5 September 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Filskit Theatre Company are proud to present At Trestle Arts Base
No dwarves! No Prince! Just one extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of our deliciously scrumptious Snow White.
Created through technology using projections, shadows, music, resulting in enigmatic movement for a unique story telling voyage packed full of adventure and slapstick humor.
Two comedic storytellers and loyal subjects of the Queen, invite you to join them on a journey into the mysterious world of Snow White.
Their tale begins in a dark and dingy room at the top of a tall tower, where her ageing Mother has imprisoned young Snow White, the Queen.
The pretty Princess is kept away, out of sight, out of mind. But rumours are beginning to spread, some say that Snow White is fast becoming the loveliest woman in the world; others believe her to be so beautiful that if you look directly at her, your eyes will pop out of your skull!
Overwhelmed with jealousy, the wicked Queen turns to her loyal subjects. She orders them to take Snow White deep into the forest and kill her. However, from the moment these two chosen subjects lay eyes on the young Princess, nothing goes according to plan…
What will become of poor Snow White? Will the Queen’s subjects learn to choose between right and wrong? And do Princesses really pick their nose?
Sunday 7 October, 2.30pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Tickets: £10 / £8 / ‘Family’ £32 (4 Tickets)
Box Office: 01727 850950 / www.allaboutstalbans.com
Genre Physical theatre, choreography
Length 55 minutes (no interval)
Themes Young people
Style / feeling Dance, music, humour
Target audiences Ages 5+
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About Trestle Arts Base
Based in St Albans, Trestle Arts Base is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a unique performing arts centre. It is also home to Trestle, one of the country’s longest-standing and most innovative theatre companies, offering workshops, performances, hires, exhibitions, physical theatre, mask making, storytelling, education-training and youth theatre.
About Snow White.
Snow White is a classic tale of jealousy, rivalry, friendship, growing up and growing old.
Many people will be familiar with story from the Brothers Grimm or the animated film by Disney, but we are more interested in darker origins which precede these well-known versions.
Our story is seen through the eyes of Henchmen 0604 and 1701. These two humorous characters represent the huntsman, dwarves and Prince Charming all rolled into one and invite the audience to join them on a journey in which they struggle to choose between right and wrong.
For our Evil Queen we have taken inspiration from early versions of the tale, as it is not Snow White’s Step-Mother, but her real Mother who is overwhelmed by her jealousy. This vengeful character is all seeing, yet never seen as she communicates with her minions via handwritten video messages.
As for Snow White, behind the white parasol that represents her room, you will not find a perfect Princess, but a curious child with a taste for chocolate, leaves and shiny red apples.
Our production of Snow White blends a classic fairy tale with modern technology. Through a combination of traditional storytelling, physical theatre, light, shadow, live music and projection we aim to re-invigorate this well-known tale.
Through Snow White, we demonstrate our own unique way of using projection in performance. Our use of micro projectors enables the images to be controlled and puppeteered by the performers live from within the performance space. Images and videos appear and disappear on props, performers and even the audience.
About Filskit Theatre
Filskit Theatre is an all-female ensemble with a passion for micro-projection. With our innovative use of technology we aim to create work that ignites the imagination of children and adults alike. By mixing original music with shadow work, adding a dash of light and a sprinkle of movement, we create our very own Filskit blend of show.
Snow White is our first family show and has been devised and performed by the company; Sarah Gee, Katy Costigan and Victoria Dyson in collaboration with Musician, Melanie Borsack and Performer, Alex Curry.
Sarah was united with her fellow Filskit Ladies whilst at Rose Bruford. It was on our placement at Institute del Teatro in sunny Barcelona that she discovered her passion for visual theatre and all things projection. When she’s not busy playing nose picking Princesses, Sarah runs drama workshops for Nursery and Primary School children in North London.
Katy is our playful country bumpkin. Katy attended the Year Out Drama Course in Stratford upon Avon. As the endorser of silly jokes, Katy loves all things clowning and how this can be used to create different characters. Katy is also a tutor for Speech and Drama, preparing students for Trinity and Guildhall exams.
Victoria lived the ‘Mamma Mia’ lifestyle in sunny Cyprus for 15 years before returning to the UK to study at Rose Bruford. She is particularly interested in the development of the female vocal range, inspired by the work of Roy Hart (and ABBA). Victoria is our company “wordsmith” and enjoys creative writing for use in performance.
Melanie is a freelance performer, composer and arranger. She studied Jazz Saxophone performance at Massey University in her home country New Zealand, and has a particular interest in combining music with other art forms.
Alex has worked with us on both The Living Canvas and Snow White. He has collaborated with the company as a performer, workshop leader and more recently as a projectionist.