Two amateur theatre groups who merged to form a new group are set to perform their first shows at the Barn Theatre.

Theatre Ink and COS Productions have been performing side by side for 8 years, constantly evolving and growing closer, and in July, the two groups joined forces as one.

Coming together as TinkCo, their first collaborative production is ‘Big Fish – The Musical’ based on the film with the same name starring Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor.

The story centres around Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants and mermaids.

Edward is marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability.

His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life.

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When Edward’s health declines and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s ‘true’ life story, once and for all.

Rachel Wright, who is the choreographer for the production, said: “As a group it is a wonderful piece because there are many parts showing off the talent within the cast, and many different musical styles, so there is something for everyone.”

The cast are led by Martin Whiteley in his first show for with the group.

Martin has previously appeared at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon with SALOS as Bill Sykes in Oliver, Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act and Rooster in Annie, to name a few.

Playing his wife is Laura Coates who audiences loved as Adelaide in Theatre Ink’s Guys and Dolls earlier this year, and also appeared in Bad Girls as Nicki.

Laura will be making her professional debut at The Barn Theatre in ‘A Christmas Carol’ later this month.

Big Fish will open on November 13 running through to November 16.

Curtain up at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday, November 16 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £15 with £14 concessions.

Tickets can be purchased from The Barn Theatre at