Monday, 15 October 2018

THE FIGS HAVE RIPENED

Should we put it down to Global Warming?
I planted a fig tree in a tub 30 years ago. It is now in a prominent position in the garden and dripping with ripe fruit.
AESOP'S TOURING THEATRE COMPANY is not quite so old but, it too, is brim full of plays and workshops designed for Children's Centres, Nurseries, Primary Schools and sometimes even the Young Seniors.
NEXT YEAR we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of  "WORLD WAR II".
Our eponymous play has all the ingredients, Evacuation,  Anderson and Morrison Shelters, Rationing, Home Guard, Black Market and much more. With extracts of original speeches, air raid sirens, bombings, sound tracks and music of the era, not to mention authentic props and costumes, it really does inspire.
And, to those who still remember the Blackout, it will prove very emotional.
I guarantee any who lived through that terrible time will need a box of tissues handy for the ending.
Of course, it is a subject about which the children can have absolutely no concept; being taught by teachers who also have no concept of how it was.
A very dark subject, but we have injected some humour to ensure it is not only educational, but enjoyable as well.
As I leave you, take a look at some of these photos, Albert.....








Monday, 1 October 2018

THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS YET?

We are now into the third week of the Autumn term and soon the high streets will be canvassing their Christmas wares.
I don't want you to miss out on what we have to offer.
All the kids love a pantomime and many get lucky enough to go and see one. But it aint cheap!
Sadly, there are many who cannot afford it.
With us, the panto comes to you. We have something for everyone: kids, teachers and parents and, what's more, at a fraction of what it would cost at the local theatre.
Our most popular festive show is "The Gingerbread Man" for the nursery and infants.
But, let us not forget "The Hare & the Tortoise" and "The Ugly Duckling": all perfect for the same ages.
Of course, we also have a couple just perfect for the juniors, "Robin Hood" and "Aesop's Fables".
Take a look at the commendations and pictures under "PRODUCTIONS".
In the meantime, here are just a few samples....
Until next time, Albert.....







Tuesday, 25 September 2018

"POOR OLD HENRY"

Can it really be true that Britain's most famous Monarch has been consigned to the hinterland?
Whatever  possessed our government to allow schools to opt out of Tudor studies?
Do they not know that Henry VIII changed the course of history and, more importantly, our country?
For goodness sake reinstate the Tudors to the National Curriculum as a core subject.

Enough of the "belly-aching"!

We have not forgotten him, and I want to tell you about our wonderful play "HENRY VIII"

Two actors with a myriad of props and costumes portray FIFTEEN different characters in this extravaganza of a production. For 70 minutes the children will be spellbound as Tudor history unfolds before them.
With fully researched facts and a lavish helping of music and humour, the audience will participate and live the life of the Tudors. Some will even experience a breathtaking execution as they march the poor queen to the Tower of London.

Without giving too much away, just take a look at some of these pictures. You will find more on our website with many commendations. Then email or call me and make sure your children enjoy learning about "POOR
OLD HENRY"
Until the next time, Albert.........



Saturday, 18 August 2018

AND THEN CAME THE RAIN!

Well, we all knew it could not last forever, but what a glorious Summer, and how much fun we had rehearsing with our new actress outdoors.
Alicia now knows all nine plays in which she will be performing, as the new school year begins next month: and we shall be off on holiday for a few days staying with friends in France.
Our next mailing will be hitting the schools as they return in September and, hopefully, the phone will melt!
I suspect we will be inundated with requests for presentations and workshops celebrating the 100 years since the end of World War I.
This could also prove an appropriate time to air our "TIMELINE" play.
If I have not mentioned it before, it is an 80 minutes extravaganza covering the period from STONE AGE MAN to THE PRESENT DAY.
One actor with a myriad of props and costumes portrays most of the important characters and events in English history.
It is truly spectacular: just take a look at some of the reviews on the website.
In the meantime, I will leave you with a few photos from the play.
Until next time, Albert....












Monday, 30 July 2018

REHEARSALS GOING WELL

Last time I wrote I promised you a photo of our new young actress, Alicia, and here she is.
No, not the one on the lead being petted, the other one!
 Come to think of it, I believe Alicia would have enjoyed performing inside T-REX. Jade certainly did.
I do hope our presentations helped the theme parks with their DINOSAUR GOLF.
Getting back to rehearsals, I never cease to be amazed at just how much one can learn and retain.
Think about this. If one is performing on, let us say, a London stage with six evening shows and a matinee, you learn the part, rehearse it and get up there and do it.
With us, you have to learn nine plays, even more than rep. and be able to conduct drama workshops based on them.
And, if that is not enough, there will be workshops not necessarily related to the plays that also require learning.
All in all, it's a hard life with little financial reward for most. But we love it, or we would not be here doing it day after day. I can hear them rehearsing as I write so, I think I shall go and watch.
                                                                                   Until next time, Albert........


Monday, 16 July 2018

AND STILL THE SUN KEEPS SHINING!

After the wettest Winter for some years, we are now enjoying the sunniest Summer since 1976.
I imagine it is waiting for the schools to break up and then will come the downfall.
In my day (here I go again!) it mattered not. We still made cycle speed tracks, bows and arrows, catapults and all manner of things liable to maim and kill ourselves and those around us.
How much is changed! The most likely injury to kids today is dropping their mobile or laptop on their foot.
Of course, such luxuries never existed back then and, even if they had, we could not have afforded them.
Enough of the reminiscing.
Today, we are having our first rehearsal with our talented new actor, Alicia, blocking some of our plays. Intensive rehearsals will begin soon, once the lines have been learnt.
Sadly, we will be losing Alia and Fergus at the end of the month as they pursue their careers in other directions. We wish them well and, of course, we will stay in touch as we have with others who have worked with us over the years.
Keeping this short today, but I will add a photo of Alicia next time I write.
In the meantime, take a look at these from our archives.
Albert....





Sunday, 24 June 2018

P.T.A. & FRIENDS WE DESPERATELY NEED YOU!

With a little bit of luck, BREXIT could be resolved before the end of this decade!
The housing shortage could then be tackled!
The N.H.S could be made to work better!
Obesity could be overcome! (Incidentally, why don't they just do what they did with tobacco - keep everything that contains sugar under lock and key. And, whilst they are about it, include all foodstuffs that contain salt. That would make shopping so much easier!)
Where was I ?
Oh yes,
EDUCATION
Has anyone in Government ever considered the possibility that this Country's future depends on the young?
I suspect not. Otherwise, we would be spending a great deal more on educating them.
So, it falls on the public to do more.
We hear regularly of situations where there has to be a "whip round" to buy pencils, books and even toilet paper.
So what chance the ARTS and DRAMA!
Live drama has long been recognised as a powerful tool in the education process; whether it be watching PERFORMANCES or participating in WORKSHOPS.
If THEATRE IN EDUCATION is to survive, it needs the help of the teachers, parents and friends.
Be prepared to go out and raise funds. Dig deep in your pockets and provide subsidies.
After all, your Government is showing little interest!
Finished bitching but, just before I go, take a look at some photos from a play we recently performed. See if you can guess what it was.
Until again, Albert .....