Belper Theatre Company are presenting their adaptation of the classic children’s story Augustus and his Smile at the Derby Book Festival this weekend.
Augustus the Tiger has lost his smile and sets off to searching for it.
Along the way, he travels to foreign sometimes scary lands, meets strange new creatures, along the way discovering more about his own behaviour and its effect on those around him.
Aimed at three to eight year-olds, Face Up’s adaptation explores issues of happiness and being self content.
Throughout the performance younger audience members are invited to journey with Augustus through physical theatre, live music, masks, puppetry and shadow projection.
Interactive elements of the show also allow audience members to become part of the story,.
Ian Pringle, Face Up’s artistic director, said: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to premiere Augustus and His Smile at this year’s Derby Book Festival.
“The show has been devised by the company and includes physical theatre and puppetry.
“We’ve been working with exceptional physical performer Arian Rasheed and puppeteer Simone Lewis to create a showthat follows Augustus the Tiger on his journey to find his smile, with original score developed by localcomposer Angus MacLeod of Chango Music Design.
“The show uses Augustus’s story to explore themes of mental health and emotional well being in children.
“In particular, the show has been influenced by research into how trauma impacts animals and human beings.”
The show is on at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday, June 5 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets are £5 at http://bit.ly/1XN19JQ