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2018-19

Sofa

With support from Arts Council England

" POWERFUL….AND VERY CLEVER!" BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

" BRILLIANT ORIGINAL MUSIC" BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"THE MAKESHIFT ENSEMBLE CLEVERLY CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, BOLD PHYSICAL THEATRE, OUTSTANDING PUPPETRY AND ORIGINAL SPOKEN WORD TOGETHER TO CREATE AN IMAGINATIVE AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING PLAY" ****EXPOSED MAGAZINE

"THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE. A STORY TOLD BEAUTIFULLY AND RESPECTFULLY" LAUREN TOWNSEND, PROGRAMMER, SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE STUDIO

SPRING 2019 TOUR

  • 20TH FEBRUARY - CHELMSFORD CIVIC THEATRE

  • 21ST FEBRUARY - CAMBERLEY THEATRE, SURREY

  • 22ND - ELECTRIC THEATRE, GUILDFORD

  • 1ST MARCH - THE ARC THEATRE, TROWBRIDGE

  • 6TH MARCH - THE PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE, DEVON



SPRING 2018 (PREVIEW TOUR)

  • 3RD APRIL - CRUCIBLE STUDIO, SHEFFIELD THEATRES

  • 4TH APRIL - WINCHESTER DISCOVERY CENTRE

  • 5TH APRIL -  LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE

  • 6TH APRIL - THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM

  • 7TH APRIL - THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM

  • 27TH APRIL - NEW BARN THEATRE, MILTON ABBEY

  • 4/5TH MAY - THE MERCURY THEATRE, COLCHESTER

  •  12TH MAY - SHOEBOX THEATRE, SWINDON


An absorbing and highly visual exploration of Memory and 'Unmemory' supported by Arts Council England

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The MakeShift Ensemble present ‘Sofa’ - An exploration of memory, place and the worlds we create around us. Performed by two actors and a puppet.

Starting from the home, the sofa is where we make new worlds as children and seek solace as adults—using this central object the piece examines how experience changes our reflections on memories.The sofa becomes the stage on which we view the growth of our characters and their memories of a loved one living with dementia, and the changing perspectives they bring to those memories.

The MakeShift Ensemble with their distinct and compelling style, aim to discover the effects of memory and 'unmemory' on family relationships . Inspired by real life events and experiences the piece will tell the stories with humour and pathos, that sometimes go untold.

With an original score by Laurence Aldridge , the show includes puppetry, object manipulation and the most versatile sofa in the world!

“The best show I have seen. Very emotional.”      “Touching, thoughtful and very well performed.”

“Incredibly powerful and a real tearjerker too!”     “Inspirational staging with very clever physical theatre. A very powerful play with a thought provoking message!”

“I saw a brilliant show at the Shoebox Theatre last night. Sofa was a fascinating evocation of memory and meaning. Thank you for bringing us this memorable piece. It created a whole world with two performers, props and effective sound scape. The puppetry was awesome.”

“I was so wowed and inspired by this incredibly clever piece of theatre! I cried, I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the powerful rollercoaster I was taken on! Amazing, thank you!”

“Thank you for talking about dementia in such a thoughtful way.

"discover the differences in the shared memories we hold, the power of objects (and soft furnishings) to reawaken those memories and the rediscovery of the power of play and playfullness...."


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2018-19


The Children in The Moon- May 2018-january 2019 national tour

"Beautiful show at Eden yesterday, great story, amazing songs, signings and fantastic puppets! " Eden Project 2018 "Fantastic!" Camp Bestival 2017       "Highlight of our weekend" Elderflower Fields 2017      "excellent! So magically inventive! " Beautiful Days 2018    "So many beautiful moments" - Creative Workspace, Bristol 2018  "A great family treat" - Storyhouse, Chester 2018  "Really really enjoyed it....brilliant!" Elderflower Fields 2018


Join The Makeshift Ensemble and their travelling teapot of tales on a magical celebration of discovery, courage and diversity.
The Children in the Moon is a wonderfully visual and original takeon centuries old children’s verse, packed with puppetry and livemusic this is an ideal show for all the family.

We tell the story of Zack and Lil using our beautifully hand crafted puppets and our wonderful teapot of tales, a larger than life travelling teamachine which brews fabulous storiesand doubles as a stage on which our
characters can explore, play and bring their tales to life.

Along side the puppets are two nomadic storytellers, who introduce the stories and nurture the yarns as they
unravel.The MakeShift Ensemble, with their distinct and compelling style, aim to both discover and celebrate the wonderful things that make us different and the ties that bind the human family together.

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2016-17


Fox and Rabbit's Idiot's guide to the owl and the pussycat

2016-2017

'Magical!' 'Fabulous production' 'A rare treat for all ages'

Join the wayward Reynard. H. Fox and his reluctant sidekick Rabbit as they meander their inelegant way around the world of the Owl and the Pussycat in their beautiful pea-green……boat?

Dodge the jellyfish in the deep blue sea, climb the giant bong-tree to meet the spirit who dwells within and journey with them to find the allusive and mythical shilling.

Aided by a rockabilly hog (Elvis Pigsley), a Compass Fish and a somewhat melodramatic turkey – can Fox and Rabbit get the Owl and Pussycat to the hill on time to finally tie the knot?

