INTERACTIVE shows, literary classics and local authors are just some of the highlights of Oldham's eighth live@thelibrary season,

A travelling suitcase will be visiting libraries across Oldham in February where family audiences are invited to journey around the world enjoying tales of fishermen, fairies, feasts and beasts.

Suitcase Stories, an interactive storytelling show, aims to unleash the imaginations of children aged three years and above.

Other great family entertainment includes The Walrus and the Carpenter (February 12) filled with hilarity, song and slapstick or join The Owl and the Pussycat (March 3) on a sea voyage to a curious land.

Young magicians can fight the Dark Lord with magical illusions, pop songs and things that go bump in the night in a parody panto: Harry Potter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets (February 1).

A new addition this season is the Sitcom Festival (April) which showcases some of Britain’s popular comedies including ‘Allo ‘Allo, Steptoe and Son and Hancock’s Half Hour. There will also be a chance to celebrate one of our most loved comic actors, Sid James, through the funny and poignant play Wot Sid Did.

Other comedy events include Chip Shop Chips, which proved so popular in 2016 that it’s making a return on April 12, where the audience join in the celebration of the reopening of Booth and Son’s Fish and Chip Shop, complete with fish and chip supper.

The new drama performance transports audiences back to the 1800s –100 years before a computer existed – to the story of Ada Lovelace, a mathematical genius who developed the world’s first computer.

This interactive show, Ada.Ada.Ada, aims to inspire people to get creative with science, technology, engineering and maths and will take place on February.

There’s also gothic favourite, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde newly adapted by Russell Kennedy. The one man adaptation will immerse visitors into the chilling world of 19th century London and keep them hooked with its twists and turns on March 1.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “The fact that live@thelibrary is now in its eighth season is testament to the quality and diversity of the programme.

“One of its main aims is to make live performance accessible to all and I’m pleased to say that for the fourth time we are taking a show on tour as part of live@thelibrarylocal.

“Live@thelibrary is just one of the many events offered by our library service and I would urge residents to visit their local library and find out about the many services and events they can enjoy.”

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