Bucket List, Babe, Anita And Me
Bucket List – tour starts 13 February
Theatre Ad Infinitum is touring its Edinburgh hit, Bucket List.
The play has an all-female cast and uses the company's signature style of physical storytelling, live music, song and a nod to classic revenge thrillers, in this story about an ordinary Mexican woman's quest for justice after her mother is murdered for protesting against corruption.
Written and directed by Nir Paldi with music by Amy Nostbakken, Bucket List won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2016.
The cast is made up of Tamsin Clarke, Charli Dubery, Luisa Guerreiro, Orian Michaeli, Deborah Pugh and Shamira Turner. The live musician is Haruna Komatso.
Bucket List starts its tour at Battersea Arts Centre www.bac.org.uk as part of its Cash, Capitalism and Corporations season then visits Bristol Grammar School, Heads Up Festival Hull, The North Wall Oxford, Platform 8 Festival, Peterborough, Chats Palace Arts Centre London, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Jabberwocky Market Festival Darlington, Tolmen Centre Cornwall, Strike a Light Festival Gloucester, Brewhouse Arts Centre Burton, Doorstep Theatre Festival Torbay, Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham, Lincoln Drill Hall, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Wigan Arts Festival, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Paint the Town Festival, Medway, The Space Sevenoaks School Performing Arts Centre, The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury and The Lowry, Salford Quays and Looping the Loop Festival Thanet www.loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk. Further venues are to be announced.
Babe, The Sheep-Pig - tour starts 13 February
Babe, The Sheep-PigLondon's Polka Theatre.
The show is written by David Wood based on the best-selling book by Dick King-Smith which was also made into a film of the same name. Wood's writing credits include adaptations of Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. He also wrote the book and lyrics for The Go-Between.
Babe, The Sheep-Pig uses puppetry and song to tell its tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.
The cast of actor-musicians is comprised of Emma Barclay, Nicola Blackman, Oliver Grant and Ben Ingles. The cast also features Claire Greenway, Jacqui Sanchez, Lucy Thomas and Sam Wilmott.
The director is Michael Fentiman and the puppetry director Matthew Forbes. The puppet designers are Max Humphries and Dik Downey and the original music is by Barnaby Rose.
Babe, The Sheep-Pig visits West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds, Theatre By The Lake Keswick, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne, Theatre Royal Margate, Hall For Cornwall Truro, Wycombe Swan High Wycombe, Connaught Theatre Worthing, The Pavilion Bournemouth, The Lowry Salford, Theatre Royal Norwich, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Wyvern Theatre Swindon, Venue Cymru Llandudno, Embassy Theatre Skegness, Orchard Theatre Dartford, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Grand Theatre Blackpool, His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen, The Alban Arena St Albans, Grand Theatre Swansea, Palace Theatre Southend, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The Hawth Crawley, Watford Colosseum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and King’s Theatre Edinburgh. Further dates to be announced.
Anita And Me – tour starts 14 February
The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre are to tour Meera Syal's Anita And Me in an adaptation by Tanika Gupta with original music by the Ringham Brothers.
Roxana Silbert is to direct a cast led by Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies' Shobna Gulati.
Laura Aramayo, Sam Cole, Therese Collins, Rina Fatania, Rebekah Hinds, Sejal Keshwala, Robert Mountford, Megan McCormick, Tom Oakley, Humera Syed, Aaron Virdee, Aasiya Shah and Claire Worboys will be joined by eight actors drawn from the local community
This is a coming-of-age story; set in the 1970s, young Meena is growing up in the only Punjabi family in a Black Country mining village. Then Anita arrives but is she what she seems?
Anita And Me opens at Wolverhampton Grand then tours to April visiting Cheltenham Everyman, Blackpool Grand, Theatre Royal Nottingham, Alhambra Theatre Bradford and Kings Theatre Edinburgh.