20/21 season of shows

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Ages: 6 to 9 years

100% in English

LATEST NEWS REGARDING THIS PRODUCTION

For the moment, we are offering a new version of this show more suited to the requirements of the COVID-19 situation. We have created a smaller format designed to be performed  in schools OR online.  More details on the TEACHERS page.

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   We transform this classic tale into a highly comical play starring a silly king, an eccentric fairy, a bossy servant, a stupid prince and a Sleeping Beauty with her own share of personal shortcomings!  For our story, we were inspired by Charles Perrault’s 1697 version which only gets interesting after the famous waking kiss. This is when the Prince marries the Sleeping Beauty and takes her home to meet his mother - a grumpy Ogress whose hunger for a strange kind of meat makes the young girl’s life very difficult indeed.              

   Our funny fairytale has got live  music and singing, silly antics and lots of action. We also want to show how typical fairy tales can be told in many different ways, and how fairytale characters may not always be what they appear to be!   

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Synopsis

        Our special "Covid" adaptation for this 2020-21 school season  is designed for ONE actor

Our story is told through the eyes of  the character of Mandon, the King's servant who - with the help of the puppet-dolls seen above - narrates how a sleeping princess is awakened after a hundred years with a kiss from a prince.  But then the story continues:  Dawn, the princess, and Memo, the prince, travel to his castle, accompanied by Dawn’s beloved dog, Felipe.  Following close behind in secret is Ada, the Good Fairy, who wants to make sure Dawn is safe.  Memo’s mother is an ogress (Ogra) and, at times, she can be grumpy, but her son’s presence and her special pills keep her calm and well-behaved.     

       Unfortunately, Memo has to leave home to fight a dragon, so Dawn and Felipe are alone with his mother.  Memo’s absence has a bad effect on the ogress, and she also stops taking her pills.  The result is that Ogra begins to take a strange interest in Felipe.  In fact, the ogress is so taken by the dog that Dawn begins to worry.  Is Felipe in danger?  And will Ada, who has been secretly keeping an eye on them, be able to help? 

 

PENALTY

   Penalty is a story of courage and ambition which centres around Teri, a teenage girl with an unusual dream: to play professional football.  It aims to encourage young audiences to believe in themselves and to fight to achieve their goals, no matter the odds.  Inspired by a real life “Teri”, our show offers themes young people can easily identify: teenage love, problems with parents, and sexism.

Ages: 10 to 13 years

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100% in English

LATEST NEWS REGARDING THIS PRODUCTION

For the moment, we are offering a new version of this show more suited to the requirements of the COVID-19 situation. We have created a smaller format designed to be performed  in schools OR online.  More details on the TEACHERS page.

Synopsis

Our special "Covid" adaptation for this 2020-21 school season  is designed for ONE actor.

The story is told through the eyes of our protagonist, Teri. She is a bright sixteen year old student who loves to play football and who lives in an English town where narrow-minded views are commonplace. Many of people criticise her for playing football; it’s a boys’ sport after all, they say.   She also has to face the opposition of her father who wants her to concentrate on her studies. But Teri is determined. When she reads about some trials for a professional under-18 boys’ team in the big city, she seizes the opportunity and goes to Manchester. There she is warmly welcomed by the owner of the team, Mrs Edwards and her son, Michael.  However, the team’s coach, Mr. Dunn, is not so welcoming. This rude and unsociable man takes an instant dislike to Teri, and tries to make her life as difficult as possible, even to the point of putting her in danger.

 

THE MERCHANT OF

VENICE

Ages: 14 years and above

 

A one person show of “The Merchant of Venice”

by W. Shakespeare

​100% in English

LATEST NEWS REGARDING THIS PRODUCTION

 

For the moment, we are offering a new version of this show more suited to the requirements of the COVID-19 situation. We have created a smaller format designed to be performed  in schools OR online.  More details on the TEACHERS page.

The Merchant of Venice is a late 16th-century play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant, named Antonio, defaults on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender.  While Antonio is central to this play, - after all, he is the Merchant of Venice - the most interesting character is Shylock, the Jew who sues Antonio for a lethal “pound of flesh” in return for not paying his debts.  

     Shakespeare’s Jew is a complex, ambiguous figure who combines an uncompromising cruelty with a frail and vulnerable humanity.  Is Shylock a tormented figure or is he a tormentor? Is he the victim, or the abuser?  Whatever you believe, these famous lines from the old Jew never fail to impress today’s audiences:  "Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, ...warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? ... And if you wrong us, shall we not take revenge?”   

    Whether Shylock is to be hated or pitied is up to the audience. Shakespeare does not judge him and, in keeping with the Bard, our version also allows our audiences to decide for themselves.  

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Synopsis

Our special "Covid" adaptation for this 2020-21 school season  is designed for ONE actor.

The story is told through the eyes of a secondary character named Leo, a cleaner and servant of Signior Bassanio. Through Leo, we learn about Bassanio, who plans to marry the rich Lady Portia.   He asks a merchant friend,  Signior Antonio, for money so he can impress Portia, but all of Antonio’s money is unwisely invested in his trading ships. To help Bassanio, the merchant asks the usurer, Shylock for a loan. The Jew agrees, but with a condition: if Antonio cannot pay back the loan by a certain date, he will cut out a pound (kilo) of flesh from the merchant's body.  Antonio, surprisingly, accepts the strange deal.

       Meanwhile, Shylock is furious: his daughter Jessica has run away from home to marry her Christian lover after stealing part of her father's wealth.  As for the merchant, Antonio loses all his ships in a terrible storm. He is ruined financially and cannot pay Shylock back his money. The Jew seeks revenge.  He takes the merchant to court where he insists Antonio must fulfil the contract:  that is  allow Shylock to cut a pound of flesh from his body.

 
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We accompany a little girl called Rachel who goes on a fantastic adventure inside a Rainbow!  There she will discover a magical world filled with colour and make friends with lots of funny, eccentric characters.  She will also meet Freddy, a frog who is sad because he has lost his beautiful colour green. Rachel, along with the young spectators, will make Freddy happy by helping him find his beautiful colour again.

   Rachel and the Rainbow is a story about a beautiful friendship and about the importance of helping those in need. We also touch on the theme of justice, and how justice is better achieved if we work together as a team.   

     Aimed at very young children who are taking their first steps in learning English, we offer a theatrical experience, told simply and directly, that is both visual and interactive, with music, games, excitement... and lots of fun.

 

“Rachel & the Rainbow” is designed to be performed in schools.


 

Ages: 3 to 6 years

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RACHEL and the

RAINBOW

 

80% or 100% in English

Synopsis

 

Rachel is a little girl who loves colours. One night, a rainbow magically appears in her bedroom and she is invited to enter by Mr. Sun. There she discovers a world of colours and meets lots of different characters who live there:  the orange Mrs. Carrot, the red Mr. Tomato, the purple Miss Flower and the blue Mr. Bucket.  Rachel wants to find her favourite colour, which is green,  and continues her journey through the rainbow, but to her surprise, she enters a world of gray where a strange little frog lives.  His name is Freddy and he is no longer the colour green because the evil Mr. Gray has stolen all the green in the Rainbow.  Freddy is very sad and does not know what to do. Rachel decides to take action. Together with the help of the children in the audience, Mr. Sun and Mr. Bucket - and a little magic -  she helps the frog defeat Mr. Gray and find his natural colour again. Freddy is very happy, and so is Mr. Sun because the Rainbow has now been restored to its former glory.