Players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported Manchester International Festival to bring an exciting new show featuring Justin Fletcher to the city.

As part of the inaugural Community Grants round, the Festival was awarded £19,575 to support their creative work with young people from special educational needs (SEN) and other primary schools in the local area.

Known to millions through the CBeebies show Something Special, Fletcher will feature in The Tale of Mr Tumble - a very special new show for children and their families, staged within the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester’s Opera House:

To celebrate we are giving away 4 tickets to a performance on Saturday 18th of July at 2pm.

Entries can be made by following and sending a direct message to Postcode Community Trust onFacebook and/or Twitter - containing your name, number and email address.

The competition will close on Friday 10th July at 5pm, with the winner contacted immediately thereafter.

This funny, engaging and visually exciting show will give children the chance to see Mr Tumble live and up close as he and his family share some of their fondest memories. Audiences will find out how he became the joyful entertainer familiar to so many, following his journey from bouncing baby Tumble (with his bright red nose already in place), through his singing and dancing school years, right up to the present day.

Mr Tumble will be joined by his friends and family, including Grandpa Tumble and introducing Tootsie. He will also be joined by Ronni Ancona as Miss Eerie. Featuring songs new and old and a choir of Makaton signing stars, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation in this high-energy event.

Critically-acclaimed for his inclusive show Something Special, Justin has pioneered the use on TV of Makaton “a sign and symbol-based language designed for people who struggle to communicate through speech “ and which is loved by children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Supported by the grant, MIF Creative is working with 400 local primary-age children from six SEN and four mainstream primary schools - many located in the most deprived areas of Manchester. Young people are taking to the stage, many for the very first time, to create Makaton-based choirs performing in the show alongside a programme of training and resources to support the Festival and other cultural partners in welcoming young Makaton users on cultural visits.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Manchester International Festival provides an ideal cultural platform for our players to support a legacy of creative development for children with special educational needs”

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