20 November 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company are proud to present At Trestle Arts Base
Based on the book by Hans Christian Andersen. The Nightingale was written in 1844 and was inspired by Anderson’s love for the opera singer Jenny Lind (who was later nicknamed ‘The Swedish Nightingale’).
It tells the story of a Chinese Emperor who is so enchanted by the song of a nightingale that he keeps the creature captive. However, the Emperor grows tired of the nightingale when he’s given a mechanical, bejewelled version of the bird as a present.
There’s a lot of shadow puppetry in the show, which is the most simple form of puppetry. Black and white and the absence of light is a basic but beautiful way of telling stories, and contrasts with the slickness of the modern, man-made world.
Fri 21st – 2.00pm and 4.30pm // Sat 22nd – 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.30pm //
Sun 23rd -11.00am and 2.00pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Tickets: £11 (Adults) / £9(Concession) / ‘Family’ £36 (4 Tickets)
Box Office: 01727 850950 / www.allaboutstalbans.com
Length 60 minutes (no interval)
Themes Young people, families
Style / feeling Music, humor
Target audiences Ages 4+
For further information, images or to arrange interviews contact Paresh M. Patel, Marketing Manager on 01727 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively contact: Esther Ferry-Kennington
Producer // email@example.com // 01706 242 945
NOTES FOR EDITOR
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 Horse + Bamboo Theatre
Was founded in 1978. The company is based in Rossendale, Lancashire, UK and tours nationally and internationally.
Horse + Bamboo Theatre make visual theatre in which music and story-telling is central; the company uses masks, movement, puppetry, film, lighting in their productions.
Horse + Bamboo tour throughout the UK and internationally. The productions vary – but the use of masks, puppetry, film, movement and through composed music are typical of our work. The company writes its own material and although most productions are aimed at family audiences, some are suited to an older age group.
Originally the tours were horse-drawn during the summer months but now they all travel by van. Shows vary from small flexible performances suited to community spaces, to medium scale productions designed for theatre spaces.
Horse + Bamboo provides mentoring and other support and facilities for emerging artists and groups.
Creative Team and Cast
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Bob Frith
DIRECTOR, WRITER, MAKER: Alison Duddle
MUSIC: Chris Davies, with Sarah Moody (cello, vocals)
LIGHTING DESIGN: Christina Eddowes
SET DESIGN, MAKING: Bob Frith
ANIMATION: Christina Eddowes, Daniella Orsini
PRODUCER: Esther Ferry-Kennington
Artistic Director – Joint
Bob founded Horse + Bamboo Theatre in 1978 expecting it to last ‘four or five years’. During the past 35 years he has performed, played music (of sorts), set himself alight, cooked, made masks and puppets, designed, written, driven a donkey, unblocked the sewers and directed for the company.
Artistic Director – Joint
Alison came to Horse + Bamboo with a powerful recommendation from In The Heart of The Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre of Minneapolis, where she had worked for several years before moving back to England. Now she’s a cornerstone of the company, overseeing The Boo programme, the Puppet Festival, and a new production.
Liz coordinates our Family Friendly work, building our relationship with schools, and promoting the Boo programme.
Esther joined us in 2007 from Oxfam. She is an ex-croupier, a keen singer and a Morris dancer, and probably much more besides. She is often found out and about selling and promoting work to the outside world with a tape measure in her handbag.
Premises Manager and Technical Director
Christina has recently joined H+B and works as part of the Arts Team, looking after the building, and also managing our venue technical systems and advising on lighting and sound in our own productions.
LOZ KAYE: music
Loz has been working with H+B for many years as a composer and Musical Director, and even recently as a crone and perky young boy (both at the same time).
MARK WHITAKER: puppetry
Mark is a brilliant puppeteer and an example to us all, especially with his uncanny ability to successfully erect the pPod.
STEFF LEE: animation, film and illustration.
Steff’s film and animation has brought a very fresh and exciting element to Horse + Bamboo productions.