The last 12 months have been really exciting for Bash Street Theatre with trips to Hong Kong and Bulgaria, and a hugely successful summer season in Cornwall and the South West with their new show “CLIFFHANGER!” – a silent movie pastiche. This attracted 37 contracts, and was seen by over 12,000 people. Premiered at Trevithick Day in Camborne, it was also performed at festivals in Glastonbury, Exeter, Paignton, Gloucester, Bideford, Penzance, Truro, Falmouth, Bodmin, St Austell, Camelford, and Liskeard to name but some of the South West venues.
One of our street shows, the ‘Ravioli Brothers’ a unicycling ‘gangster getaway’, was also very busy throughout the South West and beyond. Our two most far-flung ventures were a four-day contract to develop street theatre in Bulgaria (June 2002), performing to over 3,000 people; and also providing the entertainment for the opening of a prestigious new shopping centre during a five-day visit to Hong Kong (October 2001).
We then return for a busy Christmas season with Bash Street performing at many late night shopping evenings in Cornwall and beyond. ‘The Nutcrackers’ continue to be a success for this market as well our new stilt walkabout ‘The Guards’.
In January 2003 we will be rehearsing our new schools show ‘EnviroMen’ which will be touring 30 primary schools in Cornwall during February and March. This show is funded by Cornwall Environmental Trust and will highlight the environmental message of Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle.
Following the success of ‘CLIFFHANGER!’ during 2002, we have decided to tour this show for a second season. We have already produced new publicity, and in April we will be rehearsing and reworking it for 2003. This show has marked a departure for the company from which we aim to develop into the future.
The company will start researching and developing a new show that will be touring in summer 2004.
We are also currently looking at the possibility of developing an indoor circus cabaret show that will tour indoor venues in throughout the South West during the winter.