Winter 2016

OTTO AND THE ROBIN

"It would be hard to top this wonderful new family show for sheer warmth, originality and character" (Bournemouth Echo review)

 Otto and the Robin was commissioned by Lighthouse Poole and had a successful run in Lighthouse Studio over Christmas 2015. The show is flying back into theatres this Christmas. We will be at the lovely Clapham Omnibus from 1st - 18th December (excluding 5th & 12th). Click here to book tickets. Then we will transfer to The Pound in Corsham from 22nd - 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.

 

THE DRIVE 2017

Angel Exit's new two hander show is currently in development. It has been supported by grants from Arts Council England, as well as Marine Theatre R&D by the Sea, Activate and Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts.

An original story developed by Lynne Forbes and Tamsin Fessey with playwright Amy Rosenthal, The Drive sees two women on an unexpected road trip from London to Oslo. The further they get from home, the closer they get to confronting the demons of their shared past. It's show about friendship, the fragility of memory and coming of age in the 1990s. We're excited to be working with Jack Offord on projection design and Tom Ball on a thrilling soundtrack.

 

We expect to do a pilot tour in Spring 2017 followed by a run at Edinburgh Festival 2017. Watch this space for more details.

 

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.