18 March 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Birdsnest Theatre present
Sunday 7 April, 11.30am and 2.30pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Tickets: £11 / £9 / ‘Family’ £36 (Max two Adults)
Box Office: 01727 850950 / www.allaboutstalbans.com
Trestle Arts Base is delighted to be welcoming Birdsnest Theatre on Sunday 7 April (11.30am and 2.30pm), with their new show aimed specifically at children aged 3 and up.
Blown Away is a magical, theatrical adventure for young children.
The wind can whisk you up into the sky, the wind can take you on an adventure!
What if, one windy night a little girl arrives in your bedroom and tells you she’s the wind?
Join us as a small boy finds himself swept up and whisked away on an unforgettable journey with her.
Flying through the air with the world so small below them, they feel big, and when you’re big you can do anything at all!
We invite the audience to come and feel the wind as it blows them to the top of the world.
A beautiful and engaging show containing live music, shadow puppetry and movement.
Click here to watch a 1.5 minute promotional trailer:
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
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NOTES FOR EDITOR
‘Lovely funny show.’ Tim Webb, Artistic Director Oily Cart on scratch show
‘The children really related to it. Wonderful physicality and beautiful design. There was a lovely sense of playfulness and fun.’ Janna Feldman, Associate Director, Education, Polka Theatre on scratch show
‘Refreshing. Something completely different. Wonderful’ Jo Askham, Leisure Connection Hertfordshire on scratch show
‘This show treats the audience as if they are creative, and intelligent Parent’ at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘Truly wonderful, magical, funny, engaging, creative, imaginative, I have not seen my son so entranced and involved before’ Parent at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘We both really enjoyed it. A lovely little tale and a lovely way to spend an hour together’ Parent at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘Totally fantastic, I was with the story all the way. It was brilliant, Keely says it was really fun and clever’ Parent at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘Wonderful, loved the gentle interaction’ Parent at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘Honestly…brilliant! The best thing I’ve ever taken my child to.’ Parent at Lincoln/ Northampton show
‘Wonderful set and score.’ Fran Chabrel, Community Engagement Manager, Polka Theatre
About Birdsnest Theatre
Emily Austen and Beth van der Ham-Edwards are the founding members of Birdsnest theatre. Between them they have experience of working in schools, theatres and the music industry. Birdsnest are committed to creating excellent and imaginative theatre for young children, believing that children should have access and opportunities to experience high quality theatre created especially for them.
As a company, Birdsnest work to reach as many audiences as possible touring to non-theatre spaces such as Sure Start centres and nurseries as well as visiting theatre venues.
Blown Away is Birdsnest’s first show. It was developed with funding from the Arts Council at Trestle Arts Base in 2011 and received a scratch performance there. It was further developed at Polka Theatre in Summer 2012 before completing a run at Northampton Royal and Derngate and a short tour of the UK tour in October/ November 2012.
The company have been awarded the Small Size Seeding Fund to develop their new show, Wash, for 0-2s, which will premier as a Polka First at Polka Theatre in March 2013.
Birdsnest understand that for many of our audience this will be their first theatrical experience and we feel passionately that it should be positive.
Birdsnest provide a free education package, including music CD, to enable schools/groups to engage with the show before/ after their visit. There is a stay and play session after the show where the children get to meet the actors and discuss their experiences by drawing and talking about what they
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.
In 2013 Trestle is touring The Snow Queen around the UK, supported by Arts Council England, having taken the production to India in 2012 in partnership with the British Council.
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.