KITE

Tue 15 - Wed 16 March 2016

Spring 2016 | Family Show (7yrs +)

A Guardian Top Ticket!
A Stage Top Theatre Pick!
A What's On Stage Top show to see!

“An enchanting piece of theatre... thoughtful and truthful” 
✭✭✭✭✭ The Stage | more?

“A constant visual delight - magical” 
✭✭✭✭✭ Plays To See | more?

An adventure as wild as the wind

A lonely girl, recently orphaned, is taken to live in her grandma’s airless flat where the windows are shut tight. Her memories of seagulls, sand dunes and her Mother begin to fade in the silence. One night a handmade kite comes to life and heralds the start of a wild adventure and the chance to find what it seemed was lost forever.

Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a play without words, with originally composed music, dance, puppetry and of course kites.

From acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd,creators of inventive, playful and compelling new theatre (Swanhunter, Hag, The Girl with the Iron Claws), Kite is for audiences of all ages. A poignant love-song to the wind, freedom and play.

The Wrong Crowd in Association with Soho Theatre



www.wrongcrowdtheatre.co.uk


Pay What You Want (we recommend around £8!)
 

Cast

Girl Charlotte Croft
Grandma Liz Crowther
Woman Nicola Blackwell
Man Linden Walcott-Burton

Company

The Wrong Crowd

The Wrong Crowd was formed in 2011 as a collaboration between established theatre makers, writer/director Hannah Mulder, designer/puppet director Rachael Canning and Producer Bonnie Mitchell. We make work where the visual is integrated into the storytelling from the beginning of the creative process and where designers and directors co-create work on an equal footing. We love to tell powerful, moving, emotionally articulate stories that enable us to be inventive and playful in the way we tell them. Our aim is to delight, inspire and transport audiences of old and young together, igniting imaginations with a little bit of magic and reminding them of the wonder of live performance.

Our first show, The Girl with the Iron Claws, re-told a dark Norwegian fairy-tale about a wayward girl who runs away with a white bear. It was a sell-out, critically acclaimed success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, nominated for four awards, including a Total Theatre Emerging Award. A national tour in 2012 was followed by a second tour in 2013. The show has so far reached just under 10,000 people.

Our second show, HAG, weaving together some of the Baba Yaga stories from Slavic folklore, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and received a Herald Angel Award. It received further critical acclaim and toured in 2013 to Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth. HAG was made with support from Bristol Old Vic and Southbank Centre.

We were delighted for our third show Swanhunter to work with the brilliant Opera North as our first co-producing partner. It was incredible to return to the world of opera, where Hannah and Rachael first met, and bring Swanhunter to life in our unique Wrong Crowd way, premiering at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio before touring the UK.

Kite will be our fourth Wrong Crowd show. We are excited to be working in association with Soho Theatre and to premier the show as part of London International Mime Festival 2016. The show has been inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, it is a beautiful play without words for audiences of all ages.

www.wrongcrowdtheatre.co.uk

Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre creates and enables daring and original new work that challenges the status quo by igniting the imaginations of writers, artists and audiences. We initiate new conversations with London and the wider world through projects that celebrate creative participation, internationalism and freedom of expression. We nurture a socially and culturally broad audience for theatre and create a buzz around theatre as a living and relevant art form.

Soho Theatre's unique Writers’ Centre offers an invaluable resource to emerging theatre writers. The nation’s only unsolicited script-reading service, we report for free on over 2,000 plays per year. Through the Verity Bargate Award, the Writers’ Attachment Programme, and a host of development programmes and workshops we aim to develop groundbreaking writers and artists to broaden the definition of new theatre writing. Our learning and participation programme Soho Connect includes the innovative Under 11’s scheme, the Young Writers’ Group (18-25s), Script Slam and an annual site-specific theatre piece with the local community.



Reviews

“An enchanting piece of theatre striking a balance between its imagery and delicate choreography. The effect is thoughtful and truthful” 
✭✭✭✭✭ The Stage | more?

“A constant visual delight - magical” 
✭✭✭✭✭ Plays To See | more?

“Will delight audiences of all ages” 
✭✭✭✭✭ Everything Theatre | more?

“Who needs words, when theatre is this expressive? ...Stupendously good.”
✭✭✭✭ The Times  | more?

“A truly special piece of storytelling”
✭✭✭✭ Theatre Bubble  | more?

“The beauty of the stoytelling is superb... crafted with exquisite care”
✭✭✭✭ The Reviews Hub  | more?

“Poignant & moving yet entertaining & accessible”
✭✭✭✭ Londonist  | more?

“Waller-Bridge's composition is truly beautiful”
A Younger Theatre  | more?

“Entrancing to watch, resonates with all ages”
The Play's the Thing  | more?

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“Storytelling, puppetry and music meld to spellbinding effect” 
✭✭✭✭The Metro (on HAG, 2013)

"Ingenious theatrical economy"
✭✭✭✭The Observer (on Swanhunter, 2015)

“Both music and staging are expertly crafted, there are gasps of delight from both kids and adults”
The Times (on Swanhunter, 2015)

show details

Dates: Tue 15 - Wed 16 Mar
Times: 7pm (Tue), 10:30am & 7pm (Wed)
Running time: 60 minutes, no interval
Prices:  Pay what you want
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

Venue: Unity One

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