Cliffhanger in Korea
The Station
Lion Tamer


Bash Street Theatre Newsletter
December 2010

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This was the year that our silent movie show Cliffhanger! went global, with performances in Macau, China in May and then in Gwacheon and Gwangju, in South Korea in October. Both trips went brilliantly well, with enthusiastic audiences and great hospitality. But it nearly went horribly wrong from the very start.

Despite all our experience of performing in Europe, we had never before arranged the air freighting of our equipment, with all the potential hazards that this entails. But back in April things were going well: we had arranged the visas, invested in some large wooden shipping containers, paid for the air fares... and then the Icelandic volcanic dust cloud shut down all the airports across Northern Europe! It was just one week before our equipment was to due to leave, and we thought the Macau trip was over before it had even begun.

Luck was with us, however. The wind changed direction, the skies became safe once more (we hoped), and everything went according to plan. The set arrived safely followed, shortly after, by the rest of us. The Macau Arts Festival crew were fantastic, friendly and well-organised, and we had an amazing experience.

We performed on three consecutive evenings to enthusiastic audiences in a densely-populated square in the north of Macau. The weather was overcast, the humidity was incredible, and none of us could sleep because of jetlag! It was a great experience, though much too short, and we even managed to grab a couple of days' holiday on the island of Lama, next door to Hong Kong. We couldn't stay long however, because one week later we were in Paris performing Cliffhanger! followed by a trip south into Spain, to the beautiful city of Vitoria Gasteiz, with The Station.

Next came another long haul to Normandy, followed by an 18-hour drive to the northern tip of Denmark to catch a ferry to Norway, to the charming town of Porsgrunn. Macau, Paris, Spain, Normandy, Norway in successive weekends - we were exhausted, and it was only the end of June!

July took us to Dublin, then once again to Normandy, on to Germany, back to Normandy, east to Picardie, overnight to the UK (Skegness and Gloucester), back again to Picardie and once more to the UK for our first-ever appearance at the Stockton Riverside Festival - 21 shows in 24 days in four different countries. It was that sort of summer. Here we must put in a mention for the fantastic reaction we received from audiences in both Skegness and Stockton. These were never going to be the most picturesque of our 2010 venues, but the public were as friendly and enthusiastic as anywhere in Europe.

August was spent, mostly in a daze, performing mainly in France (La Vendee, Thonon, Vichy, Paris, Laval, Caen to name a few). We swam in Lake Geneva, rode the Thunder Mountain ride at EuroDisney, visited William the Conquerer's castle, and the magical Mont Saint Michel (the twin, of course, to our very own St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall) so it wasn't all hard graft.

In other years, September would normally see us winding down for the season, not this year however, because we had been invited to the Gwacheon International Street Theatre Festival in South Korea. Passports had to be sent off once again (this created another headache because we still had three more shows to do Paris!) and the air freight arranged and containers packed: a straight-jacket, a blunderbuss, a dead rat...what would the customs officers make of our props' list?

They seemed not to mind, because once again everything arrived according to plan, and the South Koreans welcomed us with smiles and gifts, good humour and great enthusiasm. Cliffhanger! was a great sucess. The audiences cheered 'The Hero' and booed 'The Villain' - actually the sound they make is more of a 'woo-ing' noise - and the only sad thing about the whole trip was that we had to cancel one performance due to rain (the only show we cancelled all year).

Three days after our return to the UK, we dragged ourselves out of bed and set-off in our van for the last of our summer engagements which meant a two-day drive to the town of Fermo in Italy, halfway down the Adriatic coast. It was a showcase festival where companies hope to attract future bookings. It was organised at very short notice, amid great confusion and chaos, typically Italian really, and was enormous fun. Out of the chaos, there was order (mostly) and we were very well looked after by the charming Italian organisers. The weather was kind, and we performed The Station at 11 o'clock on a brisk October morning - not our normal performance time by any means. It was a great show, warmly received, and we were immediately rewarded with the offer of several contracts for 2011. Things got even better, however - we spent the following few days visiting Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.

For those who do not know us, we are a very small company - just four performers, no technician, no administrator - and we tour with our two home-educated children. This summer we travelled more than 40,000 kms by road, and a lot more by air. We had no illnesses, no accidents, we stayed sane (just), good humoured (relatively) and we entertained tens of thousands of people. We owe a huge 'thank you' to our long-suffering, fellow performer Russell Hurd, likewise to our musician Julian Gaskell, and of course to Finbar and Lochlann (aged 11 and 9).

In 2011 we hope to be performing at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania; at festivals in Florence and Montegranaro in Italy; Warsaw in Poland; Gorlitz and Dortmund in Germany; Picardie in France, and we have also had enquiries from festivals in Denmark and Sweden. Let us know if you would like any publicity material or DVDs!

In March and April our most recent production The Lion Tamer will be on tour once again, with performances in Wales, Dorset and Cornwall. Full details will be listed on our website.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas.


The StationSet in a dilapidated railway station in the age of steam locomotives, THE STATION is a silent comedy with live accordion music and sound effects. Be prepared for a dramatic train crash, a dare-devil rescue and some great comedy action.

