“Tempest” Rehearsals and Carnival Plans

tempest posterWe have started rehearsals for “The Tempest” and considering it has been over 10 years since our last performances of this show, it is surprising how quickly everything is coming back to us.

We have been experimenting with some slightly different instruments from those which we had used previously, including ukulele and a talking drum.

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Leo practices the music on his ukulele

We have also made some alterations and improvements to the script to make it more topical.  I won’t give too many details away as we don’t want to spoil it for everyone!

We are in the process of taking bookings for schools, street festivals, theatre and other indoor spaces.  We have both a 30 minute outdoor version and the full hour length version for indoors so if you’d like to find out if the show is suitable for your venue or event CLICK HERE to get in touch.

Plans for Carnival Bentham 2016 continue to develop also.  There will be a raffle to raise money on Easter Saturday morning in High Bentham Town centre so come along and show your support.  If anyone has a prize they’d like to donate CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook page and let them know.

As it is an umbrella themed carnival this year Rough Magic Theatre are booked to do our famous “Interrupted Wedding” Shadow Puppet show which uses an umbrella for the screen.  Please CLICK HERE to see one of my previous posts all about one of this show’s visits to a primary school including lots of photo’s.

We are also in discussion about Rough Magic Theatre’s Tim Austin making a return visit as official Bentham storyteller.  Watch this space…….!!!

Carnival Bentham coming soon!

I recently attended the Carnival Bentham AGM and have the marvellous news that it is happening again this year on Saturday 4th of June 2016 so put it in your diaries everyone.

We have of course participated ourselves in this event every year so far with our now famous “Pony 3000” act (seen at Lancashire Encounter last year) and Rough Magic Theatre’s Tim Austin was the official Bentham storyteller for last year’s theme of Tales of the Riverbank.

After much wracking of brains we have a tentative theme for the carnival of decorated umbrellas! I say tentative because last year I advertised the theme on this blog and then it was changed at the next meeting! This theme does seem apt for Bentham’s usual weather though!

This reminded me of a tweet I saw a while back of a Magritte inspired walkabout act, so I looked them up again and they are from an Australian company called La Galerie Mobile and they also have other walkabouts that make interesting use of umbrellas (see below)


I was also reminded of this little scene from the James Bond film “Live and let Die” though hopefully we can manage without the ‘orrible murder before-hand!

So those are a few ideas to get people’s minds working.

Start thinking creative umbrella-wise Bentham folks!