Pinocchio at The Albany
London theatre news: Thursday 1 November 2018
Christmas shows - Off-West End
Nearly There Yet, in association with Proteus, present a new adaptation of Carlo Collodis' Pinocchio this festive season - at The Albany from 2 to 29 December.
Image: The Albany
A new adaptation of Carlo Collodis' Pinocchio will be heading to The Albany for the festive season, running from 2 to 29 December.
Nearly There Yet, in association with Proteus, will present a series of bold adventures which offer an enchanting visual journey, combining captivating circus skills, music, storytelling and puppetry.
Featuring a diverse company, this unique family-friendly production - for ages 3+ - draws on the community spirit of Christmas.
Faced by a stint in the circus with a performing donkey, a terrible and colossal whale who could swallow you whole, and even an anglerfish blues band, Pinocchio takes you on a truly hilarious adventure bubbling with excitement, acrobatics and most of all, magic.
Bursting onto a beautiful hand-crafted set, Pinocchio, played by female lead Floria da Silvia (Light Up, Roundhouse; Brrr, Proteus; The Party, Nearly There Yet) enthrals audiences of all ages as he springs to life at the hands of Umar Butt (Artistic Associate at ARC Stockton; My Name Is, Tamasha theatre company; The Present, BBC Radio 4) as Geppetto.
Within an immersive soundscape and wonderfully tactile performance, audiences are invited to follow Pinocchio as he is led astray by the sly Fox played by Rosie Rowlands (Little Mermaid, Metta Theatre; previously performed on BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic) and one crafty Cat, performed by Ed Stephen (part of the international arts exchange project On Mass; collaborative partner to John Berkavitch; critically acclaimed national and international Tour of SHAME).
Artistic Director Kaveh Rahnama said ...
"What I was drawn to the most and what I have focused on in the production is the central relationship between a father who desperately wants a child and a naïve child who has no idea of the expectations thrust upon him.
Turning this story into a piece of theatre for children has been challenging, yet extremely rewarding and I feel very lucky to have worked with such an incredible creative team.
Our Pinocchio uses circus, puppetry, and very visual storytelling to really transport children and their families to another place."
Pinocchio brings together ARC Stockton and The Albany to champion equality and representation in circus and to build stories with strong relationships at their core.
Show listing information
Jaw dropping circus, hilarious puppets, and a magical set and soundtrack combine in this new look at the well-known story.
Join Geppetto and Pinocchio as they meet all manner of characters: a very shady fox and cat, a performing donkey, a terrible whale who swallows people whole, a talking cricket, and an anglerfish blues band.
This Pinocchio is full of the type of fun, mischief and magic that normally only happens when grown-ups turn their backs for a second.
An unmissable family show, from the producers of The Party, has plenty to keep adults entertained and children engaged.
Floria Da Silva
Author: Mary Swan
Director: Kaveh Rahnama
Designer: Alison Alexander
Costume designer: Sue Mayes
Lighting: Will Monks
Sound: Liam Quinn
Puppetry: Alison Alexander
Production: Nearly There Yet in association with Proteus, The Albany and Arc Stockton
From: Sunday 2 December 2018
Closed: Saturday 29 December 2018
£34 family ticket
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