Stuck in a frozen winter and the answer lies in a nutshell

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A wintry tale specially for younger audiences comes to the Playhouse later this month.

In a Nutshell is at the Alnwick-based arts centre on Thursday, November 27, at 11.30am and 2.30pm. It is described as a warm and touching story of beginnings and endings, goodbyes and hellos, told with puppets and bits and pieces, for children aged three to six. The clock has stopped at a quarter to spring. The world is frozen in winter. Who could guess the key to the new year lies a nutshell?

In partnership with Queen’s Hall Arts, the performance is brought to Alnwick by Puppetship, who return after last December’s highly-successful Snowdome.

Gazette reporter Helen Millichamp was there with her daughter and described it as ‘an interactive, yet silent, performance which was mesmerising’.

“Never before have I seen a room full of under twos, with none of them making a sound,” she added. “It was a fantastic production for children and at 16 months old, my daughter was fascinated by each and every element. At the end, the youngsters were able to get into the middle of the dome and play with all of the materials.”

Tickets for In a Nutshell, costing £8, are available from the Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785 or online at www.aln