Spring Season 2013
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Wed 13 Feb Great Budworth Village Hall
Thu 14 Feb The Electric Picture House,Congelton
Fri 15 Feb Gawsworth Village Hall
Sat 16 Feb Bickerton Village Hall 8pm
Thu 7 March The Fallibroome Academy
Get into the loving sprit for Valentines day this year, with Kepow theatre. A comic look at love, in all it's many forms. Romantic love.Platonic Love. The love of a hobby, pet, money or God.
You name it, this comedy show explores it! The show stars Kevin Tomlinson and Abi Hood (The Bill, ITV) and contains storytelling, improvisation and sketches. Garnering 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival, Kepow Theatre Company are one of the UK's leading touring companies. Their shows have been seen at over 300 rural venues across the UK and are often said to be the funniest theatre company on the rural touring circuit. Their shows also contain quite a lot of pathos and drama.
"Heart-warming comedy theatre", Evening Standard
M6 THEATRE COMPANY
Sat 2 Mar Am: The Harlequin Theatre, Northwich 10.30am
Pm: Electric Picture
M6’s cosmic new production mixes illusion, animation and laughter plus a galaxy of delights to discover the magic and wonder in the universe, each other and ourselves. Mavis is on a journey North - to see nature’s biggest light show with her own eyes. With a little help from her cheeky cuckoo clock, mischievous mop bucket and a nice cup of tea, Mavis moves ever closer to making her dream come true.
Press quotes from M6's recent tours of ‘One Little Word’ and ‘Sunflowers and Sheds’:
"Beautifully and confidently made" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Spellbinding tale of friendship and growth" The Stage
The Nightingale of Southbank
RELATIVE PITCH OPERA
Sat 9 Mar Mollington and Backford Village Hall
Florence Easton was born in 1882 in South Bank, Middlesbrough. After training at the Royal Academy at the turn of the 20th century she went on to become one of our most versatile English opera singers and became known professionally as “The Nightingale of South Bank”.
Working with companies both in England and abroad Florence settled in America after the start of World War 1. She was famous for her ability to take an unknown part at very short notice and perform it flawlessly in public the same day. In 1918 At the Metropolitan Opera, New York she created the role of Lauretta in the world premiere of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, making her the first soprano ever to sing the famous aria “O Mio Babbino Caro”. Helena Leonard sings many of Florence’s famous arias from operas such as Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi and many more as she tells you the fascinating story about the varied career of Florence Easton, ‘The Nightingale of South Bank’.
"This was a superb evening with a gifted performer"
"Interesting and entertaining evening, unforgettable"
"Marvellous performance by Helena Leonard - what a voice!"
Audience member feedback at the Buxton Festival Fringe, July 2012
My Heart is Hitchiking Down Peachtree St
J FERGUS EVANS
Sat 16 March Whitby Hall Studio, Ellesmere Port – 2pm, 4pm and 6pm
Sun 17 March Bickerton Village Hall 5.30pm / 7pm / 8.30pm
Image by Off the Grid
My heart is hitchhiking down Peachtree St is a unique performance piece incorporating storytelling, animation, installation and performance art for three to eight audience members at a time.Fergus has lived in England for almost seven years. He hasn’t been back to his hometown in five.Using animation, installation, live and spoken word his new show is about trying to make sense of where you come from when you’re very far from home. Be transported to the sometimes strange, sometimes unreliable version of Georgia that exists in Fergus’ memory through storytelling, animation, and sound installation.
The show is performed for nine audience members at a time, so advance booking is recommended.
“Fergus Evans is a captivating performer. He weaves a world of words until you can hear the buzzing Cicadas and feel the sticky heat of his hometown, Atlanta in Georgia.” Kate Catling, Programme Manager, Contact Theatre
Handbag - The Musical !
