(Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch, April 27)

A GREAT night out is promised when North Shropshire Folk hosts 'The Outside Track' at The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, on Friday, April 27 at 8pm.

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation.

Using fiddle, accordion, harp guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals, these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakeable joie de vivre. The line-up comprises Teresa Horgan, Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner) and Cillian O'Dalaigh.

nTickets at £12 adults, £10 adult concessions and £6 young people are available from the Leisure Centre on 01948 660660, 07506724572 or on-line at


(Crewe Lyceum, Apr 21-22)

The classic and timeless children’s book Dear Zoo is making its stage premiere!

The best-selling book by Rod Campbell has delighted generations of young readers since it was was first published in 1982 and engages and encourages young children to learn to read across the globe.

Perfect for children aged 2+ and their families, this production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as well as new audiences alike as it unfolds with engaging puppets, music and audience interaction.

Join us to see what zoo has sent: the perfect pet - in the end!

nTickets £15, Family Ticket of 4: £50, groups of 10 plus £11 (one in ten go free).


(Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Apr 284-28)

This classic Shakespeare tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist, with original live music.

It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works.

nTickets £10 plus – call 01352 701 521.