A fun-packed week of Half Term entertainment at Bath’s egg theatre starts with a visit from Cahoots NI, one of Northern Ireland’s leading youth theatre companies, as they present their latest touring production, coincidently named EGG, appearing from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 October.
Inspired by the delightful picture book for young children called Egg and Bird by Alex Higlett, Cahoots NI’s critically acclaimed stage production, Egg, combines technical excellence with literal flights of imagination to ensure a magical experience for audiences aged 3 years and over.
Magic, music and an egg combine in this charming story which unfolds on a tiny, rustic set, exquisitely constructed out of twigs, feathers and shell. Audience members join two madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This enchanting tale draws children in close to a beautiful, intricate set, to tell a story of friendship, wonder and tender loving care.
The fun continues when Dumbshow Theatre Company arrives in Bath to present CLOCKHEART BOY on Monday 29October and Tuesday 30 October. Recommended for ages 6 and over, this heart-stealing, original fairytale will delight adults and children alike as it explores love, loss and friendship. In addition, workshops are also available for young people who would like to work with the actors and learn drama skills before watching the show.
When a boy with no heart is washed ashore, the Professor and his creations vow to bring him back to life. Clockheart Boy learns with wide-eyed wonder the joys of stargazing, dancing, romance and friendship. Yet he soon discovers that a shadow lies over the secluded castle, in the form of the Professor’s daughter, who disappeared some years before.
Michael Bryher directs the energetic ensemble cast, while Rollo Clarke plays his hauntingly beautiful piano score live onstage dressed as a wind-up pianist, replete with a turning key in his back.
The script is written by Sam Gayton, a founding member of Dumbshow Theatre and a published children’s author. Sam moved to Bath aged 26 to take the ‘Writing for Young People’ MA at Bath Spa University, which he completed in 2009. Whilst living in Bath, Sam also worked as a Teaching Assistant at Widcombe Church of England Junior School for 2 years. He launched his debut novel ‘The Snow Merchant’ at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature in September 2011.
Now living in London, Sam is returning to Bath to see the show and bringing a party of children from Widcombe to the egg. He said,
“It’s great to finally be able to show Clockheart Boy to my old pupils, but a bit nerve-wracking too. On the Year 6 holiday camp, I used to read them bits from my novel before it was published and they gave me lots of feedback, so I suppose they were my first editors!”
Younger theatregoers aged from 3 to 5 years will enjoy the interactive performance WOODLAND which tours to the egg theatre from Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November with three performances daily.
Woodland is a safe place for rare creatures, it’s a place where experts manage a strict daily routine and give lessons in super-safe creature care. But they have a new arrival, one who doesn’t work to
routines. Audience members will find out what happens when an excitable new creature sets out in search of an adventure. Creating an interactive world for young children and families to explore, audiences will have the opportunity to play in the Woodland installation after the performance.
Tickets for all three productions 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