RMT celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary in style at Historical Hereford Day – Castle Green

Hello again my lovely readers.  Have once again been rather busy with one thing and another and thus have not had a chance to do a blog post for you.

Doubtless you will remember that we were due to perform our first ever Rough Magic Theatre show at Historical Hereford Day at a lovely park called Castle Green on the 23rd of July.  We decided to relaunch the show in honour of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year after an extended gap where Alice in Wonderland took over as our main 2 hander touring show.

After some extensive rehearsing we got the show back in ship shape and it was a real treat to give the show an airing again.

For the Historical Hereford Day we performed our shorter version of the show which we use for street/outdoor performances (30 minutes instead of the full hour long version for indoor performances).

If I have been to Hereford in the past I do not remember and I have to say that it was great to have an excuse to visit such a beautiful area of the country and Castle Green itself was a lovely setting.  We had of course given thought as to what we might do should the weather be wet but luckily plan B was not necessary as it was a perfect sunny and clear day.

There were lots of other Elizabethan/Shakespeare themed attractions on the day including music, dancing an Elizabethan jester and (oddly enough) Kate Bliss the antiques expert off the telly!

I decided I would not be awed by Kate Bliss merely because she is on the television.  When I happened to be passing walked straight past without making a fuss, (though I did get a good sidelong glance at her and discovered that she looked surprisingly like a normal person and did not have a glowing aura of celebrity or anything like that ;)).

I told my co-performer Leo Nolan-Evans about the presence of a minor celebrity but did not get a satisfying reaction as Leo does not have a television.

Anyway….Our two performances of “The Tempest” went very well with a large audience for the first and a more modest but appreciative crowd for our second performance.

We were told by more than one member of the audience how much they’d enjoyed it and what a great introduction to Shakespeare for kids the show is.

During the second showing there was a man who was taking a recording of the show on a camcorder and not only did he record the whole thing but was polite enough to come and ask our permission to use the footage on his Youtube channel!  How often are people good enough to bother doing that?  This was great news because it meant that I was able to get a copy of the footage too which was very interesting for us as this is the first time we have seen video footage of the street theatre version of the show.  So many thanks to Timothy for the footage!  The sound and picture quality are not great but it gives a general idea (please visit the show page on our main website to see our video trailer with footage of the indoor version of the show by clicking HERE):



If you would like to book the indoor or outdoor version of this show or to book any of our other shows or workshops please CLICK HERE to contact us  :)

Jellyfish at Carnival Bentham and Mad Tea Parties in Ormskirk

Hello again to all my lovely readers.  We’ve been very busy recently with various things including rehearsals for “The Tempest” which will be performed in Hereford on Saturday the 23rd July.  And that is my excuse for not doing a blog post before now.

Above are some photos from our recent performances including a parade jellyfish made on an umbrella frame for Carnival Bentham (which had an umbrella theme this year) and our ever popular “Interrupted Wedding” shadow puppet show, which uses an umbrella for a screen was performed by me in Bentham Auction Mart’s Bull Ring.

Below that are a couple of photos from our recent Mad Hatter’s Tea Party walkabout show in Ormskirk with myself as Alice and Tim Austin as the Mad Hatter.  This was for the Chapel Gallery monthly makers market and we went out and about the town centre and as well as our usual entertaining walkabout show told everyone about the Makers’ Market at the Chapel Gallery.  This was full of all sorts of interesting things from lino printing to wood turning to jewellery and glitter tattoos and all being sold by the people who actually made the things (hence makers’ market).

Afterwards we relaxed and had a cup of tea in the gallery cafe which I would highly recommend.  Not only did the tea pots come in a variety of highly coloured hand made tea cosies but the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.  In most places I have to ask for extra hot water but here I was offered extra hot water and extra tea bags without my having to ask at all!  We only sampled one kind ourselves but there was also a variety of yummy looking cakes to choose from, (we had a coconut slice which was very tasty).

This weekend both Beverley Puppet Festival and Horse + Bamboo are running excellent puppet festivals on so why not check them out?