SIZE OF COMPANY
SCALE OF VENUE
Small- to middle-scale
JoJo Pickering and Simon Pullum
Since 1991, Bash Street Theatre has developed and toured outdoor shows with non-verbal narrative, live music and a mixture of physical theatre and circus skills. The company has an international reputation for producing street theatre shows in the silent movie genre. Their productions Cliffhanger! and The Station have been enjoyed by audiences of young and old alike at major festivals throughout the UK and in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Italy. Bash Street Theatre will be touring to China in May 2010 and is now seeking to attract international contracts for its award-winning shows.
‘This is a very clever, witty and well thought out show… kept young and old entranced for a full hour.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
‘The best-realised and most enjoyable show… a well-crafted, well-performed, funny and engaging street theatre show.’ Dorothy Max Prior, Editor, Total Theatre Magazine
Cliffhanger! With falling buildings, daredevil escapology, slapstick humour and live piano accompaniment Cliffhanger! is a silent movie style production that returns to the golden age of the silver screen. Inspired by Buster Keaton’s short film Convict 13, this action-packed silent comedy show has been enjoyed throughout Europe by young and old alike. Winner of 2006 ‘Best street theatre show’ awarded by an international jury at the Fira de Tàrrega festival in Spain. (50 mins, no interval, non-verbal, touring with 4 performers and 2 children.)
The Station Set in a dilapidated railway station in the age of steam locomotives, The Station is a silent movie style comedy with live music and sound effects. Be prepared for a dramatic train crash, a daredevil rescue and some great comedy action. (55 mins, no interval, non-verbal, touring with 4 performers and 2 children.)
The Lion Tamer The latest in the company’s silent movie repertoire. This is an indoor production suitable for small venues. A down-at-heel showman is rapidly running out of acts for his travelling circus when a stranger arrives in town. When the lion tamer has an unfortunate accident, the newcomer is ‘volunteered’ for the job! Inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, this show will be touring village halls in 2009/2010. (70 mins, indoor production, with interval, non-verbal, touring with 4 performers and2 children.)
Post-performance discussions and seminars on street theatre relevant to all productions. This could be targeted at all age ranges, professional or amateur.
RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2009Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain (The Station), Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain (Cliffhanger!)
2008France, Germany, Ireland, Spain (The Station), Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain (Cliffhanger!)
2007Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland (Cliffhanger!)
Cliffhanger!, The Station, The Lion Tame all year as required