This Christmas, a magical new production of Heidi – A Goat’s Tale takes to the stage at the egg theatre from Saturday 8 December to Sunday 13 January. This highly visual and inventive production, suitable for audiences aged 6 years and over, tells the well-loved story of an irrepressible little girl with a big heart and features a herd of hysterically funny mountain goats.
A celebration of friendship, nature and family, this heart-warming Christmas treat is full of humour. In a side-splitting twist the classic Swiss story is told by a herd of goats, who find themselves acting out the tale. The adventures of Heidi, who changes the lives of everyone she meets, promises a thrilling and comical show featuring live music, yodelling, clog dancing and plenty of Alpine surprises.
Nominated for the Best Children’s Play in the TMA Awards 2009 and the Adrienne Benham Award for Children’s Theatre Writing 2010, this acclaimed new adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s much-loved story, is written by Andrew Pollard and was originally performed by Northern Broadsides.
For this special show, designer Hayley Grindle will transform the egg’s auditorium into a glorious technicolour Alpine landscape, transporting audiences to the mountain tops, where a clock face becomes the moon, a bath tub becomes a toboggan and snow is falling.
The role of Heidi is played by Caroline Horton, who enjoyed a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Festival 2012 with her show, Mess, which won a Stage Award for Best Ensemble. Mess will visit the egg theatre next April. Caroline also won Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards 2010 for her one woman show You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, which continues to tour nationally and internationally.
Playing the role of Billy Goat, Tether, is Bath-based actor John Biddle, who makes a welcome return to the egg theatre after his memorable, show-stopping performances in the last three egg Christmas shows. Ear
Bristol-based actor Tom Wainwright appears as Kid, Yan. As well as performing at the Bristol Old Vic many times, his theatre credits include roles for the Tobacco Factory, Hull Truck and BBC Radio 4. His solo shows Buttercup and Pedestrian have toured internationally; the latter also toured to the Ustinov Studio.lier this year he toured the UK in My Mother Told Me Not To Stare staged by Theatre Hullabaloo, which visited the egg in June.
Hannah Emanuel plays the role of Kid, Tan. On stage, she has worked with the National Theatre Studio, Manchester Royal Exchange and is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Simple 8 Theatre Company. Angela Bain appears as Nanny Goat, Mether. Her many stage credits include roles for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Cheltenham Everyman and Regent’s Park Theatre.
Composer and musician Paul Dodgson is joined on stage by Cornish multi-instrumentalist, Seamas Carey, who has worked with Kneehigh Theatre Company and the Eden Project. Between them they will play piano, accordion and double bass, joined by members of the cast who will also play musical instruments during the show.
Music and lyrics are by Paul Dodgson. Writer-in-residence at Exeter University, his credits include, director and composer on Ivan and the Dogs (BBC Radio 4); sound designer for Ben Hur at the Theatre Royal Bath; music and lyrics for The French Detective and the Blue Dog and Alice Through the Looking Glass; composer and sound designer for The Nutcracker; and composer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the egg theatre.Director Lee Lyford’s previous productions include the egg theatre’s Christmas productions of The French Detective and the Blue Dog in 2011; Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2010; Around the World in 80 Days in 2009; and The Nutcracker in 2008. In 2011, The Nutcracker was revived in a large scale production as part of the biennial Family Theatre Festival. In 2010, Lee directed Ben Hur, as featured on BBC1’s Imagine, in an hour-long documentary about the large scale community project at the Theatre Royal Bath. His credits also include work for Bristol Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse, Tobacco Factory and Sheffield Crucible.
Design is by Hayley Grindle whose work includes The French Detective and the Blue Dog (egg), Ben Hur (Theatre Royal Bath), The Nutcracker (egg), Animal Farm (The Peter Hall Company, Bath), God in Ruins (RSC) and A Day to Remember (Soho).
Heidi – A Goat’s Tale appears in the egg theatre at the Theatre Royal Bath from Saturday 8 December to Sunday 13 January. To book tickets contact the egg theatre on 01225 823 409 or Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk