VENUE Cymru reopened their doors on Friday 21 January to a performance of the popular children’s show Peppa Pig.

Having had to close their Christmas 2021 pantomime season early due to Welsh Covid-19 restrictions, the decision was taken to trial the return of events, with the weekend’s shows being limited to 200 people, patrons adhering to social distancing measures and caps of six people per group.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “We had to try this, we’ve been closed since December 26th and although we’re beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel, we don’t know exactly when these restrictions will change, so we have to think of the future.

“It took a lot of work to rearrange all the tickets, which was only made possible by adding in extra performances.

“It was either we work within these current restrictions and find workarounds, or cancel the show.

“We didn’t want to disappoint all those families.

“We received brilliant feedback, and all the children and their families have really enjoyed themselves, the experience and the sense of normality attending has bought to them.

“We’re so grateful to all our patrons for their patience and understanding whilst we worked on the logistics of putting the show on, and to all our customers who moved their tickets to the additional dates and a little further back in the auditorium to enable the show to go on.”

Parent Helen brought her two children and said: “It’s so nice to be back in the theatre and sharing first time experiences with them.”

Another parent added: “Polly and Livvy, both aged four, sang and danced throughout the show.

“They absolutely loved it, and they were oblivious to the socially distanced crowd.”