THEATRE IN THE QUARTER
Sat 16 Mar Tarvin Community Centre
Fri 22 Mar Capenhurst and Ledsham Village Hall
Sat 23 Mar Oakmere Extra Care Housing, Handforth
Sat 30 Mar Wincham Community Centre
Co-promoted with CRTA. For other local venues see company website
Kimberley loves musicals, but at 30-something, working at a dead-end job and still living at home with her mum - life just isn’t working out like in the movies! ‘Handbag - The Musical!' is a brand-new sparkling musical comedy combining the talents of Keddy Sutton (rising star of the Liverpool comedy scene); acclaimed TV and theatre writer/ director Janys Chambers (‘The Harmonettes Go Into Orbit’, rated 5 stars at Edinburgh); and inspirational composer / Music Director Matt Baker (Theatre In The Quarter).
Laugh and cry as Kimberley chases after her dream, while enjoying all your favorite pop classics sung as you’ve never heard them before by the 40-strong fabulously funky choir, A Handbag Of Harmonies "World Class Act” – Chester Chronicle.
'Handbag - The Musical!'- is a musical with a difference!
A BIrd in Your Ear
Fri 22 March Great Budworth Primary School 4pm
Sat 23 March Mottram St Andrew Village Hall 3pm
Sat 13 April Bickerton Village Hall 3.30pm
Snail Tales brings a chance to enjoy stories you won't find anywhere else - because each one has been born in the minds of children. Genies in teapots and hatmunching squirrels are just a few of the characters joining boys
and girls like you on fantastical exploits, brought to life with puppetry, song, and more opportunities to jump on stage and join in.
Families with children aged 3-11 years will join our magicspinning storytellers on a journey through a creative world made for children, by the people who know them best - children!
“Refreshingly encapsulates everything that a child’s imagination should be... The inventive and wondrous childish mind is delightfully brought to life.” - The Stage
Thu 4 April The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall
Sat 6 April Bradwall Village Hall
Comic confusion spills from the kitchen, waiters and diners collide, lovers meet, identities are traded, secrets uncovered, denial and betrayal tear
friendships apart; dangerous comedy and a tragic night out are just some of the specials on the menu at Café Chaos.
Café Chaos mixes physical comedy, theatre, dance and music with a great story. It takes a close look at prejudice and denial in a humorous, downto-
earth way. Café Chaos will appeal to all ages. It’s a classic Kosh production; funny, superbly skilful, gloriously theatrical and guaranteed to keep the
audience on the edge of their seats. A really good night out.
“Positively dazzling.” What’s On Stage
“Wonderful theatrical creations.” The Scotsman
“Stylistic panache and technical brilliance.” Metro
Mon 22 April Dunham On the Hill Youth Club - 7PM
‘CountryBoy’s Struggle’, a solo show performed by Maxwell Golden, is a hilarious and emotionally endearing story which explores the joys, pains, excitement and isolation of living in both rural and urban environments. Maxwell, an inspirational young performer, jumps seamlessly into a huge range of characters, from locals boys in Bude to Hackney
rappers and London pigeons. Physical performance, witty rhymes and original music combine to create an immersive story which will connect to people of all backgrounds.
Maxwell is an experienced writer and performer, currently part of the Writer’s Hub at Soho Theatre and previously an Associate Artist at The Albany in Deptford and an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. His work has been commissioned by Birmingham Rep, Southbank Centre, Soho Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre.
“The show was excellent - wellpaced, clever, entertaining and involving Maxwell was a really warmperformer who pulled his audience into the piece.
His characterisation was ace and the story well-crafted.” -Mandy Precious, Artistic Director at The Burnley Youth Theatre
LITTLE CAULIFLOWER THEATRE COMPANY
Fri 26 April Goostrey Village Hall 7pm
Sat 27 April Tarvin Community Centre 6pm
This is a story about rubbish, in a way you have never seen it before. In a world where nothing is what it seems, and everything is animated, the rubbish dump is a place where laughter can be stumbled upon in
the unlikeliest of places.
During this uplifting show, the everyday objects humanity discards come to life, whilst a confused puppet in the middle tries to make sense of it all. This is a story about "the grass being greener" and finding out that that isn't really the case.
