Ever wondered how our wildlife survives the winter?

A cast of young Islanders will bring the theme to life, so you will have to go along to the Apollo Theatre to find out more.

Henry the squirrel and his best friend William the hedgehog are not looking forward to the cold.

They make a big decision to leave their families behind and go off together on a fantastic adventure to escape the horrors of winter.  Will they make it to Africa?

Isle of Wight County Press: Characters in Going South for Winter

Pink Cow Theatre in association with Apollo Youth Theatre present Going South for Winter, a perfect Springtime and Easter treat for all the family.

It is an original piece of theatre written and directed by Mish Whitmore, and has already been performed at Quay Arts and the IW Story Festival. This time round, there is added music and songs.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saphie and Squirrel Dad in Going South for Winter

Mish said “I first wrote this story for my daughter 22 years ago, to help her understand how nature survives against all the odds throughout the seasons. It’s an absolute joy to bring it to life on the stage. The enthusiastic cast of young people convey so much energy and new ideas to the narrative, and I’m really looking forward to them bringing all the fun to a new audience in Newport.”

Dominic Craggs, 12, who plays Henry the Squirrel, said: “It’s brilliant to see that it’s not just little children who laugh and applaud our play, but even older family members who get to think about the difficulties which wildlife face to survive the cold. And a reminder that Africa really is quite far away!”

There are two performances each on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7 - at 11.30am and 3pm.