Dragon invades Sussex at WemsFest

The dragon's head by local artist Sam Millington.
The dragon's head by local artist Sam Millington.
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A fire-breathing terrifying dragon will scare the inhabitants of West Sussex this weekend as part of the annual arts festival,

WemsFest, which has returned to the Westbourne and Emsworth area.

Today and tomorrow, playwright Julian Sluggett (who has previously worked with Titchfield Festival Theatre) will stage a production of The Reluctant Dragon.

Performed by the theatre company Rogues and Vagabonds, up to 40 schoolchildren will also play a part in the adventure. The play includes rewritten parts of a script originally by Kenneth Grahame (author of The Wind In The Willows).

Villagers have to call on the reluctant St George to battle the dragon that is threatening their homes and livelihoods. What none of them realises, including the cowardly knight, is that the dragon is friendly.

Local artist Sam Millington has constructed the dragon’s head for the run, and the play is being staged at Westbourne Primary School today and Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall tomorrow.

The Reluctant Dragon is also at Thorney Island Primary School on September 21 and Emsworth’s St James’s Primary School on September 28.

WemsFest runs in the area until September 29 and there is more information about events at wemsfest.co.uk.

Tickets: £2 to £4 on 01243 378742 or 07802 500050.