Theatre starlets are getting ready for an intense run of shows which will see them perform in schools across Norfolk.

The Norfolk Institute of Performing Arts, based in Dereham, will give almost 40 free performances in primary schools during December.

On some days, the group will treat as many as five different audiences to their take on James and the Giant Peach.

Nichola West, director of NIPA, said: "It is very much a case of going on tour. We have a tour bus and have to do all the setting up.

"It is a very tight schedule but we want to give as many children as possible the chance to see free theatre."

The tour of schools is made possible by a fundraising day of shows at Dereham Memorial Hall on Wednesday, November 30.

For the matinee (1.30-2.30pm), adults go free with a paying child (£8). Two further shows will take place at 4.30pm and 6.30pm, with group discounts available.

To book tickets, visit