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Magical playroom comes to life
CBEEBIES presenter Cerrie Burnell is swapping the screen for the stage at Salisbury Arts Centre on Sunday.
The Magical Playroom is Burnell’s own show and draws on her experiences of dreaming of stardom while living with a disability.
Burnell was born with her right arm ending slightly below the elbow. Like the star of her show Libby, Burnell’s parents wanted her to wear a prosthetic arm but she rebelled and chose to follow her dreams without one.
She went on to study drama and become a professional actress before getting the highly coveted job of a children’s television presenter in 2009.
In The Magical Playroom, Libby escapes her parents’ pressure among her favourite toys which suddenly come to life and help her fulfil her dream of becoming a ballerina.
“Though Libby shares the same disability as me and faces a similar dilemma, beyond that the story is fictional,” said Burnell.
“Being back on stage is wonderful and incredibly uplifting, I would love it to continue.
“The story is multi-layered, so there is something captivating for every age. I hope the audience leaves having been moved and inspired, with a deeper understanding of inclusion.”
There are performances of The Magical Playroom, suitable for children aged three and over, at noon and 2pm on Sunday.
Tickets are £8.50, £7.50, or £30 for a family of four and are available at salisburyartscentre.co.uk or 01722 321744.
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