An enchanting and heartbreaking theatre show for families is coming to two east Lancashire libraries in September.
Travelling Light Theatre Company are taking their show “The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby & Dingan” to Clitheroe Library on Wednesday 21 September at 6.30pm followed by another performance at Haslingden Library at 6pm on Thursday 22 September.
The play, which is suitable for ages nine and above, is an enchanting and heartbreaking story adapted from Ben Rice’s novella “Pobby and Dingan” by award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by regular Travelling Light performer and director Craig Edwards.
The story is set in a very particular community in a very particular part of the world – Lightning Ridge, an opal-mining town in New South Wales, Australia, and tells the tale of how one boy’s mission to save his family unites this disparate community in ways no-one could ever have imagined.
Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne Williamson’s best friends, maybe her only friends, and only she can see them. Kellyanne’s brother, Ashmol, can’t see them and doesn’t believe they exist anywhere but in Kellyanne’s immature imagination.
Only when Pobby and Dingan disappear and Kellyanne becomes sick with worry over their loss, does Ashmol realise that not only must he believe in Pobby and Dingan, he must convince others to believe in them, too.
Talking about directing the work, Craig Edwards said:
“Pobby & Dingan is a story that will make you laugh, that will move you and it is a story that you will remember for a long, long time. I can’t wait to start working on it and I can’t wait to see it with new audiences experiencing this story for the first time.”
Travelling Light return with their trademark style of magical and visual storytelling, live music and multiple role-playing to present what is at once a beautifully rendered narrative of childhood loss and a powerfully simple fable about the necessity of imagination.
The shows form part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of rural touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries across the county.