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JANUARY 2017 APRIL 2017

A CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE THEATRE ROYAL BATH


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The New Adventures of

Snow Mouse

Directed by Nik Partridge Performed by Gergo Danka

Designed by Edwina Bridgeman Music by Alex Vann Puppetry by Marc Parrett Originally directed by Ellen Havard

An enchanting winter’s tale for the youngest children - back by huge popular demand After an extended run last Christmas, we are thrilled to welcome back our co-producers Travelling Light with a new story about the little white mouse’s adventures in the snow. Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A boy hurries to put on his winter clothes so he can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. Just when he’s starting to feel a bit lonely he finds a sleeping mouse buried under the soft white flakes. Sliding, tumbling and laughing, they explore the winter wonderland together and keep each other safe and warm from the winter freeze. Come and join the two new friends on their adventures in a magical forest full of play, puppetry and music.

Thurs 15 Dec - Sun 22 Jan

(Very limited availability before New Year, good availability from 3 Jan)

£8.50/£7.50 children & students / £6.50 nurseries 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm (no Monday performances) Roper Room at the egg 2


Photo: Sam Farr

WELCOME TO THE EGG The egg is a driving force of creativity, innovation and children’s arts at the heart of the Theatre Royal Bath. Its annual work includes: • Presenting, producing and touring new work for a young audience • Developing teaching practice and arts-based curriculums in schools • Developing young theatre-makers through its Theatre School Based in Bath, the egg plays a national role in the development of children’s arts and innovative theatre-making practice.

Patron: Samuel West Credits include Mr Selfridge and many leading classical roles for the RSC. He recently starred in Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Box Office: 01225 823409 / 448844 www.theatreroyal.org.uk/the-egg 3


Sat 4 - Sun 5 Feb

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A Tom Penn and Battersea Arts Centre co-production

NEVERLAND

Let’s go on a journey. Let’s sail through the sky and dive deep beneath the ocean. Let’s go together. Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s world of Neverland in Peter Pan, toddlers and their parents are invited to step into a white tented den to play among dazzling 360 degree video projections. Footage flits between real and animated scenes of nature, from forest canopies to sea-beds, accompanied by an original score.

‘OPENS YOUR MIND TO CHILD-LIKE WONDER AGAIN’ AUDIENCE MEMBER

10am, 11.15am, 1.30pm & 2.45pm £16 per pair (please book in pairs of one adult and one child)

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This production is sponsored by Monkton Pre-Prep School


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Tues 7 Feb 20 Stories High and Contact present

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“I TOLD MY MUM I WAS GOING ON AN RE TRIP...” Created & Directed by Julia Samuels

A New Verbatim Play with Live Music and Poetry What do you know about abortion? What do you think about it? Why can we debate it as an idea, but not talk about it as an experience? The award-winning 20 Stories High brings together the real voices of a host of different people, in a provocative, warm and engaging show which challenges assumptions and ideas about abortion and gets us talking about something that 1 in 3 women in the UK will experience in their lifetimes.

‘THERE ARE FEW, IF ANY, WRITERS AND COMPANIES AROUND THAT CAN COMPETE WITH THIS BUNCH: CATCH THEM WHILE YOUCAN. 10/10’ LIVERPOOL ECHO ON 20 STORIES HIGH

7pm Followed by post show discussion £8.50/£7.50 children Running time: 1hour 15 minutes

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7+ Fri 10 - Tues 14 Feb Fine Chisel presents

BENEATH THE BLIZZARD

For a long time, nobody has ventured above ground. Since the disaster, it’s not safe. An icy wind screams between buildings and drifts of snowmen haunt the streets. The city is forgotten. But down in a secret bolthole, the music beats on. A band of survivors and misfits, chancers and outcasts, dance in the dark. And they never forget. Join a fantastical troupe of rogues and rebels on the eve of their biggest adventure yet. The night that the music stops. Expect fast-paced instrument-swapping and faster-paced character-swapping, as Fine Chisel (the Incubator company that brough Flit Flap Fly to early years audiences) burrow into Bath with their customary blend of playful storytelling and rousing folk tunes with soaring harmonies as they transform the egg into an underground party, a resistance headquarters and a secret haven of cheer.

Fri 1pm & 7pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am & 3pm Mon: 3pm & 7pm, Tues 11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children Running time: 90 minutes including interval 7


Thurs 16 - Sun 19 Feb & Thurs 23 - Sun 26 Feb

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Theatre-Rites presents

BEASTY BABY One of Lyn Gardner of The Guardian’s top 10 theatre shows of 2015

Deep in the forest, in a wintry land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Mayhem and laughter await around every corner as three people embark on a wild adventure to bring up this very mischievous and totally loveable child. Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family, to warm up those cold winter days.

‘AN IMAGINATIVE BUNDLE OF JOY’

THE STAGE

11.30am & 3pm Except 23 & 24 Feb:10.30am & 1pm £8.50/£7.50 children Relaxed performance: Thurs 16 Feb 3pm (Half Term)

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Fri 3 - Sun 5 March Wriggle Dance presents

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THE COLOUR OF ME

Join us in a magical world of colour. Can you feel the excitement of the deep blue sea, the green peacefulness of nature, or bravely go where no child has ever been… inside an orange? But do watch out for red, who is sometimes very cross... Come and experience the beautiful rainbow of emotions that lives inside each and every one of us. What colour are you today? With live music and projection this interactive dance theatre performance promises to delight, tickle and inspire.

Fri 10.30am & 1pm Sat & Sun 11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children

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Mon 13 March Curious Monkey in association with Northern Stage present

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LEAVING by Paddy Campbell

Leaving home for the first time … is a step into the dark. A whole new life. If you’re leaving the care system, the reality hits even harder. Leaving tells the real stories of care leavers and their experiences at the pivotal moment when they leave care. It also gives voice to those working within the system from staff in children’s homes to MPs and policy makers. Using the young people’s own words, an ensemble cast and an award-winning creative team will test the boundaries of verbatim theatre to bring these real voices to the stage. A new play by Paddy Campbell (Wet House, Live Theatre / Soho - Guardian Top Ten plays 2013, ) Leaving will create an immediate, immersive experience that will change the way you think about young people in care.

7pm All tickets £5

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Wed 8- Sun 12 March Filskit Theatre with support from The Incubator at the egg presents

BRIGHT SPARKS Links and Rex are like light and dark, left and right. Links is logical - she likes order and fact. Rex is different - she is imaginative, a daydreamer. Watch these two opposites get their wires crossed and their noodles in a muddle as they strive to find ways to work and play together. With humour and mesmerising visuals Bright Sparks explores the beauty of difference, inspired by research into how both sides of the brain must strike a balance for us to see, move and speak. About the show Research into Bright Sparks began at the egg’s 2015 Incubator. The piece looks at the left and right sides of the brain and attempts to debunk the popular and limiting myth that people are either simply ‘logical’ OR ‘creative’. In this wordless production we aim to demonstrate that the human brain actually needs both sides to function together without one dominating the other. We wish to bring our twist on neuroscience to 3-7 year olds and their families in a fun and exciting show where our two clashing characters, Links and Rex, play through the medium of light in our colourful ‘brain’.

Wed, Thurs, Fri 10.30am & 1pm Sat & Sun 11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children For additional brain-related activities, read about the Brain Lab...

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BRIGHT SPARKS BRAIN LAB

Get your brain boggling with our interactive oer Accompany your trip to see Bright Sparks with a spin around the Brain Lab. Don your lab coats and join us for a host of interactive brain based activities all over the egg. Find out facts about the brain, explore the science behind how our minds work and dive into the science of the cranium! With links to curriculum science, our Brain Lab will be a fun and interactive experience for your class to explore, a twist on neuroscience. Contact Creative Learning to find out more information about this project.

BRAIN LAB FACTS The brain contains billions of nerve cells that send and receive information around the body. The human brain is protected by the skull (cranium), a protective casing made up of 22 bones that are joined together. The brain of an adult human weighs around 3 pounds!

To book call Creative Learning 01225 823421 creative.learning@theatreroyal.org.uk 13


Sat 18 - Sun 19 March

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Let’s All Dance presents

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. She loved playing with her golden ball but one day she dropped it in the pond. When a very friendly and very bouncy frog offers to retrieve it in exchange for her friendship, she is far from keen. But in the end the princess must agree to be his friend just to get her ball back. Slowly their friendship grows and the princess is rewarded in true fairytale style. This beautiful original ballet combines all the ingredients to charm audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous costumes and crystal clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of classical ballet, and make it accessible to all. A lovely production and a heart-warming tale with the theme of friendship at its core.

‘ABSOLUTELY MESMERISING AND MAGICAL’ MUM. BIRMINGHAM 11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children

This production is sponsored by Monkton Pre-Prep School

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3-6 Mad about dance? Aged 3, 4, 5 or 6 years? The egg’s new dance group offers children a chance to explore dance technique through structured dance classes, each designed through consultation with Rambert contemporary dance company. Our dance professional guides these Mini Movers through the basics of ballet, modern and street dance in a fun and friendly way, appropriate for both boys and girls equally. Interested? You can sign up for a free taster session at the start of the Spring term (places limited). Make sure you book to avoid disappointment. See page 27 for more details. Saturday mornings: 21 Jan – 1 April 9.30am – 10am (3-4 yrs) 10.15am – 10.45am (5-6 yrs) £50 per term To book contact egg reception on 01225 823409 or email egg.reception@theatreroyal.org.uk

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Sat 25 - Sun 26 March

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The Quarter Too Ensemble presents

WOJTEK: THE HAPPY WARRIOR

This playful imagining is based on the unbelievable true story of Private Wojtek; a Syrian Brown Bear who was enlisted into the Polish Army Corp during WW2. Wojtek (translation: happy warrior) lived with his Polish soldier comrades in the Middle East and eventually saw action with his Artillery Company at the battle of Monte Cassino. After the war Wojtek travelled to Scotland with his unit in search of a new life. He spent the end of his days as a resident of the Edinburgh Zoo. Watch Wojtek wrestle, ride in army trucks, set sail for war and aid the fight in the largest land battle in WW2 as the company brings a rag-tag selection of army issue objects to life. The ensemble takes it in turns to show us how Wojtek the Bear saw his own story, and how the conflict of war can leave some with nothing to go back for.

‘PULLS THE HEARTSTRINGS AND LEAVES YOU SMILING’ BROADWAY BABY Sat & Sun11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children Would you like this physical devised piece to come to your school? See information on page 35

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Fri 31 March - Mon 3 April

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Theatre Royal Bath TheatreSchool presents

ENRON by Lucy Prebble Directed by John East

‘The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren’t smart enough to do what we did.’ In Enron, one of the most infamous scandals in financial history is transformed into a theatrical epic. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, the play follows the story of one company’s greed, triumph and downfall. Today, as the world buckles under the weight of economic excess and crippling debt, the play is more relevant now than ever. This promises to be another explosive show from the TheatreSchool, following politically charged productions of Antigone and Bedbug (National Theatre) in 2016. Enron premiered in 2009, transferring to the West End and later Broadway. It won the 2009 TMA Award for Best New Play.

‘ONE OF THE MOST INCISIVE, MOST GROWN-UP POLITICAL DRAMAS OF THE PAST 10 YEARS’ OBSERVER

This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.

Evenings 7pm Matinees Sat & Sun 2pm £8.50/£6.50 for Theatre School members Post Show Discussion: Monday To book your Enron schools workshop please contact creative.learning@theatreroyal.org.uk

TRB TheatreSchool Sponsor:

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Sat 15 April

MRS H AND THE SING-ALONG BAND

Music for All ages

Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique family music to Bath and the egg for the first time. Their aim is to provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Dub, comedy and theatre, this unique band presents the ‘sing-along’ with a new lease of life for all the family to join in with. Headed up by Mrs H on lead vocals and guitar, the all-star band includes members of Red Snapper, Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo, Beth Orton’s band and The Leisure Society, on an array of instruments including guitars, banjos, double bass, accordion and trumpet. The tour is in support of their new sing-along book Mrs H Sings, which pulls material from their two albums as well as some brand new tunes. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

‘WITH HER UNIQUE SPIRIT SHE CAN WOO CAPACITY AUDIENCES TO SING, DANCE AND FORGET THE WORLD OUTSIDE’ CAMP BESTIVAL 11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children 20


Sun 16 April Krazy Kat Theatre presents

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OLIVER IN THE OVERWORLD by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood

Oliver in the Overworld is the first ever musical created from scratch with sign language. It’s a funny, surreal, picaresque tale of a little deaf boy who travels to The Overworld, The Land of Machinery, seeking the parts to mend the memory of his best friend Oliver the Grandfather Clock. Created by multi award -winning Artistic Director Kinny Gardner (The Very Magic Flute) with beautiful puppets, magical transformations, 10 super songs and daft dances and featuring fully integrated Sign Language, this is an ingenious and imaginative theatre show with big laughs! Showcasing Krazy Kat’s mastery of visual storytelling it’s bristling with creativity, humour and catchy tunes and is suitable for both deaf and hearing audiences.

‘CHILDREN WERE AGOG, LAUGHING AND CLAPPING THEN BREATHLESS AND ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS” WHATSONSTAGE REVIEW OF EDMUND THE LEARNED PIG

11.30am & 3pm £8.50/£7.50 children

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FAMILY EASTER TREAT Tues 18 - Sun 23 April

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The egg and The Wardrobe Ensemble present

ELOISE AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN WHISK

The year is 1944. In the depths of a dusty larder in the bombed ruins of a Bath restaurant, Eloise finds a beautiful, golden whisk. But when she clutches the shimmering relic, she unleashes an ancient curse. The only way to free herself is to cook the tastiest dish in the world. With time running out, Eloise scurries into the broken city’s underworld, undertaking extraordinary feats to gather the ingredients and discover the recipe. But with a rabble of greedy gangsters also chasing the whisk, will she succeed in evading its curse? The egg and The Wardrobe Ensemble present this perfect Easter treat, a swashbuckling adventure served up with lashings of laughs, thrills and scrumptious live music and performed in two acts by a large cast.

‘INVENTIVE

STORYTELLING TOLD WITH WARMTH AND A HUGE SENSE OF FUN’ THE STAGE ‘MORE CHARMING THAN MARY BERRY AND MORE WARMING THAN A CUP OF BOVRIL’ EXEUNT Tues 7pm, Wed & Thur 2pm, Fri 2pm & 7pm Sat & Sun 11am & 3pm £12/£10 children Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes including interval

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Tues 14 March – Sat 25 March The National Theatre production of

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME A New Play by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon Directed by Marianne Elliott The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production returns to Bath after a sell-out visit in 2015. Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning director Marianne Elliott. Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world...

Week One: Tues - Wed 7.30pm, Thurs - Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed, Thurs and Sat 2.30pm Week Two: Mon - Wed 7.30pm, Thurs - Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed and Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £22 Schools discounts apply

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HALF TERM TREAT Tues 30 May – Sat 3 June A Nuffield and Curve Production in association with Lyric Hammersmith

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ROALD DAHL’S

FANTASTIC MR FOX Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft Directed by Maria Aberg Music by Arthur Darvill Lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft & Al Muriel

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox. Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away? This new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!

Tues 7pm Wed – Sat 2pm & 7pm Tues – Thurs: £18.50 & £25 Fri & Sat: £20 & £27

£4 off for under 16s Tues - Thurs £2 off for under 16s Fri - Sat Subject to availibility. No other discounts apply

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EARLY YEARS 1½-4

Weekly Sessions Dinkies is the egg’s pre-school drama workshop where children are supported by their parent/carer to explore the world around them through play. Led by egg early years practitioners, sessions include songs, rhymes, storytelling, drama, craft and movement. Our Dinkies workshop model has been developed to support and continue creative interaction between parent and child, led by storytelling and imaginative play. Spring Dates: Fridays 20 Jan - 31 March (no session Fri 17 Feb) Summer Dates: Saturdays 28 April - 7 July (no session Sat 2 June) Age 1½ – 2 yrs: 9.30am – 10.15am Age 2½yrs – 4 yrs: 10.30am – 11.15am £75 per term

NEW FOR 2017

Story Time Adventures Join a host of guest artists and storytellers as they bring your favourite picture books to life in this fun storytelling performance for ages 1 ½ - 4 years and their carers. This season, Dragonbird Theatre will be our guest storytellers, taking us on magical journeys with their beautifully adapted and also newly created stories. Already a pre-school sensation in Bristol, Dragonbird are partnering with the egg this season to bring their unique style to the building. www.dragonbirdtheatre.co.uk Thurs 9 Feb – The Sun, The Moon and the Coffeepot Thurs16 March – The Owl and the Pussycat Thurs 27 April – The Tale of Two Planets 10am & 11.15am, £3 NB: All audience members require a ticket

With Usborne books on sale in the café surrounding the event, there is plenty to entertain your playful pre-schooler in the egg!

Dinkies activities are kindly sponsored by Monkton Pre-Prep School. Monkton will be hosting extra Story Time sessions at the Pre-Prep School: Sat 1 April - Shouty Arthur 2pm & 3.15pm. NB: All audience members require a ticket. Contact egg reception to book. 26


EARLY YEARS 3-6

The egg’s dance class for children who love to move! Our new group for children offers them a chance to explore dance technique through structured dance classes, each designed through consultation with Rambert contemporary dance company. Our dance professional guides these Mini Movers through the basics of ballet, modern and street dance in a fun and friendly way. Responding to a different theme each week, the group has already enjoyed exploring opposites, space, animals, sports and autumn, while listening to some carefully selected, inspiring tunes. Interested? You can sign up for a free taster session at the start of the Spring term (places limited). Make sure you book to avoid disappointment. ‘Our little boy loves to dance and respond to music, but he’s put off other dance classes due to the overwhelming numbers of girls and pink leotards. So Mini Movers has been the perfect unisex dance class for him - letting him explore music and movement, and use his imagination to bring characters and themes to life’ Parent of 6 year old

Spring Dates: Saturdays 21 Jan - 1 April (no session Sat 18 Feb) Summer Dates: Saturdays 29 April - 8 July (no session Sat 3 June) 9.30 – 10am (3-4 yrs) 10.15 – 10.45am (5-6 yrs) £50 per term

Birthday Parties Celebrate your birthday with an access-all-areas trip to the egg!

Watch a play in reserved seats Meet the actors* Have a backstage tour* Birthday lunch at a reserved party table in the café To co-ordinate your very own Birthday Party Package contact the egg reception. Prices start at £15 per head (includes lunch and theatre ticket) * Additional payment email egg.reception@theatreroyal.org.uk

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Tues 4 – Sat 8 April 2017

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NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS

Following on from the success of the Connections 500 Festival last year, which saw a record number of companies take part in the nation’s largest youth theatre festival, the egg is playing host once again to the Connections Festival in Bath. The Theatre Royal Bath’s own TheatreSchool production, Bedbug, was selected to be performed at the Dorfman Theatre, at the National Theatre London last year. The 2017 festival week will be jam-packed with a plethora of performances from youth theatre groups from all over the South West, performing brand new plays specially commissioned by the National Theatre. We are very excited to welcome 10 visiting companies from all over the south west region to the egg to perform their chosen work.

6.30pm £5

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Chagford Youth Theatre EXTREMISM by Anders Lustgarten Lyme Youth Theatre THE MONSTRUM by Kellie Smith Matravers School #YOLO by Matthew Bulgo New College, Swindon STATUS UPDATE by Tim Etchells Nuffield Youth Theatre THE MONSTRUM by Kellie Smith Sherborne Girls School FOMO by Suhayla El-Bushra St Peter’s School THE MONSTRUM by Kellie Smith Trowbridge Arts Youth Company THE SCHOOL FILM by Patrick Marber Wellington School STATUS UPDATE by Tim Etchells Westfield Arts College THE SCHOOL FILM by Patrick Marber


Mon 7 – Sun 27 Aug 2017

SUMMER COMPANY 2017 In collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath TheatreSchool

In August 2016, the Theatre Royal Bath launched a new performance project: Summer Company. Over three weeks, 40 teenagers came together to experience life as a resident theatre company, working with a team of professionals to stage a new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. ‘From the opening moments, it was clear that director John East had worked with the talented, versatile and disciplined cast to create a stylised, radical and stunningly moving piece of physical theatre in the space of a few short weeks’ Fine Times Recorder

In August 2017, Summer Company returns bigger and better and now’s your chance to get involved!

Acting places - ages 12-18 £350

Backstage places - ages 14-18 £225

30 places available. Work closely with the director and other professionals (such as a Voice Coach and Movement Director) to get the play on its feet in just two weeks! Casting takes place through group workshops at the beginning of the process, and the focus is on working as an ensemble.

10 places available. Focus on a specific role or get a taste for it all. Last year’s participants included an Assistant Director, Deputy Stage Manager, Wardrobe Assistants, Prop and Puppetry makers. Take masterclasses with the Creative Team and go on a road trip to the theatre’s costume and prop stores!

First two weeks - rehearsals and production workshops, third week - technical and dress rehearsals before the play opens for six public performances. For more information, including a short video about The Hound of the Baskervilles and to download an application pack please visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk, or call the egg reception on 01225 823409.

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TRB TheatreSchool Patrons: Ashley Jenson & Lee Lyford

The Theatre Royal Bath TheatreSchool is a place where members can be inspired by making theatre, performing in shows, and developing production skills. It provides a place of learning for professional theatre practice and personal development. We are an inclusive youth theatre that aims to give its members exceptional experiences as both the theatre-makers and human-beings of the future. Our productions in 2016, performed by members aged 9-18, were: A Shakespearean Cabaret; a promenade version of Antigone; Bedbug the Musical, which transferred to the National Theatre; The Hound of the Baskervilles; a late night Horror Tour backstage at the Theatre Royal; and a new devised production, Ruins, exploring what the future might look like for young people. We have many exciting plans for 2017, why not come and be a part of it!

JUNIORS 5-8 YEARS

SENIORS 14-18 YEARS

£75 PER TERM

£115 PER TERM

FOUNDATION 9-11 YEARS

BACKSTAGE 12-18 YEARS

Age 5 - 6: Saturdays 11am -12.30pm Age 7 - 8: Saturdays 1.30pm - 3pm

Mondays 5pm - 6.30pm Tuesdays 5pm - 6.30pm

Usually Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (times vary)

Thursdays 7pm - 9pm £115 PER TERM

£115 PER TERM

DEVELOPMENT 12-14 YEARS Tuesdays 6.45pm - 8.45pm £115 PER TERM

To join please contact egg reception on 01225 823409 or download an application pack from www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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THE INCUBATOR The Incubator is the egg’s pioneering new work programme. We work with and support emerging artists and established theatre-makers to create exciting new work for young audiences. Since its inception in 2013 The Incubator has supported 28 artists and theatre companies. We have produced/co-produced and toured five Incubator productions, working with some of this nation’s theatrical powerhouses. Another three Incubator projects have been produced independently by other organisations. And our reach is only getting wider... In 2016 the 2-day Incubator showcase was sold out and we are working on 4 of the 7 presentations going in to production; much like the story of Bright Sparks by Filskit Theatre, which began its journey in the 2015 Incubator showcase and is now on a national tour, (see pages 12-13). The next Incubator showcase will be in Autumn 2017 – watch this space.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS - INFORMATION Primary Partner Schools Your link to a cultural setting

Happily Ever After In May 2017, the egg will be showcasing a beautiful piece of theatre based on the book King and King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland. We think Happily Ever After is an important piece of theatre, and we want you to be involved. It is every school’s responsibility, under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that education meets the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students, and to protect these students from harassment or victimisation. Ofsted are now looking at how inclusive and supportive schools are of both LGBT students and students from LGBT families. Working with the Proud Trust we will be hosting a CPD session to further understand the LGBT youth community in our schools. We would love you to be a part of this experience, to bring members of your class to see this performance, and to share your voice with us in our CPD session. Please contact creative.learning@theatreroyal.org.uk for more information.

Over the course of this year we have been working with schools from Bristol, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire to establish a link between our theatre and their school. Head Teachers are making the brave decision to ensure that over the course of a year – they will bring every single student to a piece of high quality theatre, at the egg. We have been able to tailor workshops, offer educational resources and bespoke experiences for each group that visits. This investment in cultural capital is part of a challenge to enable young people to be a part of the theatre, to enrich their learning experiences and to enliven a sense of understanding of the world beyond their school. ‘We have been delighted with the tailor-made programme of theatre activity that has been put together by the egg. As a school that values the impact of theatre for improving children’s confidence and self-esteem, we have enabled each of our year groups to experience high-quality theatre productions and workshops through a termly visit to the egg. The week before the trip teachers build the production topic into their weekly planning so that children get the most out of the trip. Zara (Year 6) told me: “Macbeth was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and will never forget my trip to the theatre, EVER” ’ Yvonne Morrison, Head Teacher

To get involved with an experimental science workshop see pages 12-13

To find out how your school can begin their journey to working alongside the egg, contact the Creative Learning team, or pop in for a coffee and have a look around.

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Summer Term

March 2018

School’s Summer Production

Shakeathon

Stage your school’s end of year production at the egg with support from our team of theatre professionals.

4 Schools, 2 Shakespeare plays, 1 giant performance festival week at the egg!

Kick off your school production rehearsal period with a series of in-school sessions with a theatre director. During the summer term we’ll help prepare your students for their performance and support the staff team to rehearse and polish the performance ready to be performed on the egg stage!

If you’d like to be involved in this project for 2018, get in touch with us now.

You’ll have a full on-stage rehearsal with our in-house technical team to add sound effects and stage lighting before we welcome friends and family to see your fantastic end of year performance in the auditorium.

In the Main House

End the year with a performance celebration!

Future planning for Shakespeare extravaganza

You pick the show and we’ll give you the know-how to make it a real treat for the end of term. 3 x 90 minute in-school sessions with your professional theatre practitioner who can help guide you, work with groups of students, and be your link to the egg theatre. A half day in-school session for your final rehearsal, with your practitioner by your side to help. A half day at the egg theatre to have your dress rehearsal with lights and sound. An evening performance live on stage for an audience of 100. From £750 – contact us to build your package.

Tues 30 May - Sat 3 June Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox See page 25

Not sure what to see? Get in touch with us, and we can help you to decide which performance best suits your group. To book call Creative Learning 01225 823421 creative.learning@theatreroyal.org.uk 33


SECONDARY SCHOOLS - INFORMATION Visit one of the only designated theatres for children and young people in the UK, or its parent venues, Theatre Royal Bath, or the Ustinov Studio, with your students for a high-quality arts experience. Start a conversation with us about how we can help you deliver your classes, prepare for exams or offer suggestions for performances/workshops.

SHOW-RELATED WORKSHOPS - MAIN HOUSE

We can provide lunch rooms, tours and drama workshops (in school or the theatre) to support any of these shows. Contact Creative Learning to find out more. Workshops from £100. For show information please see www.theatreroyal.org.uk

The Winter’s Tale

The Curious Incident...

Pygmalion

Nell Gwynn

Wed 22 - Sat 25 Feb

Tues 14 - Sat 25 March

Tues 4 - Sat 8 April

Tues 25 - Sat 29 April

How can we support you? There are a number of ways that the Creative Learning team can support you to access our work and also develop your own arts practice within your school. If you haven’t had a meeting with our Creative Learning Coordinator yet, do give James a call or an email and he would be delighted to talk to you about how we can work together. Here are a few ideas for starters: Have your INSET at the egg! We have hosted a few delightful whole-school INSETs this year, full of creativity and adventure – even a chance to see behind the scenes of this historic working theatre. Why not book an INSET with a difference?!

Mon 10 – Fri 14 July 2017

Junior Apprentices

Work Experience for GCSE & A level students at the egg Applications for the 2016/2017 work experience programme are now open. Our unique Junior Apprentice programme offers a week of workshops and talks from industry professionals that give students a practical introduction to the range of careers housed in a producing theatre before furthering or continuing their studies, or seeking employment in their chosen field.

Teacher’s Network meeting

Delivered over 5 days, the programme culminates in an event – conceived and produced by the young people.

Join our network of Drama Teachers who meet regularly to share practice, develop ideas and generally have a good chat over a drink!

Interested students need to fill out an application form and write a covering letter. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Let us have your email so you don’t miss out.

NB: We are unable to accept students on any dates other than those specified.

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Sun 19 March

Thur 23 & Fri 24 March

Teacher CPD

Workshops and Masterclasses for you You spoke, and we listened – you wanted high quality theatre makers so that’s what we are offering. Having recently worked with Kneehigh and Sally Cookson, we are excited to announce our next session for teachers and performers:

FRANTIC ASSEMBLY This physical masterclass allows you to experience what it is like to be an actor in the rehearsal room with the astonishing Frantic Assembly (movement directors on the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - see page 24). Grow in physical confidence, try out the Frantic devising process and enhance your skills in performance, movement, directing and critical analysis. Included in the price is a ticket to see The Curious Incident... at Theatre Royal Bath (Main House) on Thu 16 Mar at 8pm. Book now as only a few spaces remain for this workshop. Keep an eye out for potential future CPD with Headlong, Shakespeare’s Globe and Cheek by Jowl. 10.15am-1.15pm The Roper Room at the egg (meet in the egg cafe) £40

Links to the Industry

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Performance at your School Wojtek: The Happy Warrior is a playful imagining of the unbelievable true story of a Syrian brown bear adopted by the Polish Army during WW2. (See pages 16-17) This versatile show is available for performances in your school, and can be tailored for schools with theatre facilities as well as schools with a ‘hall’ space. This is an incredibly exciting offer!

Workshops Up to 30 students (can be flexible) The company can tailor the workshop to include the creative process; devising; and performance skills. Cost: £600 for a half day to include one performance and a tailored workshop.

Industry Day (KS 4-5)

In June 2016, we hosted our first morning of industry insight - a chance for students interested in a career in the theatre to find out more about jobs that aren’t on the stage, with access to experts and the theatre building. Over 100 students and teachers attended the morning, with overwhelmingly positive feedback on how it impacted their students. Contact the Creative Learning team to express interest in bringing a student group (maximum 10) to the theatre for a free day of exploring and learning. Free for GCSE & A Level Students.

To book call Creative Learning 01225 823421 creative.learning@theatreroyal.org.uk 35


ENGAGE

A programme of participatory and other activities for adults

Wed 19 & Thu 20 April TRB Engage & Screenology present

THE ABANDONED Sometime, not too far in to the future, a nation gathers to watch a natural phenomenon: the moon passing in front of the sun. But what if a once in a lifetime spectacle becomes an earthshattering event and the world is plunged into perpetual shadow? Written by Mike Akers, Sharon Clark, Katherine Hunter and Samuel E Taylor and performed by TRB Engage actors, this feature-length film is made in partnership with Screenology Film School and directed by Philip Perry and Tom Brereton-Downs. 8.30pm, ÂŁ7/ÂŁ5 discounts, Little Theatre Cinema, St Michaels Place, Bath BA1 1SG

Sat 7 or Sun 8 Jan

AUDITION CALL-OUT If you are aged 18+ and would like to audition for The Abandoned, we will be holding two audition days: Sat 7 or Sun 8 Jan, 10am-6pm Natural Theatre HQ, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA

No experience is required but you must be available for a potential daytime call back on Sat 14 or Sun 15 Jan, and a training day on Sat 28 Jan (10am-5pm), two weekday rehearsals from Mon 30 Jan-Sun 19 Feb and two weekdays from Mon 20 Feb-Sun 5 Mar (for the shoot). To book an audition, please email engage@ theatreroyal.org.uk with your availability for Sat 7 and/or Sun 8 Jan.

"The absolute best, most challenging, exhausting, thrilling, incredible experience ever. Met some amazing people and actually cannot get my head round what we all achieved!" - Previous Engage performer, 2016

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Wednesdays 11 Jan - 15 Mar

THEATRE ACTING: THE ESSENTIALS Led by Alice Barclay, this 10-week intensive course covers the core skills of theatre acting. Rooted in plays written in the 21st century, each week has a different focus with guest practitioners (including Alison Bomber, Toby Hulse and Lucinka Eisler). Suitable for all levels. £120, 7pm-9.30pm, Natural Theatre HQ, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Feb

Sat 11 Mar

Sun 19 Mar

STORYTELLING WEEKEND

SET DESIGNING ON A BUDGET

FRANTIC ASSEMBLY MASTERCLASS

Join Martin Maudsley during National Storytelling Week for this magical weekend of walking and storytelling. An inspirational guided walk is followed by a two-part workshop on the art of oral storytelling. After lunch, work with a musician before performing your story together.

What does a set designer do? How can a design realise the vision of both director and designer? And how can you do it all on a small budget? This practical, hands-on masterclass offers a raft of tips and techniques for creating affordable sets with added wow factor.

10am-5pm (packed lunch included, plus optional evening pub visit), £60, meet egg café

10am-5pm, £25 Natural Theatre HQ, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA

This physical masterclass allows you to experience what it is like to be an actor in the rehearsal room with the astonishing Frantic Assembly (movement directors on Curious Incident... page 26). Grow in confidence, try out the Frantic devising process and enhance your skills. Included in the price is a ticket to see Curious Incident... Thu 16 Mar, 8pm. 10.15am-1.15pm, £40, the Roper Room at the egg

For further details, or to book any of the events listed here, please visit theatreroyal.org.uk/engage or call the Box Office on 01225 823409/448844 37


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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW... BOX OFFICE HOURS: Main Box Office Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm Sunday 12 noon until the start of the show Bank Holidays 12noon – 8pm egg reception 9am – 6pm (including Bank Holidays when there is a show)

ACCESS TO THE EGG:

WHERE IS THE EGG? the egg theatre is attached to the Theatre Royal Bath and Ustinov Studio. The entrance to the egg is between Stage Door and the Ustinov entrance, on the corner of Monmouth Street and St John’s Place.

• Sennheiser Infra-Red Audio System in auditorium

PAYMENT: A Booking Fee will apply. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1. By Post: The Theatre will adjust the total figure if your calculations are incorrect. A postage charge of £1 will be addded to all bookings sent without a SAE. Please do not transmit credit/debit card through email, as internet connections are not necessarily secure. INFORMATION: All plays are performed in English and take place in the egg auditorium unless otherwise stated. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The recommended age ranges for shows are for your guide only. We suggest you stick as closely to them as possible for the benefit of the audience members. Lap seats £1 for infants aged 0 -2 years - available for certain performances only. All patrons including infants must have a valid ticket.

• Nearby parking space for Blue Badge Holders • Level access into building • Lift to all levels • Adapted toilets • Hearing & Guide Dogs allowed • Wheelchair spaces in the Stalls only Accompanying persons pay discounted price • Breast Feeding Friendly • Signed Performances available on request. Must be booked one month in advance Email: lindsay.baker@theatreroyal.org.uk • Relaxed Performances - Open to everyone, but specifically adapted for children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. • Tickets and Information available on 01225 823409/ 448844 and on the Minicom: 01225 329689

the egg: 01225 823409 Theatre Royal Bath Box Office: 01225 448844 Online Booking: www.theatreroyal.org.uk Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET

the egg café The egg is open 7 days a week! Relax in our family-friendly café and arts venue. We have a well-equipped play corner for children and you can enjoy a lovely cup of coffee, a light lunch or delicious cake and watch the celebrities come and go. Ask our friendly staff for more information about everything we have to offer.

Opening hours Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 4pm

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DIARY Thurs 15 DecSun 22 Jan

The New Adventures of Snow Mouse

Sat 4 Feb

Neverland

Sun 5 Feb

Neverland

Tues 7 Feb

I Told My Mum...

Thurs 9 Feb

The Sun, the Moon & the Coffee Pot

Fri 10 Feb

Beneath the Blizzard

Sat 11 Feb

Beneath the Blizzard

Sun 12 Feb

Beneath the Blizzard

Mon 13 Febt

Beneath the Blizzard

Tues 14 Feb

Beneath the Blizzard

Thurs 16 Feb

Beasty Baby

Fri 17 Feb

Beasty Baby

Sat 18 Feb

Beasty Baby

Sun 19 Feb

Beasty Baby

Thurs 23 Feb

Beasty Baby

Fri 24 Feb

Beasty Baby

Sat 25 Feb

Beasty Baby

Sun 26 Feb

Beasty Baby

Fri 3 March

The Colour of Me

Sat 4 March

The Colour of Me

Sun 5 March

The Colour of Me

Wed 8 March

Bright Sparks

Thurs 9 March

Bright Sparks

Fri 10 March

Bright Sparks

Sat 11 March

Bright Sparks

Sun 12 March

Bright Sparks

Thurs 16 March

The Owl & the Pussycat

Sat 18 March

The Princess and the Frog

Sun 19 March

The Princess and the Frog

Sat 25 March

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Sun 26 March

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Fri 31 March

Enron

Sat 1 April

Enron

Sun 2 April

Enron

Mon 3 April

Enron

Tues 4 April

National Theatre Connections

Wed 5 April

National Theatre Connections

Thurs 6 April

National Theatre Connections

Fri 7 April

National Theatre Connections

Sat 8 April

National Theatre Connections

Sat 15 April

Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band

Sun 16 April

Oliver in the Overworld

Tues 18 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Wed 19 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Thurs 20 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Fri 21 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Sat 22 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Sun 23 April

Eloise & the Curse...

Thurs 27 April

The Tale of Two Planets

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