“Enchanting” theatre group to perform at Taunton Library

“There’s an opal on earth for every star in the sky. And the reason they’re hidden is because it would break everyone’s heart if they were out in the open.”



Somerset County Council’s Taunton Library will play host to an enchanting theatre performance for children and adults next month.

South West theatre company Travelling Light is bringing its show, ‘The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan’, to the county town on Saturday 8 October. Set in Lightning Ridge, an opal-mining town in Australia, the story uncovers how one boy’s mission to save his family unites this disparate community in unimaginable ways. Suitable for ages 9 and up, the tale has been adapted from the novella by Ben Rice.

Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne’s best friends, maybe her only friends, and only she can see them. Kellyanne’s brother, Ashmol, can’t see them, and doesn’t believe they exist anywhere but in Kellyanne’s immature imagination. Only when Pobby and Dingan disappear and Kellyanne becomes sick with worry over their loss, does Ashmol realise that not only must he believe in Pobby and Dingan, he must convince others to believe in them, too.

Cllr David Hall, the Lead Member for Libraries, said: “The Libraries team is very excited to welcome Travelling Light to Taunton Library next month. I’m sure it will offer a wonderful, creative experience for families in the area, so I would very much encourage you to get your ticket.”

Talking about directing the work, Craig Edwards said: “‘Pobby and Dingan’ is a story that will make you laugh, that will move you, and it is a story that you will remember for a long, long time.”

The play will be performed at Taunton library on Saturday 8 October at 10am and again at 3pm. Tickets are free for children aged 16 and under and £3 for accompanying adults. To buy your tickets, ask at Taunton Library’s customer service desk, or visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Pobby and Dingan.