Families and children have a treat in store when THE TEAR THIEF, adapted from the book written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, tours to the egg theatre from Thursday 8 November to Saturday 10 November. Staged by London’s Little Angel Theatre in association with the Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, the show visits Bath for six performances and is recommended for children aged 3 and over.
This heart-warming, modern fairy tale of a magical world is brought to life by stunning puppetry in Little Angel’s new staging. The enchanting words of Carol Ann Duffy have been recorded by acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson as the soundtrack for this production.
Each evening, in the hours between supper and bedtime the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she moves soundlessly about the town in her silk slippers, collecting children’s tears. No one can see her, because her reflection is only visible in puddles, but wherever she goes, she works a special kind of magic, and the child she is visiting has no need to cry any more. But what does she do with all those tears?
The Tear Thief is directed by the Little Angel’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville, with music composed and performed live by James Hesford and set design by Simon Plumridge. Puppet design is by Jan Zalud and the puppeteers are Claire Harvey and Lowri James.
British poet, playwright and author Carol Ann Duffy is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009. She began writing poetry when she was age 11, inspired by the poetry she heard at school in her English lessons. Her poetry collections have won the Scottish Arts Council Award, a Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Other books she has written for children include The Lost Happy Endings and The Skipping-rope Snake.
Little Angel Theatre is “the Home of British Puppetry” and one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England dedicated to the celebration and development of puppetry and live animation. Established in 1961, the Islington-based theatre is the centre of the company’s activities and stands side-by-side with a workshop, where all new productions and puppets are developed, carved and constructed. For over 50 years, Little Angel has provided high quality puppet theatre for family audiences and is respected nationally and internationally for the artistic quality of its productions. Recent collaborations include joint productions with both the RSC and Kneehigh Theatre Company.
THE TEAR THIEF appears at the egg theatre from Thursday 8 November to Saturday 10 November. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg reception on 01225 823 409 or online via www.theatreroyalorg.uk