Half term fun at The Roses Theatre

Tom McGrath brings his play, Laurel & Hardy, to the Tewkesbury stage

Tom McGrath brings his play, Laurel & Hardy, to the Tewkesbury stage - Credit: Archant

If you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family during half term, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has a multitude of events to keep everyone occupied.

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has a family-friendly programme all year round, and half term is no exception...

• On Tuesday February 18, audiences can re-live the classical Hollywood era as Tom McGrath brings his play, Laurel & Hardy, to the Tewkesbury stage.

Comedy double act Laurel and Hardy became well known during the late 1920s for their slapstick routines, with the slim built Stan Laurel playing the clumsy friend of big boned Oliver Hardy. Prior to their joining up as a duo they both had well established film careers, but together they appeared in over 100 films and made several guest and cameo appearances. In 2005 they were voted in to the top ten greatest comedy acts of all time by a UK poll of fellow comedians. As well as being highly respected by their peers, Laurel and Hardy are affectionately regarded by millions and are still influential today. Despite their fame, there is still a lot to learn about this dynamic duo that most fans will be surprised to hear.

McGrath’s play takes an intimate and hilarious journey through the rise and demise of this incredible partnership. Set in the ‘afterlife’, actors Lee Pace and Dan James relive the most important moments in the pair’s careers and introduce the key players who helped to shape and influence their lives. Laurel & Hardy seamlessly mixes live action with video footage to tell the heart-warming story of a legendary partnership. This show is suitable for all ages and is perfect for those who remember the pair in their golden years, who love physical and comic theatre, or who are just simply fans of comedy.

Tickets cost £13 with concessions available, and can be purchased through The Roses Box Office on 01684 295074 or online at: www.rosestheatre.org

• The theatre’s Take Part Department is running a wide variety of workshops throughout February half term.

The week gets off to an energetic start with children and teenagers given the opportunity to explore all aspects of street dance at a workshop on Tuesday February 18, Culminating in a finished piece complete with lifts, tricks and contemporary dance moves.

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On Wednesday February 19, Craft ‘n’ Kids enables children to learn the basics of sewing, attaching buttons and stuffing before applying these skills to make a unique item which they can treasure forever.

Half-term concludes with a Play In Two Days on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February, a workshop for aspiring young actors and playwrights aged 7-11. Participants will work together to build the plot and characters as they go, creating an exciting performance for family and friends to enjoy.

• Straight from starring in the Everyman’s pantomime, Tweedy returns with a comedy about a clown who gives in to society and gets a real job. Tweedy illustrates an impressive repertoire of comedic talents which has made him one of the most respected clowns the country has to offer and he’s visiting The Roses on Wednesday February 19.

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For more information about the workshops and live events, contact the Box Office on 01684 295074 or visit www.rosestheatre.org