Aylsham

Time travellers needed

Just Regional
Jul 14, 2020 2 mins read

Fresh from busy winter productions of A Christmas Carol, at Biddy’s Tea Rooms and on an East Anglian tour, The Keeper’s Daughter theatre company is using the current lockdown to create a brand-new theatre show.

Based upon The Time Machine, by HG Wells, this new, one-person production will be a family show featuring puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary gadgets and electronic soundscapes and is being designed to play in community and non-theatrical spaces such as village halls, churches, pubs and disused shops, as well as theatres and arts centres.

Writer Mark Finbow said: “We’re trying, as best we can, to continue in some shape or form right now, and this show feels appropriate to the times we’re living through. The Time Machine is a vision of humanity’s future: a society divided in two between the delicate Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks. It’s a fun adventure in time and space, with many topical themes, which is why we wish to consult our future audiences about their visions of what lies ahead.” 

The Norwich-based theatre company has just launched its Time Travellers’ activity kit on its website – www.keepersdaughter.com – a series of activities designed to collect people’s visions of the future through design, audio, video and more.

All of the collated research will feed into the development of the professional touring show, which will hit the road in… the future! (Probably next year).

Every fortnight during this summer the company will release a new section of activities aimed at people of all ages, with all contributions being collated by the end of September.

“We’d like people to feed into the designs of our show – what will our puppets look like? What will the Time Machine itself look like? And we’d love audio recordings of people’s thoughts about humanity’s future too,” said Mark.

The page hosts a series of activities and guidelines to help families get creative with a number of artistic tasks that will inspire the final production, with the company looking for input and suggestions by the end of this summer.

This development project is supported by Norwich Science Festival, The Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft, Biddy’s Tea Rooms in Aylsham and Norwich, and Arts Council England.

For further information about the show and to find the Time Travellers’ Activity Kit go to: www.keepersdaughter.com.

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