PRESS RELEASE – Trestle Theatre Company Are Proud To Present At Trestle Arts Base – THE SNOW QUEEN
14 August 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adapted From Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale
Written by Indian writer, Anupama Chandreshekar
Performing In The UK On Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September 2012
(From its successful 2012 summer tour of India)
Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Designer: Sophia Lovell Smith
Movement Director: Emily Gray
This unique adaptation brings together an old European story; a sharp eyed comment on contemporary India underpinned with resonances of Indian mythology, cultures and geography and presented by a cast and creative team with British Asian actors and artists, with roots in the India subcontinent at its heart – resulting in a performance rich in colour, music and unforgettable imagery.
After a freak snowstorm on the southern tip of India, Kumar disappears. Gowri, his best friend, discovers that he has been captured by the formidable Snow Queen, and embarks on a journey across the length and breadth of the continent to save him.
From the burning heat of southern India, through lush backwaters, glitzy Bollywood and desolate bandit country, our brave heroine strives to bring the warmth of friendship to the icy north.
Will Kumar be trapped forever in the deathly cold of everlasting winter? Or can his closest friend find a way of melting the Snow Queen’s frozen heart?
Show Dates and Times
Saturday 1st September 2012, 2.30pm
Sunday 2nd September 2012, 2.30pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Tickets: £12 / £10 / ‘Family’ £40 (4 Tickets)
Box Office: 01727 850950 / www.allaboutstalbans.com
Genre New writing, physical theatre, choreography
Length 120 minutes (With Interval)
Target audiences Ages 6 +
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Notes for the Editor:
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.
For all the latest information about what is on at Trestle Arts Base, visit our website www.trestle.org.uk.
About The Snow Queen
The Creative Team
WRITER: Anupama Chandreshekar is an playwright based in Chennai, India, She has written a variety of plays which have been staged in the UK and India- The Snow Queen, Free Out Going and Disconnect(Royal Court Theatre) and Acid(QTP-Mumbai and Madras Players-Chennai).
DIRECTOR: Rosamunde Hutt is an British director living in the London. She has worked with a wide range of writers including Philip Osment, Phil Porter, Rosy Fordham, Carl Miller, and Oldipo Abboluaje. She has also delved into words created by Alexander Dumas, Siobhan Dowd, Elizabeth Laird and the great Brad himself, William Shakespeare.
Designer: Sophia Lovell Smith Based in London, she has designed sets ranging from: Flathampton(Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatres); Imagine That (National Theatre); Seven Shows for Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; The Flower Girls (Graeae Theatre; Space Hoppers and The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre); Jemima Puddle Duck & Her Friends (Unicorn Theatre).
Movement Director: Emily Gray is Artistic Director and CEO of Trestle Theatre. She has worked on such plays as The Birthday Of Infanta, Little India, Lola.
In India she has developed a physical theatre language influenced by folk arts and martial arts of Southern India.
Pooja Ghai (Patti / Vasanthi / Kiki) She has performed in The Snow Queen (Unicorn); Vagina Monologues (Purcell Rooms, Royal Festival Hall); Great Expectations (ETT & Watford Palace Theatre); Meet the Mukherjee’s (Bolton Octagon); Rafta, Rafta (National Theatre & tour); Song for a Sanctuary (Glasgow Domestic Violence Awareness Fortnight); Where’s my Desi Soulmate, Deranged Marriage (Rifco/Stratford East); Bhena (Kali/Soho); 14 Songs, 2 Weddings and a Funeral (Tamasha/Lyric Hammersmith) and Singh Tangoes (Riverside Studios). her recent TV credits include Spy, Eastenders (Bushra), Casualty and Doctors. Radio includes Tales of Afghan Folk.
Amakar Okafor (Gowri) She has performed at the Unicorn Theatre(London); National Theatre(Scotland) and in Theatres in New York.
Jaz Deol ( Kumar / Raj / Tridev) He has performed at the Bush Theatre on the award nominated Snookered this year; National Youth Theatre; The Young Vic and Theatre 503.
Balvinder Sopal (Snow Queen / Goddess) She has performed in Our Glass House (Tobacco Factory/Common Wealth Theatre); Tales of the Harrow Road (Soho Theatre); The House of Bilquis Bibi (Tamasha/Hampstead Theatre); Radio: An everyday of story of Afghan Folk (Radio 4); The Wild Neighbour and the Willing Coward (BBC World Service).
Shalini Peiris (Woman 1 / Neelima / Asha) Having been trained at Arts Ed London. She has performed in‘The Usual Auntijies’ (Belgrade Theatre),‘The Crossing’ (Half Moon Theatre); ‘The Arrival’ (Tamasha Theatre);‘The House of Bilquis Bibi’ (Tamasha Theatre/Harrogate Theatre),‘Lotus Beauty‘ (Tamasha Theatre); ‘Zindabad’ (Tamasha Theatre);‘Ayesha’(short film).
Asif Khan (Ice Jinn / Kaka / Tridev) Having been trained at RADA in 2009 his recent performaces have inclided: Mixed Up North (Out of Joint); Twelfth Night (National Theatre) and Playback (Ankur Productions). Recent TV work includes Spooks, Going Postal, The Liquid Bomb Plot, Casualty and Doctors.
Ery Nzaramba (Bobby / Tree / Tridev) His performances include Dionysus in THE BACCHAE ; Leonardo in BLOOD WEDDING for The Royal & Derngate Theatre; As You Like It (Curve Theatre), The Jew of Malta (re-titled Barabas, Hall for Cornwall); Slave (Feelgood Theatre); The Three Musketeers; The Tempest; The Garbage King (Unicorn Theatre), Vanhu Vese (Tangle); This Child (Company of Angels); Rendition Monologues (iceandfire; Edinburgh Fringe Festival). TV credits include The Bill; Radio credits include Proud Songster (Channel 4); Yara, The Torturers’ Tales, Ball & Chains (BBC Radio).