THE true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo comes to life in a new show for children at Theatre Royal Winchester on Monday 19 February.

Inspired by a report in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide, Penguins tells the story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguins at Central Park Zoo they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real.

Penguins is a captivating mix of dance, music, and storytelling for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family.

Director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney drew inspiration from this story and has adapted it for the stage. He said “We have created a truly unique and uplifting theatre piece for young audiences and their families to enjoy. Penguins is a highly visual, non-verbal performance with beautiful music, wonderful magic and a message of love and family that we hope will leave a lasting impression.”

Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra added:"Penguins is a fun, dynamic, quirky and endearing experience that will teach children about diverse families and that ultimately, what matters is that all children are loved and well looked after, regardless of the gender of who does it. It's a show that also celebrates being different and accepting each other's uniqueness through companionship. "

Penguins will feature three outstanding dancers – Corey Annand, Osian Meilir and Jack Webb. Set and costume design by Sabine Dargent, lighting design by Simon Bond and music by Garth McConaghie.

The production is suitable for families and schools with children aged 3 and above.

Penguins is at Theatre Royal Winchester on Monday 19 February at 1.30pm, 4pm & 6.30pm. Tickets are available from and from the box office 01962 840 440.