SPRAOI (LET’S PLAY) tours to Bath’s egg theatre on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April offering a glorious mix of Irish and Catalan in a play for children aged 3 years and over, which highlights the importance of communication and the comic confusion that can result from misunderstandings.
“This is top class theatre for any age: Don’t miss it.” – Irish Theatre Magazine
Performed by Jonathan Gunning and Miquel Barceló, Spraoi (Let’s Play) cleverly uses comedy and clowning to tell a simple story of two boys who arrive at the same place at the same time. They do not speak the same language and they do not understand each other’s signals. One of them likes to play by the rules and the other doesn’t. The boys must learn how to communicate with each other so that they can play together.
This bilingual production performed in Irish and Catalan, captures the struggles and the joy experienced by young children as they learn to interact with their contemporaries. Directed by Marc MacLochlainn, Spraoi – Let’s Play is presented by Galway-based theatre company Branar, who have been creating inspiring shows since 2001 that are not language dependent and that captivate audiences both young and old.
THE WAVING CAT OF JAPAN visits the egg theatre on Saturday 4th May as Krazy Kat Theatre brings its 30th anniversary show to Bath. This Bunraku puppet-style performance promises a fantastical, far Eastern adventure for audiences aged 3 years and over.
A visually exciting new Sign Language creation, The Waving Cat of Japan features a tropical storm, a wicked Sorceress, and a not-so-smart Prince with three tricky tasks to perform before midnight. Luckily, Maneki Neko, the Waving Cat is able to lend a hand – or rather a paw – to help save the day.
Maneki Neko, the Waving Cat, is the Japanese cat-shaped figurine of folk tales and legends which is said to bring good luck. Mixing in traditional Japanese images borrowed from the ‘Noh’ and ‘Kabuki’ theatre, this production is choreographed by Deaf Japanese Choreographer Chisato Minamimura and is part of Krazy Kat’s ‘Sign me up a Story’ project.
Founded in 1982, Krazy Kat is one of the few UK based theatre companies providing artistic opportunities and platforming the creative work of deaf artists. Each of their shows is accessible not only to deaf children and young people but also to their hearing peers and is performed by an integrated company of deaf and deaf aware practitioners. The only UK theatre company to use sign language in every one of their performances; Krazy Kat have performed to around three million people in a wide variety of venues over the past 30 years.
Tickets for both shows 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