Children have been whisked off to a magical world thanks to a new storytelling show which has come to Wolverhampton.

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Booktrust, a national charity that celebrates and encourages stories and reading, has adapted a short story by Irfan Master for the stage, and it is touring the country thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund.

Once Upon a Time tells the story of Ameera, a young girl who visits another world where time has stopped and has to tell stories to get back home.

It is brought to life using puppets, songs and stories by a cast of 4, with performances at the Parkfields Centre today and Blakenhall Library tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday 22 and 23 January, 2014). As well as enjoying a live show, the audience members who are aged from 3 to 6 receive CDs and books to enjoy at home.

Booktrust's Lizzie Poulton said: "The show is a brilliant opportunity to bring great theatre and storytelling right into the heart of communities. Our talented cast really bring the story alive for the audience.

"We know that telling and sharing stories can really help children with their literacy so not only will it be really enjoyable but we hope it will encourage families to share more stories and read more books with their children."

Elisabeth Whitehouse, Branch Librarian at Blakenhall Library, said: "We are really excited to be able to offer the families of Wolverhampton a chance to see professional actors and published authors at the Blakenhall Library.

"We run lots of events for the local community such as a Young Writers Group and this will be an excellent addition to our programme."

Please note this is a closed event and all tickets for the performances have been allocated.

  • released: Wednesday 22 January, 2014