.

A piece of full mask theatre brings to life the story of Finding Joy – a funny and touching tale of adventure ... and dementia from Vamos on March 1 (pictured).

Visit the website at www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk for more information.

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