Comedy actor and children’s author David Walliams’ funny and heart-warming tale of a son who tries to free his dad from jail is coming to Moss Bank Park this summer.

Open-air theatre touring company Heartbreak Productions are bringing “Bad Dad” to The Hive, Moss Bank Park next Thursday evening, June 15.

The production promises to be a warm-hearted tale that documents the highs and lows of a father-son relationship.

Gather round and give three cheers for Reverend Judith. She is receiving the Citizen of the Year Award for her amazing work with the food bank.

Come congratulate her and hear how it all started with Frank and his dad, Gilbert. Gilbert is a bit of a local celebrity.

The Bolton News: The Hive, Moss Bank ParkThe Hive, Moss Bank Park (Image: Lancashire Wildlife Trust)

He was no other than the legendary ‘king of the track’, Gilbert the Great.

That was until a tragic accident put a stop to his track-racing days.

Driven to desperate measures in order to provide for his son, he agrees to become a get-away driver for the local baddies.  

The story follows Frank and his father Gilbert as they struggle to escape the clutches of the local crime lord and clear Gilbert’s name. 

Alan Wright, head of Campaigns and Communications at Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who manage The Hive, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing The Hive be one of the locations hosting the production of Bad Dad on its UK tour – what a beautiful time of year for it. 

“This is our first time hosting an outdoor theatre at The Hive and it’s great to be working with Heartbreak Productions.

“It all feeds into our mission to get more people engaging with and enjoying the great outdoors.” 

The Hive is located just behind the Moss Bank Park café and is expecting an audience of over 100 attendees on the evening. 

Chairs and blankets are not provided so it is recommended that all attendees bring these. The area is open from 5:30pm onwards to allow time for setting up. The performance will begin at 6:30pm and will last for two hours, including an interval. 

Free parking is included with tickets, which are £10.50 for children under 16, £14.50 for ages 16+ and £45 for a group of two adults and two children. 

Tickets can be booked via the Lancashire Wildlife Trust website here

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