The MakeShift Ensemble bring a sense of adventure and humour to this wonderful retelling of Edward Lear’s classic nonsense poem, brought to life with puppetry and live music .

"Myself and my wee girl have just been to see you both at Cheltenham Everyman this afternoon, telling the story of The Owl and the Pussycat. It was one of the best young theatre productions we've seen. We were blown away by the creative and imaginative sets along with the witty banter, singing and the genius use of the loop pedal. Looking forward to seeing you again in 'Sofa'. In fact I'm tempted to go and see you again when you perform in Ledbury in a few days time!" - Audience member, The Everyman, Cheltenham

"I just wanted to let you know you were the highlight of my daughter's weekend....thankyou!" Elderflower Fields Festival 2017

"The Owl & the Pussycat is a lively & engaging show for families and early years, featuring puppetry, live music and ingenious set transformations" Tony Lidington, Artistic Director - Promenade Promotions

" A quality, witty family production full of beautiful images and magic" Wendy Van Der Plank, Artistic Director - The Beehive, Honiton

This production proudly supports The Bee Cause on behalf of Friends of the Earth

2016 Dates - (Click on venue to go to website)

6-7th August - Dartmoor Folk festival http://www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk/

19 - 21 August - Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Devon

25th August - The Beehive, Honiton, Devon

24 October -Earlswood Hall, Monmouthshire, S. Wales

26th October - The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset

27th October - The Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea, Somerset

2017 Dates

18 February - The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, Dorset

24th February - The Stage Door, Southampton

25th February - The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Hampshire

15th March - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

19th March - The Market Theatre, Ledbury

12th April - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

22nd April - The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Somerset

2oth May - The Pound, Corsham

26th - 29th May - Elderflower fields Festival, East sussex

10th June - The Courtyard, Hereford 

13th- 16th July - Latitude Festival, Suffolk

23rd July -  The Boatshed Festival of Performance (The Bikeshed Theatre) Exeter

27th-30th July - Camp Bestival, Dorset


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2015

‘tinderbox’ 

"...an intimate and spellbinding experience for all ages"

"...an intimate and spellbinding experience for all ages"

 

A captivating twist on an original tale’

Play by Jacqueline Avery
Music by Joe Butcher

A war-torn soldier and an obstinate princess – aided by three unearthly dogs, a strange and wizened woman with a magic tinderbox – discover the unbreakable bonds of true love.

This new play gives a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale an illuminating Jurassic Coast twist.

‘tinderbox’ is an audio-visual treat to thrill all the family. Powerful physical storytelling; puppetry; shadow play and animated imagery – accompanied by live, original music and song.

Friday 16 October 7.00pmThe Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 266926 www.dorchestercornexchange.com

Wednesday 21 October–Burton Bradstock C of E Primary School Students only

Thursday 22 October–St Michaels Primary School, Lyme Regis Students only

Friday 23 October–Symondsbury C of E Primary School Students only

Saturday 24 October 2.30pmThe Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Hants 023 9273 7370 www.groundlings.co.uk

Wednesday 28 October 2.30pmThe Regal Theatre, Minehead, Somerset 01643 706430 www.regaltheatre.co.uk

Thursday 29 October 7.30pmThe Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea, Somerset 01278 793099 www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk

Friday 30 October 7.30 pm The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, Dorset 01929 422239 www.mowlemtheatre.com

Wednesday 04 November 7.00pm The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, Somerset 01823 274 608 www.tauntontheatre.org.uk

Friday 06 November 7.30pm Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, Devon 01395 576798 www.manorpavilion.com

Saturday 07 November 7.30pm Athenaeum Centre, Warminster, Wilts 01985 213891 www.theath.org.uk

Thursday 12 November 7.30pm Greenford Primary School, Maiden Newton, Dorset Students only

Friday 13 November 7.30pmPavilion Theatre, Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset 01305 783225 www.weymouthpavilion.com

Saturday 14 November 2.30/7.30pm The Rondo Theatre, Bath 01225 444003 www.rondotheatre.co.uk

Friday 20 Novembertbc Hanger Farm, Totton, Southampton 023 8066 7274 www.totton.ac.uk/hanger-farm

Friday 4 December 7.30pm Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Dorset 01202 413 600 www.shelleytheatre.co.uk

Saturday 5 December 2.30/7.30pm Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Dorset 01202 413 600 www.shelleytheatre.co.uk

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2013

'100'

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South West tour Autumn 2013

Imagine you had to choose just one memory to take into eternity, and that you would re-live that treasured memory afresh, experiencing it as for the first time over and over and over. That is what four characters are urged to do by a mysterious other – to a count of ‘100’! This singular decision turns out to be far more difficult than any can imagine. It challenges the way each have lived, loved, observed, and even valued life itself; there are implications none would have guessed. What memory would you choose?

An imaginative, energetic approach to story-telling and a huge heart that will leave the audience buzzing with images, thoughts and questions. Written by Diene Petterle, Neil Monaghan and Christopher Heimann ‘100’ is an Edinburgh First winning production.

Directed by Jacqueline Avery and Peter John Cooper

Music by Simon Swarbrick      

Animation by Thomas Hughes

 

 

 

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