Fox and Rabbit's Idiot's guide to the owl and the pussycat
'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 . Bring your imaginations and your runcible spoons and be entertained whatever your age
"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
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
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
2nd August - The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
"If, like me, you enjoy a good story, puppets, singing, live music, word play as well as a smattering of silliness then 'Fox and Rabbits idiot's guide to The Owl and the Pussycat' is a must see.
The ingenious use of set and props, and physical theatre techniques; the dynamic and high energy performances, and some rather clever vocal work ensure things move at a good pace which in turn draws both the young and old alike into this enchanting tale which is accessible on many levels. For some, this is quite possibly their first encounter with 'The Owl and the Pussycat' and for others a welcomed revisit through new eyes - either way it works wonderfully.
Laurence and Jackie, aka Fox and Rabbit, are both splendid actors/storytellers who clearly enjoy their craft and it is this enthusiasm and energy along with their good humour and down to earth attitude that make them, and the work of The Makeshift Ensemble, exciting, fresh and totally engaging.
I hope to see a lot more of Fox and Rabbit and can't wait to see what's next on the cards."
Rob Pudner - Expressive Arts Practitioner/Theatre Director
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, and AsOne AsCend ensemble add heart and soul dusted with humour.
‘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 – combine to create a spell-binding experience whatever your age.
AsOne AsCend ensemble is putting the magic back into family theatre.
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
Toured 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 urgedto 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 – realised anew by AsCend in collaboration with acclaimed director Peter John Cooper.
Directed by Jacqueline Avery and Peter John Cooper
Music by Simon Swarbrick
Animation by Thomas Hughes