The Barn Theatre in Cirencester and super star clown Tweedy are joining a national campaign to get us all reading.

Friday is the first Dear Gloucestershire, Drop Everything and Read, where every last Friday of the month pupils and teachers across the county will ‘drop everything and read’.

Read Gloucestershire, which is the name of the overall campaign is run by the charity Read For Good and The Barn Theatre are just one of the many organisations across the country to get behind the day to help encourage people to take part and raise awareness of the campaign.

Tweedy will return to the digital airways on Friday on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 1pm as he brings Nell Gifford's story - Nell and the Circus of Dreams to life.

Nell, one of the founders of Giffords Circus, passed away in 2019 from cancer.

“We are glad to be getting involved and want as many schools as possible taking part in Read Gloucestershire,” said Barn Theatre CEO, Iwan Lewis.

“Over 90 schools have signed up to the campaign, approximately 36,000 children and young people, as a theatre we are pleased to be doing our bit to bring people together, if only online for now.”

Read Gloucestershire is run by Read for Good with support from Gloucestershire Libraries, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Hitchins Family Trust, John Lewis & Partners, Cheltenham, World Book Day and Read With Me.