Teasel Theatre Company
As You Like Ish
Best friends Rosalind and Celia have run away from court. One is dressed as a boy, one is dressed as a shepherdess. They’ve dragged a hapless footman with them. Now, in the forest of Arden and away from the restrictive rules of normal life, they are free to play their own tunes.
On the heels of their darkly comic adaptation of Bruno Vincent’s Grisly Tales From Tumblewater, Birmingham theatre-makers, Teasel, weave a musical, magical take on Shakespeare’s comedy, on friendship and on behaving badly in the woods.
BINGO. HYPNOSIS. THERAPY.
Spinning giddily – and not always clearly – between crime-scene-investigation, misguided therapy session and cack-handed séance for doomed starlet April Six, mingbeast present a cryptic and chaotic exploration of how we remember and of why we might prefer to forget.
In this new work, mingbeast explore the structuring of a performance that re-works and re-processes, again and again, the various fragments of a vast and sprawling narrative. As a jumbled collection of characters and events are fed repeatedly through outlandish psycho-therapies, manic re-stagings and misguided memory-exercises the narrative shifts in and out of focus.
Tonight we will be experimenting with knife therapies, bingo and the art of masked hypnosis.
The Storm is a playful, moving story of twin sisters separated as children in a storm at sea. Childishly quirky and slightly strange, Elizabeth and Alice write the story of their lives, of how it was changed forever by the dramatic events of the storm. Inseparable yet separated they meander through memory and through dramatic adventures.
They share sisterly moments, both wild and quiet, accompanied by strains of cello music and the obsessive tapping of the typewriter keys. But as we watch events unfold there is an increasing tension which develops . . . what is really happening . . . and what is conjured up in Alice’s imagination.
Gary Kitching and Greyscale
I’ve Told People Things
By Gary Kitching
Directed by Selma Dimitrijevic
Designed by Oliver Townsend
Cast Meg Fraser and Gary Kitching
I’ve Told People Things is a story about a man’s relationship with a psychic, and a psychic’s relationship with a spirit.
It’s a story about seeking solace in the unknown, and failing to connect to the living.
Its a love story. Of sorts. And there is a ghost.