Touring news - June 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 28th May, 2017

Beyond The End Of The Road, Mirror Mirror, Romeo And Juliet, And Here I Am

Beyond The End Of The Road – tour starts 2 June

Fulfilling its remit to make exceptional performance accessible to rural communities, The National Rural Touring Forum programme continues with Beyond The End Of The Road.

Created by November Club in association with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme from stories and anecdotes from seven villages and a cattle auction mart in Northumberland, Beyond the End of the Road is a new musical.

Touring to the villages that helped create it, local talent will also appear making each performance unique.

Beyond The End Of The Road visits Hexham Auction Mart, Northumberland, Thropton War Memorial Hall, Northumberland, Felton Village Hall, Northumberland, Kirknewton Village Hall, Northumberland, Norham Village Hall, Northumberland, Shilbottle Community Hall, Northumberland, Bardon Mill and Henshaw Hall, Northumberland and Whalton Village Hall, Northumberland.

Mirror Mirror – tour starts 15 June

Young people’s theatre company Oily Cart is touring its show Mirror Mirror, which provides a unique and multi-sensory theatrical experience for children and young people with complex disabilities.

Mirror Mirror is set in an immersive and fully tactile beauty parlour creating a world of sparkling light and magical mirrors, complemented by the aroma of perfume, accompanied by live music.

The show has been devised for both children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and for those on the autism spectrum. Each performance lasts 55 minutes with no interval.

Support materials are available from the Oily Cart web site.

Mirror Mirror is written by Tim Webb and the music is composed by Micol Degl’Innocenti and music director Max Reinhardt.

Ellie Griffith directs a cast made up of Micol Degl’Innocenti, Griff Fender, Tom Gadie and Fatima Niemogha.

Mirror Mirror visits schools and The Hive (Autism version), Warwick Arts Centre (PMLD and Autism version), Gulbenkian Kent (PMLD and Autism version) and the egg Bat (PMLD and ASC version).

Romeo And Juliet – tour starts 21 June

Not-for-profit touring theatre company Shakespeare In The Squares is taking Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet around some of London's squares and parks providing a showcase for talented young theatre practitioners.

The production is tailored to the venues; the company works with garden committees and local organisations to create a unique community event. Romeo and Juliet has been re–set in 1950s Naples and it is directed by Tatty Hennessy.

The cast is made up of Jack Brett as Mercutio, Naomi Bullock as Lady Capulet, Andrew Gallo as Prince / Paris, Indigo Griffiths as Juliet, Liz Marsh as Nurse / Lady Montague, Bruce Panday as Lord Capulet, Julia Righton as Sister Laurence, Hannah Sinclair as Benvolio, Adam Strawford as Romeo and Roger Suubi as Tybalt.

Romeo and Juliet visits Leinster Square, St James’s Gardens, Elgin & Arundel Gardens, Queen's Park, Norland Square, Bedford Square Festival, Norfolk Square Gardens, St James's Square, Connaught Square, Warrington Crescent, Little Wormwood Scrubs, Ladbroke Square and Cleveland Square.

And Here I Am – tour starts 27 June

And Here I Am is a dark, political coming-of-age comedy.

In this new piece of writing by award-winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak, And Here I Am charts Ahmed Tobasi's story from his birth in a Palestinian refugee camp onwards, mixing fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy.

The play is directed by Zoe Lafferty and presented by charity Developing Artists and Shubbak.

And Here I Am visits Cheltenham The Everyman, Southampton The Nuffield, Arcola Theatre London as part of the Shubbak Festival, The Lowry Salford as part of the Shubbak Festival, The Unity Theatre Liverpool as part of the Shubbak Festival, The Bike Shed Theatre Exeter as part of the Boat Shed Festival, Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, The North Wall Oxford, ADC Theatre Cambridge and The Cut Arts Centre Halesworth.

Check web sites for information regarding post–show Q&As, captioned, signed and relaxed performances, and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.