The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is again supporting an educational show which will tour Isle of Man primary schools in March.

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company is making its 10th visit to the Island, this time to perform The Golden Princess at seven schools. Last year it performed the Fisherman and The Pearl around the Island, a show about protecting the seas which was made in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society.

The Steam Packet Company is continuing its support for the Isle of Man tours by assisting with the cost of travel again in 2016.

This year’s show is about a Princess, living in the Land of Rumours, who is trapped behind a golden mask. One day, a strange, one-legged musician appears playing beautiful music that has magical transformational power. The organisers explained that, in a modern context, this is a story about celebrity culture, being happy in yourself and not judging people by the way they look.

Daniel Lempen, who performs the show, said: ‘I am really looking forward to returning to the Isle of Man; the schools are always so friendly and appreciative. Perhaps this is because the story tradition in the Isle of Man is so strong. Our particular style is to create original theatrical stories that have traditional structure but connect to contemporary issues.

‘I’d like to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for its ongoing support and assistance with the cost of travel for this year’s tour.’

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘Lempen Puppet Theatre Company is making its 10th visit to the Isle of Man and I understand its shows are always very popular with the children.

‘The aim is to address important topics in an entertaining but educational way to engage young children. We all understand how important education is and why it is essential to encourage youngsters to take an interest in a wide range of issues, which is why are pleased to continue our support.’

The Golden Princess will be performed are Victoria Road, Sulby, Arbory, Bunscoill Rhumsaa, Scoill Vallajeelt, Henry Bloom Noble, and Cronk-y-Berry schools between 2nd and 10th March.