Borrowing magic in Bedminster

THE Tobacco Factory in Bristol will be transformed into a giant playground this Christmas for the eagerly-awaited show, a new adaptation of The Borrowers.

The cast includes local favourites Simon Armstrong, Jessica Hayles and Lucy Tuck as well as Craig Edwards, Peta Maurice and David Ridley.

Based on Mary Norton’s beloved novel, the irreverent story has been adapted by Bea Roberts and will be directed by Nik Partridge.

Beneath the floorboards of a large house in Bristol, the audience is invited into the quirky, wonky, miniature world of young Arrietty and her family of Borrowers. The original up-cyclers, they make use of anything and everything they find “upstairs”, from cotton buds to crisp packets, string to Subutteo players.

But their quiet existence is torn apart by the arrival of a family of Uman Beans and before long the quiet ticking of the grandfather clock is replaced by vacuum cleaners, televisions and the sound of Tom Jones on the radio. Arrietty longs to see what life is like for the new family of giants and her friendship with eight-year-old Eddie gives her a chance to do just that.

The show runs from 29th Novem­ber to 20th January at various day and evening times. It is suitable for audiences aged from six years.

For more information visit the website, www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com or telephone 0117 902 0344.