the most haunting love story ever told…Orpheus

Little Bulb are back at Battersea Arts Centre this spring with a revival of Orpheus – a co production with Battersea Arts Centre. First staged last year but returning due to popular demand for a six-week run and in August, they will be take Orpheus to Salzburg Festival where the Artistic Director Alex Scott has been nominated for the Young Director’s Award, in recognition of the show’s genre-bending innovation.

Be transported to 1930s Paris where legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, has been cast as the lead in a new production of Orpheus. Your host for the evening is the charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin. With her troupe of operatic players she performs the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.

Here’s a sneak peek of ‘The Story of Orpheus & Eurydice’

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shining a light

Victoria Melody is a performance artist who has a background in fine art. She is interested in the idiosyncrasies of life and immerses herself into communities,  and becomes an active participant in their rituals as research for her work. Victoria is produced by Farnham Maltings. She has just done a week’s run of Major Tom at Battersea Arts Centre and is now touring the show nationally.

For more information on the show and booking tickets, click here. Victoria’s blog was originally published on Exeunt.

Major Tom

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home is where the Art is

Stopgap Dance Company will be coming to Farnham Maltings on Thursday 20 March for the last leg of their Artificial Things spring tour. Stopgap Dance Company seamlessly integrates dancers with and without disabilities and their productions are devised by dancers and collaborators, working as an ensemble under the artistic direction of Lucy Bennett. Stopgap have a strong emphasis on creative learning; sharing their knowledge and experience of initiating integration between disabled and non-disabled dancers. They deliver creative learning projects and produce publications that offer insight and guidance on all aspects of their work, delivering these resources to professional dancers, teachers, students and members of the community.
Stopgap have just announced they will be working with The Royal Opera House as part of their Arts Council England skills-sharing programme, ROH Links, alongside The Garage Trust and Mid Wales Opera. This means that for the next two years Stopgap will receive mentorship and support in organisational development from The Royal Opera House.
Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett has written us a blog in the lead up to their show next week.

Stopgap AT
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10 Questions with Mick Strobel

In Praise of Elephants has began touring village halls across the UK. This week, the company are in Surrey, Mick Strobel, who plays the character Aubrey, has taken time from touring to answer a few questions for us. For more information on the tour and booking tickets click here.

IPOE - Q&A with Mick Strobel

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taking risks

Catherine Ireton is a singer, a songwriter, an actress and a theatre maker produced by Farnham Maltings. She will be touring a new show What is it about the night? across the South-East region in the next few weeks. Here’s Catherine’s blog about her journey from working at the Arts Council to making a living from being a full-time artist.

For more information on the tour and booking tickets, click here.

Catherine Ireton

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being a young theatre maker…

‘no strings attached’ is a grant scheme which helps help young people to make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1000 are available to young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from across the south east region. The grant cannot be linked to academic work, used for equipment or to pay themselves.

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stronger relationships

Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings talks to Arts Professional about a new programme called ‘greenhouse’ .

‘greenhouse’ is a three year programme funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It is designed to support the creation of contemporary theatre from South East England, to build its audience and to see if we can better connect the ambitions of audiences and theatre makers. ‘greenhouse’ will sit as a distinct strand of work between house and the producing work of Farnham Maltings.

Read the article here.