Theatre

Live and Local professional theatre

Professional theatre shows announced, starting in October

The Foxlowe is proud to work with Live&Local to present professional theatre shows.  Live&Local is the touring network which offers theatre, as well as music and dance, to venues like ours.   Serious shows, light-hearted shows, shows for young children – we range across the repertoire with a number of one-night performances.

The next season starts in October, and here’s an update on it.  We’ve been awarded 4 shows, two before and two after Christmas.

On Saturday 19 October we’re presenting “Once Upon a TimeThe Misadventures of the Brothers Grimm“, described as ‘anarchic comedy at its best’.

The Brothers Grimm are about to publish the final volume of what will become the greatest collection of fairy-tales:  but on the eve of publication a shadowy figure from their past lets it be known he intends to collect an old debt, and kidnaps them.

So now their lesser known (but incredibly brave) sister Lotte has to travel deep into the Fairy Tale Kingdom and confront a great evil in order to save her beloved older brothers.

Is our heroine in grave danger?  Yes.   From what?  Lots of things.  Will she make it back alive?  We can’t tell you.

Accessible and hilarious, this comedy fairy-tale combines a distinctive mixture of music, theatre, slapstick and puppetry.  Lotte must travel deep into the Fairy Tale Kingdom and confront the evil Rumpelstiltskin in order to save her beloved older brothers.   A show for the entire family – recommended age 7 and up.  The Oxford Times says it “thrilled and delighted an audience of all ages”, and a Devon promoter reported ““Very, very good. The teenagers loved the macabre humour. Wonderful characters and plots skilfully told.”

Tickets are now available for this at the Foxlowe as well as online.

This is followed on 23 November by an unusual and exciting version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, presented by Oddbodies.

Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, the tragic trajectory of Lear’s demise is presented to you from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. This one-man show is inventive, irreverent and highly accessible.   ‘Oddbodies is that rare thing, a genuinely original blast of fresh air… unique.’ Evening Standard

In the New Year, in January we’re presenting a show for our youngest audiences (aimed at 3 – 6 year olds)  and in March there will be a welcome return of one of last year’s really well liked companies with  Twisted Tales II.

 

Live&Local is funded by Arts Council England, and gratefully supported by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  Other Moorlands places which also receive L&L work include Alstonefield, Biddulph Moor, Blythe Bridge, Calton, Foxt and Swythamley.  You can find the list of nearby Live&Local shows online at liveandlocal.org.uk and looking at “What’s On”.

 

Michael Quine

 

 

 

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