This year marks the 20th anniversary of Banbridge Town being twinned with Ruelle-sur-Touvre, Charente, France.
Banbridge Twinning Association has planned a number of special events before a group from the area travels to France in June.
A table quiz was recently held at the Old Town Hall with over 60 people taking part.
A special French theatre evening is planned for March 13 and a French cookery demonstration evening for April 10.
The theatre evening consists of a fun piece of French drama for 11-18 year olds and their parents and takes place at 7.30pm in the Old Town Hall, Scarva Street. Adults wishing to improve their French will enjoy the event.
It would be a great opportunity for parents to recall their school French and encourage their children to enjoy the language.
The plays have been written to be enjoyed, the emphasis being on fun and on ‘learning by doing’. Many of the topics required for examinations are covered and they are excellent for re-enforcement and revision of classroom work.
Also included are small parts for students, and that, with lots of general audience participation, ensures students gain confidence in their ability to communicate with real French people.
Each play is written in carefully monitored language, vetted by practising French teachers and, of course, the actors are trained to speak slowly and clearly. The abundance of visual action and repetition allows students of all abilities to understand. In addition, a résumé in English for each student is provided beforehand.
Tickets are £4 and are available from the Banbridge Visitor Information Centre, The Old Town Hall, Scarva Street, Banbridge 40620232.