3 March 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday 15 March, 2pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Looking for a different sort of treat this Mother’s Day? What better way to spend the afternoon than with your nearest and dearest and Brian the Librarian…
In Brian’s library, the books are all in a muddle. The Romance is rubbing shoulders with the DIY manual and the Dictionary is sharing a shelf with the Whodunnit. To save their confused library (and its confused librarian) the books must work together – but how? Books can’t move…or can they?
To discover their real powers the books will first have to face their deadliest enemies…
Bookstory is a tiny puppet musical with some very big ideas. Suitable for anyone over the age of 7, it uses songs, puppetry and dynamic performance to tell the story of the story in the digital age.
“Cheesy West End sell outs beware. – the ingenuity, economy and sheer joyfulness of what you put together filled my head with a tingle.” Will Stevens (on Thunder and Coal)
Bookstory is MONSTRO’s second full show and is written and directed by Ben Glasstone and performed and co-devised by Gilbert Taylor (Unpacked, Polka, Little Angel) and Philip Bosworth (Inspector Sands, Faulty Optic, Chris Goode), who is also the show’s designer.
Bookstory has been developed with support from the Arts Council England, Puppet Centre Trust (at BAC), Little Angel and Worboys Productions (at Cambridge Junction).
Tickets are £12 / £10 / Family £40 (Max 2 Adults) and you can book them by calling the Box Office on 01727 850950 or online at www.allaboutstalbans.com. Group discounts available please call 01727 850 950 for details.
For further information, images or to arrange interviews contact: Rhian Desborough, Marketing Manager.
t: 01727 850950 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES FOR EDITOR
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle has been making and touring inspirational physical storytelling theatre since 1981. The company has developed a distinctive style of theatre, initially using masks, puppets and music, and more recently incorporating text and internationally influenced movement styles. Trestle is an internationally renowned provider of participation projects and training and operates from Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
About Trestle Arts Base
Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a unique performing arts centre. It is home to Trestle, the first UK touring company to establish its own Lottery funded building. The venue offers performances, exhibitions, mask making, arts participation, youth theatre and hires for community and business meetings and events.
Monstro is a new company making original musical puppet theatre for children and adults led by composer/theatre-maker Ben Glasstone.
“Glasstone successfully mixes wildly disparate styles, from klezmer to Renaissance madrigal, and his lyrics are inspired”. New York Times
Ben has a long association with Little Angel theatre where he has composed, written and directed for productions including The Tempest (RSC co-production), Alice in Wonderland, The Giraffe, The Pelly And Me, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Night Before Christmas. Ben created Little Angel’s acclaimed musical The Mouse Queen, which toured off-West End and off-Broadway in New York.
“A wonderfully inventive work that genuinely has something to say – and has terrific fun saying it. A joy.” The Times (Mouse Queen)
Ben has carried on working with many of these artists since and formed MONSTRO (formerly Nonesuch) in 2012 to make more of this very playful and intimate kind of music theatre.
Our first show as a company was The Adventures of Thunder and Coal, a unique “shadow-musical” with a live band that explored the parallels between the lives of the mice in the London Underground and the bigger mammals fumbling darkly up above them. This enjoyed a sold-out run at Little Angel in 2012.