To coincide with the centenary of Frances Hodgson Burnett's endearing classic, Angel Exit created The Secret Garden which toured from January to April 2012. It was a co-production with Dorchester Arts and Bridport Arts Centre, was co-commissioned by Activate and Lighthouse Poole, and funded by Arts Council England and West Dorset District Council.
Formed in 2001 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 that I am already looking forward to its next show”
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 The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, and Bridport Arts Centre.
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Whilst Angel Exit Theatre enjoy meeting and working with new people, we have a pool of people we enjoy collaborating with and have worked with more than once:
Tom Ball (Composer/ Sound Designer/ Musical Director) Tom created the beautiful original music for The Black Curtain, Moonfleet and The Secret Garden. He also works with the company to create live songs and teaches us how to sing them, as well as recording special sound effects.
Simon Carroll-Jones (Actor/devisor, artistic director of Running Bare Theatre Company www.runningbaretheatre.co.uk) Simon played John Trenchard in Moonfleet and Colin/ Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden.
Henry Douthwaite (Actor/devisor, tour booker www.henrydouthwaite.co.uk) Henry played Elzevir in Moonfleet and Ben/ Archibald in The Secret Garden. He helped Lynne and Tamsin book these two tours.
Jodie Gardner (Designer www.hattieandflora.co.uk) Jodie did the designs for Moonfleet and The Secret Garden. She created set and costumes for both productions and the puppets for Moonfleet. She oversaw the creation of the costumes by students from AUCB.
Matt Llewellyn Smith (Stage Manager) Matt has toured on our last four tours with us, and as well as stage management, he ends up doing set design and set building, sometimes lighting design, programme design, you name it, Matt probably helped us out with it.