Wow, our Ugly Duckling has certainly developed since we began devising the piece in August 2015. Before we take our Ugly Duckling on tour this summer, let’s look back on how far we’ve come over the last year.
Firstly, we completed a successful R&D of the project last summer using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and working with Clare Willcocks to illustrate our artwork, and India Isaac, Brixington Primary School, Sam Worboys, Emily Snee and the Bike Shed to develop the piece. Then we worked with Luke Jeffery to create our fabulous trailer!
After one week on the Theatre Farm Retreat in Suffolk, and one week at the Bike shed Unit Space in Exeter, we’d made the piece, which we performed at Exmouth Library to an excited crowd.
From here, we took the piece to Outpost festival at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Being part of this Pop-Up theatre was an amazing experience and we played the show to 2 fabulous audiences.
With a little bit of redevelopment, the piece has then gone on to tour to the From Devon with Love Festival at the Bike Shed Theatre in January, the Doorstep Arts Festival in Torbay at Easter and the Brighton Fringe 2017, where we performed 5 shows in the Warren: Studio 3! Thanks go out to our fabulous composer Emily Snee, and our stand-in musician John Archer who helped us out for our performances in Torbay.
Photo by Doorstep Arts, April 2017.
We are now excited to announce that our Summer 2017 has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and Kingsteignton Town Council, with project partnership from Worboys Productions and the Bike Shed Theatre. With their help, we are taking our Duckling on the road all across the South West (and even Suffolk!) We’ll be performing in Dartington, Exeter, Lowestoft, Falmouth, Torrington, Taunton, Crediton, Tiverton and Radstock! You can view our full tour dates and buy tickets HERE! We can’t wait for you to meet our Ugly Duck, watch the piece and even have a go at making your own Shadow Puppets with our Library Tour in collaboration with Exeter Libraries.
So, as George and I look back on the last year, we can certainly say it’s been a good one!
Thanks so much for all of your support and we look forward to welcoming you along to the show soon!
First up is Midsummer Dreams Festival on July 23rd. Our show is on at 11.30am and you can make your own shadow puppet from 10.30am- see you there!