'The Elves and the Shoemakers' are set to return this summer!
Set in a world without music where humans have forgotten what dancing is for, this is an immersive and interactive retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale of selfless generosity; a hopeful allegory of the impact of Covid-19 on society.
Inclusive and family-friendly, with BSL embedded throughout
"The Elves and the Shoemakers"
Touring 9th July - 9th August: Family venues, Schools (KS1, KS2, SEND), Day Centres for adults
Contact 01202421806 to book
Feedback for 'The Elves and the Shoemaker':
"Communication before the performance, particularly the risk assessment and seating plan, was excellent. On the day of the performance the actors were very careful to mark out the stage area and also the children’s seating area. Social distancing was adhered to and they performed 3 times to our 3 bubbles ensuring there was time between each performance to clean down and prepare for the next one. Everyone felt very safe.
The format and content was excellent. The writing is so clever, the changes between characters is wonderful. The children wore their Christmas hats and Elf ears and were very engaged with the actors. The singing and dancing was great fun, everyone was up on their feet taking part.
To be honest it was so cleverly put together we didn’t really notice the restrictions – I really don’t think you could have done any better.
Thank you all so much for making our Christmas special – so wonderful to have some normality! "
With themes of kindness and neighbourliness which feel so relevant this year, ‘The Elves and the Shoemakers’ features live music as always, and the energy, silliness, craziness and pathos of great story telling.
Interactive as ever (but without singing or shouting), the entire audience will become part of the cast
as they join the Elves in making music, shoe-mending, and – of course – saving the world!
All measures will be taken in line with government advice to keep all of us safe, and the performance has been specially written with inbuilt features to allow this to happen naturally. This show can easily be performed outside.
Adventures of a Porridge Thief"
We perform in schools and day centres from the end of November until mid-January.
November & December 2021 tour - FULL
January 2022 tour - ALMOST FULL
Book now / check dates - 01202 421806 / 07855 117530 /
“We LOVED the whole performance! It was wonderful to see our less confident children up, dancing and smiling. Lots of feedback from parents saying they went home singing songs, dancing and drawing pictures of the event”
“It was fantastic. Children in all year groups were engaged throughout. Very well set up and performed. Audience participation was great. Children enjoyed the well known songs”
“Once again another amazing performance. The performance was perfectly pitched for the primary age range and the audience was actively engaged with the play. Great to see instruments being played and children joining in in a variety of ways. "
“Great adaptation of the story, humour was perfect for the children and adults. LOVED the inclusion of the audience members! All adults and children really enjoyed every aspect, thank you”
Up close, immersive and very interactive,
a Treehouse Panto is always a unique experience!
We always stage our Pantomime in-the-round, as it allows the whole audience to see and hear properly. Its a very immersive experience, with the actors centre stage the whole time, surrounded by and interacting with the audience. The action feels VERY close, especially if there's a hungry dragon or a sword fight or a chase going on!
Around 30 audience members can have a small part in the show, from minor speaking parts to interactive scenery (strictly volunteers only - we never pick on people!). It makes each performance unique to its audience, and adds a layer of fun and involvement far beyond dragging unwilling participants onto stage, or just shouting from your seat.
We are a small company, our cast are very skilled, and every show is written for specific actors to perform using their unique talents. With the freedom to harness the skills of our cast members, rather than a one-size-fits-all-actors script, our shows include live music played on real instruments by actors on stage, stilt-walking, gymnastics, rapping, sword fighting....things which make live theatre memorable and exciting
Shows open to the public
There will be performances open to the public, for which you will be able to buy tickets:
1 performance for the general public, on a Saturday afternoon in January (Bournemouth)
1 performance for Home Educating Families, on a weekday morning in January (Bournemouth)
2 relaxed performances for people with disabilities, on a weekday afternoon in January (One in Bournemouth and one in New Milton).
We plan to apply for Arts funding to enable us to offer more relaxed performances - please contact us if you are interested in hosting one!