Shaun the Sheep is a sheer treat


The 2010 EMMY and BAFTA award-winning BBC family favourite, Shaun the Sheep, will be making its stage debut in a brand-new LIVE production called Shaun’s Big Show at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal from Thursday June 30 till Sunday July 3.

To mark this the Herald has teamed up with the organisers to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Saturday afternoon showing at 1pm in this great competition.

The show has been adapted especially for stage by David Wood, whose acclaimed catalogue of children’s stage adaptations include, among others, Babe The Sheep-Pig, The BFG, The Witches, The Twits, James And The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox and Tom’s Midnight Garden.

This particular production marks David’s first screened animation adaptation, adopting the premise of the televised series - being performed entirely without spoken narrative.

The main storyline features the flock accidentally discovering the joys of dance, and Shaun being inspired, in true Mickey Rooney style, to put on his own show in the barn.

The inspiration is provided by none other than the Farmer, who has been watching episodes of Strictly Come Dancing and decides to teach himself how to tango.

With some madcap mayhem the flock dance and prance their way through a series of adventures under the nose of the short-sighted farmer.

The Aardman television series, Shaun the Sheep first appeared on BBC1 and CBBC in March 2007 and was inspired by Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award-winning short film, A Close Shave, the series has been sold worldwide.

This new show will be presented on tour by Calibre Productions and is produced by Ed O’Driscoll.

Adapting a televised series for stage is a complex task and helping O’Driscoll is a great team including designer Susie Caulcutt and choreographer Bill Deamer. The result is a wonderful show which will appeal to the whole family.

All the favourite characters from the hit series will feature in this wholly live show, including Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and the rest of the flock in a fully choreographed music and dance extravaganza.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets for the show simply answer the following question and send completed entries to Shaun Big Show Competition, Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, 27 Stewart Street, Milngavie, G62 6BW, to reach our office no later than 5pm on Tuesday June 28.

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