The story involves a gang of art thieves who are on the search for a stolen masterpiece which has been delivered to a remote railway station. The situation becomes further complicated by the arrival of a band of musicians for a Grand Concert to be given that night. The station staff, of course, set out to make sure that the 'lost property' is restored to its rightful owner.

"A wild locomotive ride of energy and excitement. Visually delightful, full of screwball comedy, rollicking romance, madcap mishaps and great special effects - a real railroad romp!"
Angus MacKechnie, National Theatre


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CLIFFHANGER! a real-life silent movie

Winner of the “best street show” award at the Fira de Teatre in Tàrrega, Spain in 2006

Cliffhanger!Still touring by popular demand, CLIFFHANGER! has been our most enduring and successful show, and has been performed throughout the UK, in a 10 further European countries, and in China and South Korea. We are still constantly revising and improving the production, and we will be touring it as long as there is demand. So please contact us soon if you have not yet booked this award-winning show.

With falling buildings, dare-devil escapology, slap-stick humour and live piano accompaniment CLIFFHANGER! is a silent-movie style production that returns to the golden age of the silver screen. Inspired by Buster Keaton’s short film ‘Convict 13’, this action-packed silent comedy show has been enjoyed throughout Europe by young and old alike.

"A very clever, witty and well thought out show, and a fantastic finale...kept young and old entranced for a full hour."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


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THE LION TAMER - an indoor touring production

Lion TamerTHE LION TAMER is the latest addition to our silent movie repertoire. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's classic 1928 film 'The Circus', it is a melodrama full of action, pathos and slapstick comedy, combining circus skills and an original musical score, played live on piano.

A down-at-heel showman is rapidly running out of acts for his travelling circus when a stranger arrives in town. When the lion tamer has an unfortunate accident, the newcomer is ‘volunteered’ for the job with comic and catastrophic results. THE LION TAMER has been specially designed to tour village halls and small-scale theatres.

"Funny, clever, intricately designed, a beautiful evocation of the silent movie genre."
Charlie Pugh, The Tolmen Centre

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Bash Street Theatre Co.
35 Belgravia Street, Penzance
England TR18 2BL
Tel: +44 (0)1736 360795
Roz am Poullou
29690 Locmaria Berrien, France
Tel: +33 (0) 2 98 99 80 32

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Tour List 2010

Date Place Show
21 The Acorn Theatre, Penzance, UK The Station
23 The Dracena Centre Falmouth UK The Station
27-29 Fish & Chips, Sotteville Le Rouen, France

The Station

6 Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
13 North Hill Village Hall, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
20 Epworth Hall, Helston, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
21 Tremayne Hall, Mylor, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
26 Nancegollan Village Hall, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
27 Dobwalls Memorial Hall, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
6 Maker with Rame Community Hall, Cornwall UK Lion Tamer
9 White Rose Primary School, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, Gwent Wales Lion Tamer
10 De Valence Pavilion, Tenby, Pembrokeshire Wales Lion Tamer
11 Gilfach Goch Community Centre, Gilfach Goch, Porth, Mid Glamorgan Wales Lion Tamer
12 Edith Bankes Memorial Hall, Northop, Mold, Clwyd Wales Lion Tamer
13 Carrog Village Hall, Neuadd Carrog, Corwen, Denbighshire Wales Lion Tamer
23 Dracaena Centre, Falmouth, UK Cliffhanger!
2 Trereife Park, Penzance, UK Cliffhanger!
13 La Déferlante, La Tranche sur Mer, France The Station
14 La Déferlante, St Gilles Croix de Vie, France The Station
15 La Déferlante, St Jean de Monts, France The Station
16 Clères, France The Station
21-23 Macau, China Cliffhanger!
6 Neuilly sur Marne, France Cliffhanger!
12-13 Vitoria Gasteiz. Spain The Station
19-20 Petit Couronne, France Cliffhanger!
22 Treport, France Cliffhanger!
26-27 Porsgrun, Norway Cliffhanger!
8 Dublin, Republic of Ireland Cliffhanger!
10-11 Le Havre, France The Station
12 Bernay, France The Station
14-15 Heppenheim, Germany The Station
18 Sotteville sur Mer, France Cliffhanger!
19-21 Picardie, France The Station
22-23 Granville, France The Station
24 Skegness, UK The Station
25 Gloucester, UK The Station
26-27 Picardie, France The Station
29-31 Stockton International Festival, UK Cliffhanger!
2 La Déferlante, Notre Dame des Monts, France The Station
4 La Déferlante, Noirmoutier, France The Station
5 La Déferlante, St Brevin des Pins, France The Station
11-12 Thonon Les Bains, France The Station
17 Cusset, France The Station
18 Laval, France The Station
19 Caen, France The Station
20 Bagnoles de L’Orne, France The Station
22 Barry Festival Cliffhanger!
25 Sterts Theatre, Cornwall, UK The Station
29 Thruxton, Hampshire, UK Cliffhanger!
11-12 Cergy Soit!, Cergy-Pontoise, France The Station
1-3 Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival, South Korea Cliffhanger!
5-6 Gwangju Festival, South Korea Cliffhanger!
15 Open Street 2010 Montegranaro, Italy The Station