George and the Dragon arrive in Ellesmere for summer festival

By Sue Austin | Ellesmere | North Shropshire entertainment | Published:

Ellesmere Community Arts Group, Fizzgigs, will bring its very different style of folk theatre to the town’s summer festival this weekend.

Some of the George and the Dragon cast from left to right: Amanda Bevan, Jan Wheat, Ian Andrew, Jess Muxlow and Derek Cairns.

The group is staging a specially written version of George and the Dragon featuring performance, music and dancing as part of the three-day festival on August 9, 10 and 11.

Fizzgigs is joining the fun with its quirky version of the legend and is urging festival-goers to get involved.

The performance takes place on Saturday between 6pm and 7pm at Rodney’s field alongside the canal near Ellesmere’s canal basin at The Wharf.

Earlier in the day the group will stage free workshops at The Wharf from 10am-4pm. Visitors will be able to create their own George and the Dragon paraphernalia including pennants and dragon heads to be used as part of the evening performance.

The Fizzgigs’ musicians will be leading a parade from The Wharf at 5.30pm to the nearby Rodney’s Field for the performance featuring colourful characters and a 10 foot dragon.

Access to Rodney’s Field is also available from Birch Road where there is also a layby as parking for disabled people.

Written by Fizzgigs vice-chair, Mirjana Garland, the comic play in rhyming couplets also includes music and songs, dance and a colourful backdrop.

Fizzgigs has taken an active part in the festival for several years entertaining the crowds with huge puppets, music, dancing and colourful costumes.


The group, a not for profit organisations, was set up in 2012 with the aim of creating a range of community arts events and performances which could be enjoyed by the community and to encourage a sharing of creative experiences and skills across all ages.

It regularly takes part in other town events such as Ellesmere Carnival and the Winter Festival as well as running activities such as art and music sessions, ceilidhs and informal social gatherings.

It holds fund raising events, bids for grants and encourages sponsorships to support its community activities.

Membership is open to anyone in the community of Ellesmere and surrounding areas. Further information can be found at the website or by emailing

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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