Touring News – October 2017

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 29th September, 2017

Slava, Under Glass, Great Odds, Peppa Pig, Tidy Up, All In

Slava’s Snowshow – tour starts 17 October

Slava’s Snowshow had its UK première at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 and has won hearts of all ages the world over ever since.

It is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and a Drama Desk award for most unique theatrical experience, amongst other gongs.

Influenced by artists such as Chaplin, Marcel Marceau and Engibarov, Slava’s Snowshow uses theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle.

Slava’s Snowshow now tours again settling in London over Christmas for the fifth time. The tour starts in October at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and visits The Lowry Salford, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, King’s Theatre Glasgow, Theatre Royal Norwich, Bristol Hippodrome and Mayflower Southampton.

Under Glass – tour starts 18 October

Clod Ensemble’s productions often evolve over many years and both music and movement have been reworked for the production of Under Glass which starts its tour in October.

Originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Under Glass is one of Clod Ensemble’s most iconic works, an inventive, haunting promenade work said to sit somewhere between immersive installation and staged performance. Its original production won the 2009 Total Theatre Award for Physical and Visual Theatre.

The show features specially commissioned text by award-winning poet Alice Oswald which is woven into the fabric of an original score by British theatre composer Paul Clark.

Sound and light work together to guide the audience throughout a space laid out with seven glass containers holding eight performers appearing like specimens.

Under Glass is directed by Suzy Willson. It is produced in association with Fuel.

Under Glass tours to The Lowry Salford as part of the Manchester Science Festival, Hackney Showroom London (presented by Sadler's Wells), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Brighton and Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff.

Great Odds – tour starts 18 October

Great Odds is a new show from Mac’s Arcadian for 6- to 11-year-olds and their families.

Using puppetry, visual storytelling, drama, music and sound with British Sign Language, it tells the story of Marco who communicates through speech and sign language, Grouch who uses British Sign Language (BSL) and Jewels, a musician, who communicates through music and mime and what the trio do when they are threatened with eviction from their theatre.

A collaboration with a d/Deaf and hearing company, the show has been co-produced with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, where the tour opens.

Great Odds then visits Mercury Theatre Colchester, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, The Egg Bath Theatre Royal, York Theatre Royal, Northern Stage Newcastle and Little Angel London.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure – tour starts 20 October

Peppa Pig is on tour again in a new show Peppa Pig’s Adventure.

This Peppa Pig show has once again been written by Richard Lewis; it features interactive fun, songs and games with Peppa Pig and her friends. The music is by BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure opens at Dartford Orchard Theatre and visits Cardiff New Theatre, Dunstable Grove Theatre, Guildford G Live, Birmingham New Alexandra, Shrewsbury Severn Theatre, High Wycombe Swan Theatre, Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Kings Theatre Southsea, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Theatre Oxford, Princes Hall Aldershot, Marina Theatre Lowestoft, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Dorking Halls, Hackney Empire, The Marlowe Canterbury, Cliffs Pavilion Southend, New Wimbledon Theatre, Watford Coliseum, Manchester Opera House, The Lighthouse Theatre Kettering and Palace Theatre Mansfield.

Tidy Up – tour starts 23 October

Tidy Up is a new touring dance theatre show for young children.

It is a non-verbal show featuring original music, visuals, dance and movement to explore notions of chaos and order and investigate those universal questions as to why some of us gravitate towards mess and whether there is a right way to tidy up?

In writing the show, Great Ormond Street Hospital partner Peut Être has worked closely with clinicians in researching the effect organisational challenges have on the neurological and cognitive development in early years.

The performers are Maya Politaki, Anna Wolhouse and Charlie Hendren.

Tidy Up is directed by Peut Être’s artistic director Daphna Attias. The composer is Yaniv Fridel and the movement director is Ayse Tashkiran.

The show has been developed in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH ARTS), patients and families. Tidy Up is presented by Peut Être Theatre and GOSH Arts.

Tidy Up will runs at Watermans Arts Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Egg Bath, Royal Alberts Hall – The Elgar Room, Southstreet Reading, Artsdepot London, Lighthouse Poole, Cambridge Junction Theatre, Canada Water Cultural Space, The Lowry, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, Luton Library Theatre, Southbank Centre – The Blue Room, Polka Theatre London, Stratford Circus, Barnsley Civic, Albany Depford and Pontio Bangor.

All In – tour starts 23 October

Barcelona based experimental Catalan company ATRESBANDES, in English gang of three, present All In a surreally humorous look at what it means to be an individual, or to conform, in the 21st century.

Devised and performed by Mònica Almirall Batet, Albert Pérez Hidalgo, Miquel Segovia Garrell and Melcior Casals Castellar, All In uses soundscapes, visual effects and video in what at first appears to be an abstract selection of scenes to expose its theme of the individual versus the mass.

All In was seen last year at HOME Manchester and at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Amongst the company's other successes are Solfatara which picked up a First Prize and Audience Prize at BE Festival 2012 and Locus Amoenus.

All In was commissioned by HOME, Manchester and Festival TNT—Terrassa Noves Tendències/CAET, Barcelona with additional support from Sala Baratza, CC Navas, Espai Maragall, Casa de las Artes, Sala Hiroshima and Lighthouse, Poole.

The show visits mac Birmingham, Harrogate Theatre, Caedmon Hall at Gateshead Central Library, Lighthouse Poole, Gulbenkian Canterbury and New Diorama Theatre London.

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.