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.

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