Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Two interesting days

Last week saw us at two very different venues.

On Monday we performed "The Story of Aesop's Fables" and conducted a Drama Workshop for Richmond Mencap at Orleans School in Twickenham. The play was a great success and everyone had a deal of fun with the Workshop, none more so than the carers and helpers. The groups came up with some really novel, and often amusing ideas for their 2/3 minute performances, and we all went away knowing it had been very worthwhile.

In contrast, on Thursday we travelled north to Worksop, and performed "Not such an Ugly Duckling" to a packed house at the Acorn Community Theatre. A venue we have visited before, and one that always makes us truly welcome. The children and the adults were enthralled by the puppets, and we breathed a big sigh of relief since this was our first puppet show in a theatre. The initial stage fright soon melted away as the audience quickly took up the theme and really got into it. It certainly helped with the long journey home.

Gingerbread Man at Lains Barn

The Gingerbread Man has certainly run away from some magnificent places in his attempts at finding somewhere better to live, but he would be hard pressed to improve on this one for his perfect home.
Dating in part from 1750, this listed timber building set in rural Oxfordshire with views over the Vale of the White Horse, and once a store for corn, was the perfect venue for our most popular play for the very young.
Yesterday, we entertained an almost full house and, despite the hot sunny weather, and with all "his run, run as fast as you can" our eponymous hero managed to keep his cool.
The kids had a wonderful time, as did all the mums, and a good many dads and grand folk.
We hope to be back there in the Autumn half term with two more of our favourite plays.
Many thanks Lains Barn for a glorious day.

Friday, 14 August 2009

"The long hot Summer"

On the 6th August we had a welcome break from the intensive rehearsal schedule, and had the pleasure of entertaining children at the Children's Theatre Marquee as part of Cambridge City Council's "Summer in the City 2009" festival at Jesus Green.
It poured with rain all the way there from Woking, but 30 minutes after we arrived at 9.00 a.m. the sun came out and stayed with us all day until the return journey. In fact, we just about got loaded when the Heavens opened.
What a super day it was. We performed "The Gingerbread Man" to a packed house in the morning, and "Search for the Lost Tomb", our play on Ancient Egypt, to a large receptive audience in the afternoon.
Between times we enjoyed the many delights of that historic University City, including watching the many punts on the river Cam.