The Ugly Duckling’s Big Waddle

What a fantastic summer we have been having here at Above Bounds, as our Ugly Duckling has been waddling his way across the UK on our first UK tour of our work! Thanks to support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and Kingsteignton Town Council, we have been taking our show ‘The Ugly Duckling & … Read More

The Ugly Duckling Grows

Hi Everyone, 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 … Read More

Outpost Festival

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that we haven’t posted for a while because we have a brand new website (thanks to Luke over at Wandering Tiger Productions) we hope you like it! Since our development in the summer, we put our Ugly Duckling to rest for a few weeks before performing at New Model Theatre’s Outpost Season of Pop-Up … Read More

George Reflects…

We’re winding down the R&D of Ugly Duckling & Other Tales now, and so it is time to reflect on how far we have come in the last few weeks and what the future holds for the project. Yesterday saw the essential culmination of this phase of development with a  performance of our show given at Exmouth Library to a … Read More

Day 4 at The Unit, Exeter

Another highly successful day working at The Bike Shed Theatre’s Unit Space in Exeter. Today we recapped the work we began yesterday and completed two full runs of the piece, ironing out any sections which weren’t as clear as they could be. This included working on the Emperor’s New Clothes song which we developed yesterday. This is another fun, upbeat … Read More

Development at The Bike Shed

Since creating work at the Worboys Productions Theatre Farm Retreat we’ve been developing ‘Ugly Duckling & Other Tales’ at the Bike Shed Theatre’s Unit Space in Exeter. We had a lot to think about after the feedback we received on the farm and we got straight to work. On Saturday we reworked on the opening section of the show and … Read More

Final few days on the farm…

Alas! Already our time on the Worboys Productions Theatre Farm Retreat draws to a close, but the last few days have been super productive! We spent the day time devising new material, Emily composing songs based on our given brief and George and I improvising and devising scenes based on the original Hans Christian Anderson text. Once we’d come up … Read More

Two more days at the Farm!

I must first apologise for the lack of a post yesterday; it can be a bit hit and miss with the signal here in rural Suffolk- but it’s perfect atmosphere for us to devise without distraction. Our musician Emily arrived yesterday and we had such a great first day working with her in the rehearsal room. Straight away, the work … Read More

We are back at the Farm!

Yesterday we arrived at the Worboys Productions Theatre Farm Retreat to start week 1 of developing ‘The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales’. After a rather hot car journey in this glorious sunshine, we stopped off in Bury St Edmunds to pick up some last few bits to prepare for the week. Upon our arrival at the farm, we then set … Read More