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Poole Central Library welcomes Shackleton’s Cat

Poole Central Library will be filled with song on Saturday 21 March as it welcomes the English Touring Opera (ETO) with their production of Shackleton’s Cat.   


Nine performers including singers and players will tell the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds.

Shackleton's Cat

The opera, which is aimed at 7-11 year olds and their families, is the latest in ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people. It will feature an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs and a puppet cat.

Places at the performance, which runs from 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 21 March, are entirely free.

The story begins in 2015, when scientists measuring the changes in the levels of the polar sea-ice make an astonishing discovery: the bones of a cat. They belong to Mrs Chippy, the carpenter’s cat on the Endurance, and best friend to the young Welsh stowaway Perce Blackborow. At the heart of the opera is the great expedition leader Shackleton himself, as the opera follows the crew from setting sail from Buenos Aires to their incredible rescue after months of hardship.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Libraries, Borough of Poole, said: “Our libraries play host to a huge range of exciting entertainment, and we’re delighted to bring this wonderful production to our residents.”

To book your free place call 01202 262449 or visit www.boroughofpoole.com/libraries.

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