Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble in the hugely popular CBeebies programme Something Special, will be the voice of Pongo the Pig at The Lights, Monday 27 July.
Pongo’s Party is an interactive family show set on a vibrant, colourful and imaginative farmyard that’s home to a whole host of loveable puppet characters.
It’s Pongo’s birthday and he’s been dropping hints to his friends all year. He is looking forward to a fantastic party…but nobody seems to remember!
Little does Pongo know that Molly-Moo is making a mess baking, Sheena the Sheep is rehearsing with her band, Sally the Scarecrow is in the middle of decorating and even Marty MacDonald is tied up with his parcels – whatever can they be up to?
The show is particularly suitable for two to seven year olds and can also be enjoyed by children with communication or learning difficulties due to Makaton, a language of signs and symbols.
Justin as Mr Tumble uses Makaton signing in CBeebies Something Special and has seen the positive impact this has had on a pre-school TV audience. “Makaton helps children have a voice” said Justin. “If a child can’t vocalise, then they can use their hands to tell us what they want and that relieves the frustration.”
Pongo’s Party at The Lights will be presented by Martin Parsons (Playdays Live, Sooty’s Magic Castle) and Kate Ashmead (Tweenies, Thomas & Friends Live), the creators of the show.
Martin said: “We have always been committed to producing top quality, live entertainment that can reach as wide an audience as possible. Thanks to support from Arts Council England and the Makaton Charity, we are thrilled to be including Makaton signing in the show, so that everyone can join in the many songs and nursery rhymes they’ll be singing.”
Show starts at 2pm and tickets are priced at £8.50. Please note Justin does not appear in person.
To find out more about what’s happening at The Lights, to buy tickets, or join the mailing list, visit www.thelights.org.uk or you can call the Box Office on 01264 368368.
The new autumn/winter season brochure is out now. Tickets for some shows sell out quickly so to avoid disappointment make sure you book early.