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Garden Show Ireland and Cahoots NI promise fun weekend for all the family

Leading children’s theatre company Cahoots has announced it will be temporarily swapping the stage for the soil, bringing their signature style of theatrical magic to Northern Ireland’s premier gardening event, Garden Show Ireland.

A festival of flowers, food and fun, Garden Show Ireland returns to Antrim Castle Gardens from Friday, April 29 until Sunday. May 1.

Teaming up with go-to retail and leisure destination, The Junction, Cahoots will present ‘The Imaginarium’ across all three days of the event, delivering an immersive theatrical experience that combines magic and illusion, theatre and music, all in a circus tent setting.

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Chris Flynn, Centre Director at The Junction commented: “The Junction is delighted to once again be working with Cahoots.

Young budding gardeners, Harry and Rosa Wallwin, join (L-R) Chris Flynn, Centre Director at The Junction, Gary Crossan, Cahoots' producer and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Cllr Billy Webb in launching the Little Green Fingers programme at Garden Show Ireland.

“The beautiful setting of Antrim Castle Gardens is the perfect place for families to experience a taste of world class theatre. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support local artists, once again, with a brand-new show.

“The pandemic saw the cancellation of live, in-person performances - this magical production from Cahoots is a perfect opportunity for young people to visit ‘The Imaginarium’ pop-up theatre.”

‘The Imaginarium’ is the latest addition to a range of activities and encounters on offer in the Little Green Fingers area of the show. Boasting its very own Scarecrow Avenue and with the chance to visit the miniature gardens created by local primary school children, the dedicated area provides something for all budding gardeners and their families.

Cahoots’ artistic director Paul Bosco McEneaney said; “Cahoots is delighted to be partnering with The Junction and Garden Show Ireland in presenting ‘The Imaginarium’.

“There’s something so magical in the atmosphere when you step inside a circus tent, and to be face to face with our young audiences and their families in such a special space is veryexciting. 

“‘The Imaginarium’ is popping up throughout the day with short performances packed with magic and mysteries that will certainly put the audience’s imaginations to the test, and wecan’t wait to see them there!”

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb, commented: “Garden Show Ireland extends beyond gardening advice and really does have something forall the family. The calibre of Cahoots’ productions is really something else and those attending the show are in for a real treat.

“Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council truly recognise the value of the arts, especially for our children and young people and, after so long without live theatre events, it’s very exciting to include Cahoots in our Garden Show programme.”

Tickets for Garden Show Ireland cost £10 and can be purchased online at www.gardenshowireland.com. Children under 16 will go free.

Garden Show Ireland will take place from Friday, April 29 until Sunday, May 1, from 10am until 6pm. ‘The Imaginarium’ will be perform intermittently during the show timings. ‘The Imaginarium’ is also supported by Arts & Business NI.

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