18th July 2017, Pavillion Theatre, Worthing
Summer of Circus program
A great venue for the premiere of the show! As the venue had booked a package including a tightwire workshop we were able to get in the day before and settle in. The theatre have a brilliant technical team who would do anything to help with set up and we were also able to have 2 runs before the show. Worthing Theatre also offered us some filming in-kind from Worthing Theatres marketing team, which we later edited to make the trailer – Thank you!
The show went well with a very responsive audience. The Q&A afterwards raised interesting questions about the devising of the show, comments about age suitability and whether your shoe size makes a difference on the tightwire.
21st July 2017, Jackson’s Lane, London
Postcards is Jacksons Lane’s annual festival of back to back one nighters of brand new circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance where tickets are ‘pay what you can’.
The get in was easy and the space is great to work in, with a lovely technical team. Although we had some difficulties with the tight wing space for our scene changes. The audience although small was great and we have really brilliant feedback after the show.
22nd September 2017, Quarterhouse, Folkestone
By Folkstone it felt like we were on a roll- the theatre was a great space to work in. It was a very easy show with extremely good audience response. The Folkestone Triennial was happening at the same time, which had an unfortunate and unforeseen affect on audience numbers, but there was a buzz for ‘arty’ stuff.
At Folkestone we hired in a photographer to take some promotion shots for us to use for future promotion and we filmed the full show.
1st October 2017, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare
Weekend of Wonders program
Part of a weekend of events ranging from outdoor work in the town centre to our indoor show on the Sea Front. We brought Rise, The Giant Balloon Show and tightwire workshops, so maximised on our time there.
Tropicana was more of a versatile performance space than a traditional theatre venue, but it worked well with help from the technical crew. They are also a new venue and a still developing their audiences there. Producer Fiona Matthews told us that they are trying to build audience numbers and finding it hard, but that shows like this really help.
As extra incentive to get people to the venue another performer was brought in as an ‘opener’ in the bar area 30mins before Rise- this worked well as a warm up for the audience- we would consider this as an option for the future in other venues.
At the end of the show we had some amazing audience reactions and comments.
13th October 2017, The Brook Theatre, Chatham
A ‘home’ gig; we know this theatre very well and the technical crew were great.
The Brook is a very old theatre, so rather than playing on the large stage we came forwards and set the show up on the floor to be closer to the audience. This was a challenge to squeeze the show into a smaller space and we needed to hire a truss frame for our cyc, but it all worked well and showed us how the show can be adapted into lots of different spaces.
We had a great audience response during and afterward the show.
Still to come….
21st October 2017, The Drill House, Great Yarmouth
Our final performance for this years tour and we are delighted to be finishing where the show was created to a supportive audience.
We hope that everyone who came to the work-in-progress showings will come back to see the final show and celebrate what has been an amazing journey creating Rise!