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?

“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…….!!!