Winter 2015

OTTO AND THE ROBIN

Tickets are now on sale for our Christmas show at Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts. For under eights and their families Otto and the Robin is an empowering tale of making friends and overcoming our fears filled with festive cheer, fun songs and gorgeous puppetry. Otto and the Robin runs from 8th - 24th December.

You are invited to the Piddle under Puddle annual Christmas party!
Everyone will be there.
Well nearly everyone... Otto would like to go, but he's just too shy.
Then one day a robin flies in through Otto's window and changes his life forever.

It is winter time and cold enough to snow. Otto lives at the edge of the Dorset village of Piddle under Puddle. He's been invited to the annual Christmas party hosted by the chatty baker, and old school friend, Maggie. It isn't that he doesn't want to go, it's just that he is very shy. He has decided to stay home on his own not talking to anyone, but one day a cheeky robin arrives and gradually a friendship develops which sees them singing duets and drinking tea together. When the robin goes Otto realises how lonely he has become and how he must be brave and step outside and make friends.

The show features a beautiful hand made puppet (by Polly Beestone), an original soundtrack and songs played by Otto on his banjo (composed by Angel Exit regular Tom Ball), and stunning design by Sarah Dicks AUB graduate, The Ballad of Martha Brown, Cirque Bijou, Battle for the Winds). Otto is played by Oliver Grant (War Horse, Stick Man) and Lynne Forbes, co-artistic Director of Angel Exit Theatre operates the robin and plays Maggie. The show is directed by Tamsin Fessey, co-artistic director of Angel Exit Theatre. During the development stage at Lighthouse, Angel Exit Theatre were joined by children's book author and illustrator Alexis Deacon (Kate Greenaway nominated, Beegu, Croc and Bird, While you are Sleeping) who helped develop the story.

Otto and the Robin was commissioned by Lighthouse Poole. The production was developed with funding from Arts Council England and support from Dorchester Arts and Marine Theatre's programme R&D by the Sea.

In 2016, we plan to tour a non-seasonal version of Otto and the Robin and continue development on our two-hander The Drive. We have a week booked for R&D at The Marine Theatre but we're looking for another development opportunity. We will also start our next big show. Watch this space!

About

Formed by graduates of the prestigious Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre, under the artistic direction of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes.

To date Angel Exit have devised, produced and performed six original pieces of theatre, all critically acclaimed. They have very different stories, but what the shows have in common is a strong emphasis on storytelling through physical ensemble theatre, using the European traditions of clown, chorus, melodrama and buffoonery.

“Angel Exit... is weaving stories with more than a little theatrical magic... There is so much vivid theatricality and inventiveness at work here.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The company was previously based in Dublin, but is now based in Dorset, South West England. They are associate artists of Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, resident company of Dorchester Arts and have strong connections to Bridport Arts Centre.