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Inspiration for young artists

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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FAMILIES looking for interactive and imaginative entertainment for their children will enjoy new stage show Cabbage Heart.

Theatre Alibi have devised a magical adventure with lots of drawing and painting live on stage that will mesmerise audiences young and old alike.

It arrives in Exeter from Saturday, November 24, to Sunday, November 25, with performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Children aged eight to 10 can also take part in a visual art workshops on both days at 2pm. Budding artists are invited to experimenting with doodles and see what they can turn them into. There is no need to book, with a suggested donation of £1.

The Cabbage Heart show is based on a brave girl called Jelly who lives beside the sea. Best of all Jelly loves drawing, whether it be on pavements, on walls, on the beach, or anywhere.

But a little voice inside her says she's rubbish. Then one day she discovers a secret garden full of giant ferns and strange, beautiful cabbages. And stranger things too such as plants made out of gloves and shoes, a stone sculpture, and an old woman calling for help.

It's Mags's garden and she's a world famous sculptor. Together Mags and Jelly find there's a whole new way of looking at things.

Associate writer Dan Jamieson said: "I have long wanted to write a show for children about visual art. The result is Cabbage Heart which features live drawing and painting.

"Before writing it, I took my own young children to Barbara Hepworth's garden in St Ives. The children really enjoyed the garden and the sculptures in it.

"There was a particularly wonderful curator on duty in the garden that day. Rather than being anxious about having small children running around the garden amid these priceless sculptures, this lady encouraged the children to play and relate to the art in their own way.

"Out of this sprang the idea for Cabbage Heart, of having a young child meet an older sculptor in her garden in St Ives and strike up a friendship that changes their lives."

Tickets for the show, suitable for children aged five to 10, cost £8 adults, £6 children, or £24 families. Call 01392 667080 or visit www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

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