Saturday, 31 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
We have been thrilled at the amount of newspaper coverage for the show, and really chuffed at a four star review in The Guardian for Hansel & Gretel:
Saturday, 10 December 2011
“With its European folk songs, physical inventiveness and clever use of puppetry... this is far from being a traditional panto”
Andrew Aldridge, The Stage
“This is one magical journey worth making in all weathers and will warm the heart on even the coldest December night”
Glen Pearce, ***** Public Reviews
Eleanor Turney, A Younger Theatre.
“A magical show which ventures deep into the traditions of storytelling, Hansel and Gretel is a delight for all ages and an intelligent alternative to the gaudy glitz which can often obscure the humble wonders of Christmas”
Jennifer Shelton, Cambridge News
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Can't wait until we open on Wednesday 7th in Cambridge!
We did a run through of the show today - its shaping up to be a great show, but still needs a bit of editing to make it around 60 minutes running time. A few shots below from the run through:
Hansel & Gretel with their Father (and Stepmother)
Hansel collecting pebbles to find their way home
Explaining the plan to Gretel....
Finding their way back home
In the Witch's House
Hansel being fattened up to be eaten!
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
What have we been up too in Gent lately:
Dagfinn has tried out how to start the day inside a carpet. It might look like that he will be there when the performance open.
Lenka and Helder in music rehersals:
Katja have been playing a lot with cardboard:
And so have the actors:
And how to open a letter without no one noticing:
And trying out costumes:
Participating in nice receptions:
And playing with pyroeffects:
In a few days we will move out of the rehearsal space and into the theatre. Check back for more posts very soon.
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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Today we had a design meeting with Steffi who is designing the set and costumes for the show.
We also had a look at the next version of the puppets of Hansel and Gretel that we will be using for some parts of the show and I think they look really good.
Steffi had made a small set model working on our ideas about trees and branches in a forest. We also talked about some ways of using projections as part of the set.
Things are really moving on now, we also talked a lot about costumes and how the design will be used to tell the story....
More soon - the show is getting closer and closer, and tickets are selling fast!
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Iva, Guri, Kai Kenneth and Marie in first days of rehearsals.
The lunchroom in Dikemark. The space we are working in is the community center inside the grounds of what was former Norway biggest mental hospital. Nowadays its only the most dangerous patients left, and of course us…..
Elke and Kieran decided to go to get a table tennis table and stopped by in our house. My two kids did not want them to leave. More on table tennis in the next post.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
Alex met with Steffi today (our set designer and one of the performers in Hansel & Gretel performing this Christmas at The Junction) to talk in detail about ideas for the set design. We will transform the theatre into a forest so we are currently talking to local tree surgeons about using bits of cut-off branches in our set. Steffi has also been working on some beautiful puppets which we use in the show:
Here they are in our office at The Junction, Cambridge with a head still to be added to little Hansel!
Sunday, 4 September 2011
We also managed an hour of fishing.
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Saturday, 3 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
We got there in a small Arctic Circle boat that Victor drove, that meant back into full exposure suits and a very cold and windy hour out on the Fjord.
The mine is a beautiful location with a view of a huge glacier just across the water but the mine itself must have been big, ugly, noisy complex when it was working, now it looks a bit forlorn.
You can see here it was quite a big complex - with its own farm for pigs and chickens and cows, a school and a swimming pool, there are still a few people staying there to look after visitors and they run a small bar....
The walk into town from the old dock took about 5 minutes.
Victor told us that this was a dangerous place because bears could sometimes be in between the buildings or around the mine and you could not see them coming in the same way that you can in open country. He carried his gun all the time. We did not see a bear, just lots of seagulls who seemed to have taken over some of the buildings.
The mine was once the pride of the Soviet system and a very popular place to work because the pay was good and the people were well looked after.
In the main square there was a children's area next to the school and an area of grass that had been shipped in from Siberia and planted here - this grass does not normally grow here (at least thats what Victor told us)
The square had a number of monuments with a kind of arctic, communist feel.
The sports hall was huge and impressive given the size of the community and also housed a big cultural / performance space as well.
There was also an impressive swimming pool.
Some of the buildings still had lost of stuff left inside, these are pictures of the some of the mine staff, there we also shift books and all sorts of papers in this machine room.
My favourite were the safety posters in the access walkway, some had been stolen but there were still lots left - maybe some one out there can translate this one for me?