‘Street Dreams’ follows a bizarre day in the life of The Old Man. As he tries to go about his business, mischievous banana skins, aggressive plastic bags and a rubber glove with a nervous disposition are constantly pestering him. To what extremes will he have to go to find some peace and quiet?
The piece is articulated with live music and Foley sound influenced by Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedies and early Disney films. It combines their own form of Bunraku puppetry with contemporary clowning and abstract storytelling
"One of the most inventive and endearing shows... on this year’s
fringe. Utterly sweet and loveable play packed with visual invention"
The Scotsman - August 2011
In Praise of Elephants
FARNHAM MALTINGS THEATRE
Thu 2 May Whitby Hall Studio, Ellesmere Port 1pm
Sat 4 May Plumley Village Hall
‘In Praise of Elephants’ is a glorious celebration of the greatest animals on the planet – and a touching story of a man turning 60, who has an incredible
memory, the sweetest character, and whose life is about to be turned upside down. Now he must follow his instinct, cross mountains, face unknown
dangers, and make the journey of his life. Witten by local writer Kevin Dyer
the show will touch on: The realities and intricacies of family life, life-changing dramatic decisions, looking forward, a leap of faith, kindness, love of animals, acting on instinct, self-belief, happiness and sadness, reflection,
hope and living our dreams.
Sat 18 May Tarvin Community Centre
Sun 19 May The Festival Hall, Alderley Edge
It is June of the new Millennium.For eighty-year old Peter Walker,
ex-Battle of Britain pilot, an unexpected new challenge is about to begin. From the comfort of the Silver Birches Retirement Home, he must once again find the resilience, determination and strength to do what must be done. As he re-lives past glories, losses, wartime experiences, family
memories and the heady days of blue skies and battles, he searches
for the answer to the biggest question so far! Personal, charming, funny and
inventive, ‘Spitfire Solo’ is one man’s battle for survival, the second time around! Blending theatre, music and film in this multi-layered and textured
production, Nicholas Collett plays a multitude of characters and
recreates the Battle of Britain - onstage!
"Grabbed the controls on our imagination" Barefoot Review 5 stars
"Hugely entertaining" Adelaide Theatre Guide 4.5 stars
"Exceptional...a touching, engaging experience" The Adelaide Advertiser 4 stars
Tues 28 May Nantwich Players Theatre
Part of Nantwich’s 4 day festival
A comic, anarchic and touching adventure. Vamos Theatre, in a co-production with The Courtyard Hereford, is delighted to present its new full-mask touring production, Finding Joy.
Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory: her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When, out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, where will their unexpected and playful bond lead them?
Vamos Theatre creates innovative full-mask theatre that brims
with visual inventiveness, music, puppetry, dexterity and hilarity. Finding Joy is based on life events and true stories, and is created in association with movement play specialists JABADAO. It is funny and fearless theatre
from one of the UK’s foremost full- mask theatre companies.
"An affecting, heartfelt production that is funny and touching in turn” The Guardian
“Uplifting, funny, moving and wonderfully inventive…a truly magical piece of full-mask theatre” Hereford Times
Fri 7 June The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall
Sat 8 June The Goodwill Hall, Faddiley
Fri 21 June Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield
In the mind of the fantasist, the real and the fanciful become dangerously blurred.As Louise gazes into the night, her fancy takes form. Objects move,
time changes … and a seductive stranger opens up a world of exhilaration and magic. Spinning together puppetry, physical theatre and original music, Theatre Témoin explore the murky depths and glorious heights of bipolar disorder. The Fantasist had a sell-out 5-star run at the Underbelly at Edinburgh Festival Fringe after being nominated for an Off-West End
Award during a February 2012 London run.
"Hilarious and utterly astonishing."
- Edinburgh Guide *****
" - The Public Reviews *****
"An examination of the bipolar state which uses puppetry
to seriously good effect." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian