A delightfully frivolous and quirky piece of interactive outdoor performance.
In “HUG”e Nest the Galloping Cuckoos become a flock of yellow heart-shaped love birds housed in a beautiful life-sized birdcage. Set them free and they will sing to you, dance for you and make you feel joyful… and they might just hug you too! “HUG”e Nest sees beautiful bird-girls communicate through song and gesture to speak to their bird watching audience in an amusing flurry of feathers.
Exploring the universal themes of home and family, place and connection,”HUG”e Nest is funny, touching and visually delightful.
This performance gives unsuspecting audience members the gift of human connection and generosity, and these moments lie at the heart of all our work.
“HUG”e Nest is “Sealed, With A Loving HUG” from start to finish.
Play with us, imitate and make intimate with us, tell us your desires, sing with us, make fun of us and laugh with us: but don’t forget us, we have not forgotten you.
This interdisciplinary performance sees five women, filled with youthful excitement, roll a moveable dressing table around the space, interacting, serenading and imitating its inhabitants. This dressing table becomes a site for reflection; reflecting the past, the present, the lost and the found. The performers migrate and explore the space searching for the image of their youth through the audiences faces, expressions and clothing. With hilarious interactions, soaring vocals and comic references to popular culture, this performance is raucous, rebellious and a reminder that youth exists in all of us no matter our ages.
The women recognise the vibrancy of being young whilst subtly acknowledging the fallacy of memory and poignancy, of a type of youth that has in part been already lived, been experienced…existed.
“On the turn of the tide we must leave to one day return home” –
a funny and nostalgic piece of interactive theatre suitable for festivals, fetes and all audiences.
A group of fisherwomen roam the coast, hauling their small fishing hut made of worn, splintered driftwood. They seek to connect with the locals, sharing their stories through choral song and old folk tunes. The fisherwomen will encourage you to write down your worries or wishes, stoppering them up in a bottle for safe-keeping. In return, they will sing a personal sea shanty, encouraging you to “cast away your worries and haul in your dreams”.
Driftwood is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, PANeK (Performing Arts Network Kent) & Applause Outdoors 212.
A flock of fanatical birdwatchers, each armed with binoculars, a deerstalker hat and their packed lunch, stalk around the forest. They are an awkward bunch, odd in manner, a collective that shares peculiarities and obsessive behaviours. United by their quest to find a new species of woodland bird, nothing is going to stop them.
The birds call out, igniting the strange group to fever pitch, each twitcher frantically searching for a new prize to add to their list – but all is not as it seems. A secret lies beneath their gawkish exterior, a secret they can hide no longer. Watch them watching you and see them express their true desires.
Birdesque is a comical mix of physical theatre, non-verbal soundscapes and clowning that plays on burlesque conventions. Expect to leave with your feathers well and truly ruffled!
Birdesque has been purposefully created for cabaret and festival audiences.
We hunt and get hunted every day. The natural dangers of the wild world – are they so very different from the natural dangers of the civilised world? It’s all dressed up like a party but there’s no guest list and everyone is invited. The sphere in which we exist isn’t local any more, and the way in which we connect has changed forever.
Canopy of Eyes explores the development of modern human communication and its impact on social behaviours and physical and mental health, through song, music, clowning and interactive text. Being watched, being monitored, being commented on, willingly or unknowingly and the cynicism which surrounds that, are all themes explored within the piece. Voyeurism becomes an undercurrent in the piece which draws parallels between nature and civilisation – parading, masquerading, watching, being watched, fooled and tricked exist in both.
Observed beneath a canopy of eyes, we are all part of a hunting game, and we all lie in wait…
“If you lost your memory tomorrow, who would you go to to get it back?”
Something catastrophic has happened. They are windswept, disheveled, battered and torn. They don’t know how they got here, but they are lucky to be alive. They remember nothing except a few folk songs from their past – it is all on the tip of their minds.
Who do you remind them of? What is your story? They rely on you to help them fill in the gaps. An accident put them here and only another can get their lives back on track.
It Came Out of the Blue is an interactive piece devised by The Galloping Cuckoos which plays with ideas of memory and loss of identity. It is also based on the company’s personal experiences with dementia.
Share your memories, embrace someone else’s and assist the performers in piecing together their lost lives. They may just reminisce about the person you remind them of…