We’ve been flexing our muscles, limbering up and getting into training with some preview performances of our new street theatre show, THE STRONGMAN, ready to launch our summer season with a trip to Romania at the beginning of June.
With the Olympic Games looming, it might look like we’re cashing in on the sporting theme, but our Strongman is very much of the old fashioned, travelling circus variety. In fact, sadly we have to report that our Strongman has died and if a replacement cannot be found then his female assistant will be left home
less and destitute. Will she find someone strong enough to take The Strongman’s place? Come along and find out!
THE STRONGMAN rehearsals started in France with a 10-day residency at Le Fourneau, creation centre in Brest. Here we had the help of an outside director, the wonderful Fabrice Bisson, from the French street theatre company Joe Sature et ses Joyeux Osselets. We also had the support of the Le Fourneau staff and technicians who were all helpful, encouraging and just fantastic in every way. We had a brilliant ten days that ended with a ‘work-in-progress’ show for a local community centre that was very well received.
THE STRONGMAN will have its premier performance at the Masca Theatre Festival in Bucharest on June 2nd. After that we visit the friendly Tête-à-Tête festival in Rastatt, Germany before returning to the UK to perform a seven-day engagement at Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire, and then on to one of our commissioning festivals, the SO Festival in Skegness, at the end of June.
After that we are off to Germany again with shows in Hagen, Heppenheim and then five days at the Tollwood Festival in Munich, with a few further dates in France on the way back. August and September will see us closer to home, with performances at our other commissioning festivals, Waterford Spraoi in Ireland; Watch This Space, at the National Theatre; Devizes International Street Festival and MintFest in Cumbria. Our thanks to all concerned for their support.
THE STRONGMAN has also been selected for Showtime, part of the London 2012 Festival, with performances in eight boroughs across the city in July and August.