Pongo’s Party Returns – Friday 21st August


Popular family favourite Pongo the Pig returns to Mitchell Arts Centre on Friday 21 August at 2:00pm with a new show Pongo’s Party.

The interactive theatre show is full of fun, songs and games – and features the voice of Justin Fletcher ‘CBeebies’ Mr Tumble, as Pongo the Pig! Families are invited to come along and join in the adventure which includes party a huge children’s band and taking part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel!

Presented by Stoke TV presenter Mike Smith and Kate Ashmead (Tweenies, Thomas & Friends Live) and with original direction by one of the top names in children’s entertainment, Playschool Presenter and BBC Tweenies’ creator, Iain Lauchlan, Pongo’s Party is set on a vibrant, colourful and imaginative farmyard that’s home to a whole host of loveable puppet characters.

Kate Ashmead says:

“Having worked and been friends with Justin for many years – he was in fact Best Man at our wedding – we have seen what a positive impact Mr Tumble’s use of signing has had on a pre-school TV audience. We now feel very proud and excited to be bringing a little of this to our theatre audiences – and of course, to having Justin once again provide the voice for Pongo the Pig!”

This year’s show has been supported by Arts Council England and the Makaton Charity, with Makaton™ signing in the show, so that everyone can join in the many songs and nursery rhymes. Makaton is a language of signs and symbols which is used extensively by people with communication or learning difficulties and thanks to Justin’s use of signing in the hugely popular CBeebies programme Something Special, Makaton has become even more widely known and used.

Writer Martin Parsons said:

“We have always been committed to producing top quality, live entertainment that can reach as wide an audience as possible and this one has everything that children could ever want at a party!”

Come and help make Pongo’s Party a day to remember, by joining in a show full of songs, games, fun and laughter – who knows, you may even win the pass-the-parcel prize!

Tickets: £9.00 Adults, £7.00 Concessions. Available to buy online at www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk or via Box Office on 01782 409307.