Driving Home (and back again) For Christmas

Here at Above Bounds you may have noticed we’ve been travelling around quite a bit of late, all in aid of touring, The Elves & The Shoemaker. We’ve journeyed much further afield than with previous shows (well, taking Portrait to Sardinia might be the exception), but whilst long drives, complex public transport systems and comparing the inside of chain hotels … Read More

Going Above & Beyond all the way to the festival!

It’s been quite a busy few weeks over at Above Bounds HQ, with the festival programme to finish, posters to print and distribute, jobs to recruit and fill, social media campaigns to fun and most importantly, bunting to make! Georgia Brooks who has joined us as an Assistant Producer on the festival has been very busy with the glue gun … Read More

Above & Beyond!

We’ve been busy beavering away on our latest project over the last few weeks. It’s long been an ambition of ours to run our own festival. Having performed and attended many different fringe festivals and family events over the last few years we feel we’ve gleaned what works, what we like, and what we like less. With this in mind … Read More

The Elves & The Shoemaker R&D round-up!

We’ve come to the end of our devising time at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington. The week has been busy, but full of discovery and we’ve enjoyed many a lunch in The Plough’s excellent café as well. During our last two days we managed to piece together the bare bones of the show and begin polishing up some its … Read More

The Elves & The Shoemaker R&D

The core team have been joined by dancer Victoria Horan and Singer/Songwriter Grace Hancock and have migrated to The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington for a late summer retreat and redevelopment of The Elves & The Shoemaker ahead of our winter tour. The Plough is a favourite venue of ours as it continues to support the local community while delivering … Read More

A Tissue A Tissue #Issue 4

Well, it would seem that in all of this hot weather we have been experiencing, I have forgotten to update you all! Since completing our workshop series at Southway Library we have fully realised the final show, A Tissue, A Tissue! With a beautiful set courtesy of Chloe Benbow, and some entrancing new music and songs, composed by Daisy Higman. … Read More

A-Tissue, A-Tissue #Issue 3

Last week at Southway Library we had a really fun workshop session exploring sound and music. Along with Helen and myself, our Sound Designer Daisy Higman came along to play some of the songs she has been writing for our piece and help us explore the imaginative world of music. The children were enthralled by Daisy’s music and rather enjoyed … Read More

A-Tissue, A-Tissue #issue2

We’ve been having a really great time getting to know everyone over the last few weeks at our workshop series at Southway Library with Plymouth Libraries. There’s a good regular crowd along with new comers each week and it’s been thrilling to see what they can create. Last week we looked at creating and engaging with different environments: the city, … Read More

A-Tissue, A-Tissue #issue one

Last Wednesday (17th April) we began a project which has been almost a year in the making. For several years, Helen and I have wanted to create a new interactive show for the under 5s which expands the idea of story and uses all the senses to create art. The first stage of this project is a series of workshops at … Read More

Ugly Duckling & Other Tales- Tour 2017 Round-up

The Ugly Duckling in Hibernation Whilst real ducks do not have a long winter sleep, our Ugly Duckling is have a well earned rest for the festive season. We had a great time touring The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales beginning at the Brighton Fringe Festival back at the end of May right through to our final performance at Victoria … Read More