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Presenter set to bring some TV magic to town

October 9, 2013


POPULAR children's television presenter Cerrie Burnell is bringing The Magical Playground to Llanelli later this month.

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere, the CBeebies star is taking the show, inspired by her childhood, on a UK- wide tour.

Cerrie plays Liberty Rose, who dreams of becoming a ballerina like her mother before her, but when she's told to wear a false arm for dancing lessons, Libby rebels, seeking escape in her favourite playroom. Suddenly, the toys magically come to life around her, as her new friends bid to help her in her quest to become a famous ballerina.

Cerrie told the Star: It's going well. We have done a run in Edinburgh and then started a tour in the UK since July and it has been really well received.

This is the second play I have written, it's not a massive leap for a children's presenter to have their own show, a few of the others have done one as well.

I wanted to do something that inspired and was about inclusion.

It will be a fun packed sort of hour and it will be a marvellous journey where audiences can see through Libby's eyes for an hour.

Cerrie Burnell, who was born with a right arm which ended just below the elbow, was named in The Observer's list of Top 10 Children's Presenters, and also featured in The Guardian's list of the 100 most inspirational women as she received praise for tackling disability head on.

Alongside her CBeebies work, Cerrie is currently working on a number of other projects including her first children's book Snowflakes, which was published in September.

She also makes frequent television appearances on shows including The One Show, Celebrity Mastermind, Beauty and the Beast, The Wright Stuff, The Hour and Celebrity Eggheads.

Cerrie recently featured alongside other top television talent including Reggie Yates and Konnie Huq on Channel 4's Diverse Nation, a documentary celebrating the on-screen talent that showcase the UK's rich diversity.

Director of the show, Hal Chambers trained at Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre Studio.

For his own theatre company Tucked In, he has directed and written The Golden Cowpat, Sam Rose in the Shadows, Tim & Light and Jackajack. He has worked with the Donmar Warehouse, Bristol Old Vic and Bolton Octagon as an Assistant Director and he regularly directs in drama schools and also runs workshops at Shakespeare's Globe.

Cerrie admitted she has not performed in Llanelli before, but is looking forward to performing at Ffwrnes.

I have not performed in Wales before, I had quite a few holidays in Wales in the country where it is beautiful and scenic and it will be good to go back and this time in front of an audience, she said.

Unfortunately I will not have time to have a look around but I will be doing a meet and greet and book signings as well. I think it's really nice to get to meet the audiences and get feedback from kids so we know what their vision is clear in your mind.

The show takes place at Ffwrnes on Tuesday, October 29 from 2.30pm.

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