IT is almost time for Knutsford Little Theatre’s final production of the year – a junior play festival.

After two successful festivals in recent years it is now the time of the juniors to present a selection of plays written by authors from all around the world.

One of the plays is The Kennel Club by the theatre’s writer in residence, David Muncaster, which won the audience award when it was first performed in 2008.

The play has been expanded to explore the idea that dogs in a rescue kennel are capable of organising themselves to improve their chances of being re-homed.

The author, who will also be directing this production, explains that it is no accident that the dogs appear to be almost human.

David said: “There are parallels to be drawn between the dogs in The Kennel Club and people who live in institutions.

“For this reason the dogs dress to reflect their personality and walk around on two legs but, at the same time, I’ve tried to keep it fun and something that will be enjoyed by children and adults.”

After the interval, a further eight short plays are presented, all directed by Lucy Oliver.

Subjects include: life at school, First World War, fantastical adventures, mobile phones, and the problems of being a crayon.

David added: “I’ve been amazed by the ability and enthusiasm that we have in our junior section.

“Through their hard work I am convinced this Junior Play Festival is going to be very special indeed.”

The festival runs from Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6.

Evening performances start at 7pm with a matinee on Saturday at 1.30pm. Tickets are £7 and can be reserved by calling 01565 633000.