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Richard Austin, Behind the Arras

“The Slip is a very high quality work and as such needs to be seen by a wider audience.”
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Arts Alive Promoter

The Slip
“The best piece of drama I've ever seen.”
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Al Jones, Be Magazine

“An innovative and compelling theatrical production, 'The Slip' stayed with me long after the final words were spoken,..theres a kind of mystical quality you might say is quite unique and something you don't encounter that often in British theatre.”

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Christina Elliot, Fuel

“(FishHead)..deals deftly and sensitively with some very under represented issues.”
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Cloth of the World

We are delighted here at Weekend Cube to be hosting Fetch Theatre present 'Cloth of the World'

This production is inspired by the world famous Mappa Mundi housed at Hereford Cathederal. The Cloth of the World is a spellbinding performance of mystery and adventure featuring stunning puppets and masks, shadow projections and a stunning soundtrack.

Cloth of the worldJourney into a fantastical world of wonder - Mappa Mundi. A world ruled by the imagination with mermaids, mandrakes and giant gold digging ants. Travel into a time when anything was possible, a time when everything was incredible. But beware, here be monsters.

Cloth of the World' is the first of many children and family performances that we wish to bring to the Weekend Cube. We hope it will be a spell binding experience that families can all be a part of and look forward to returning too.

We would like to build a community where Children can be apart of an exciting theatre experience. After the show audiences will be able to explore the puppets in an informal setting.

We will be offering cakes and treats for sale in the cafe related to the performance, so please feel free to stay behind in the cube lounge and cafe where you can talk about the show, share your own stories and see how the puppets can be brought to life.

A visual tale, this funny and moving show, features The Fetches amazing puppets and illuminates the medieval world for all ages.

We look forward to seeing you.

Saturday 18th April
Performance starts at 6 pm for approx 50 mins - 1 hr
Doors open at 5.30pm
Tickets £6 (conc) £4

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Not just a good night out

I am a Midlands-based theatre maker, performer, programmer, general manager and events consultant. Phew. The things you have to do to to earn a living making theatre. I began a few years ago after leaving uni as a mature student and with a child of eight. I set up my own company Red Dress Theatre and took a solo piece on tour. I also joined Reaction Theatre Makers and we're currently booking our autumn tour for 2015. I feel that it is important for Worcestershire that companies such as ours drive forward into national territories to help put this part of the region on the map. Worcester has felt like a small place in the past and reaching out to others beyond this community has been essential for it to grow and stay alive to the possibilities of what can be achieved.

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A fundamental turning point for me has been my part in New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood, as a local engagement specialist in Malvern. Fuel has made me feel part of a wider community of artists and valued for my ideas, and given me the rare opportunity to explore creative ways of promoting the work coming into our neighbourhood. Fuel has brought new life into Worcestershire and some of the most inspiring, intimate and challenging theatre to new and existing audiences. It has created debates and highlighted the ongoing necessity to create not only the opportunity for great theatre to be seen, but for us all to use this as an opportunity to come together. It has made us brave, it has made me brave.

the red chairThat began two years ago with the most incredible piece of work: Zero by Clod Ensemble – the coming together of live music, story and choreography. We brought musicians to see dance, dancers to see theatre and all of us into a wonderful world of live music. What's more, we had a wild after-show party in a gothic mansion house with the cast and musicians playing until 3am. But this wasn't just a party for the cast. It was the planting of a seed that has grown here. The opportunity for audiences to come together and be a part of the experience, to join in and feel involved. To talk and laugh, discuss and feel included. This has been a part of the legacy that NTIYN has fostered.

Over the next year, our work with Fuel comes to an end, but I actually feel no sense of an ending. It is a continuation of all I have learned and experienced by attending others' work and by working with Fuel. Through the reflection on our local theatre environment they encouraged led me to want develop cultures and environments that were not only about turning up, watching and going home, but a place to feel a part of something, as this is something that we felt was lacking in this area. A welcoming environment made up of the people who are present.

Tiffany Hosking and myself 'Reaction Theatre Makers' are now programming Theatre at the community arts centre in Malvern, The Cube. Fuel are continuing to support our growth and the growth of innovative theatre in our community by bringing Clod Ensembles latest work 'The Red Chair' on June 19th at 8pm. Some of you may remember the infamous night of 'Zero' also by Clod Ensemble, an amazing piece of theatre, music and dance that seemed to bring the whole of the arts community together. Not only was it an exciting theatre experience but the after show at the Grove, gothic mansion house with audience and cast dancing to the impromptu 'Zero' blues band until the early hours made it an occasion to remember. In contrast to Clod ensembles last few multi cast pieces 'Red Chair' offers an intimate Solo performance, in Scottish dialect of a man so gluttonous that he eats himself into his chair. This dark and beautiful piece has received rave reviews and we feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to host such a prestigious company and their work. And have no doubt that their will be more to the night than theatre. You might be given a wee dram!You may want to bring your dancing feet for after the show, or just put them up in a comfy seat in the lounge bar. It may seem a little early to be expounding the virtuous of this event but it will sell out with a limited audience of a 100 seats. 'Red Chair' is at the Cube on Friday 19th June at 8pm. And like all of The work toured by Fuel audiences will be able to talk to the cast and producers. Fuel producers will also be present on this night and we aim to inspire them to bring more shows here by making it an extraordinary night out.

Michelle Pogmore

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Fishhead Review, by Bethan Troakes, Broadway Baby

Don’t let the title put you off. This is not a show about fish guts or an upside mermaid but an absolutely charming tale of friendship through adversity and using nothing but a couple of perspex boxes as its set, truly was a triumph.

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I left fully equipped with my new found knowledge of oysters and a sense of satisfaction having just sat through a more than well written, well performed show.

This touching show confronts themes of male depression and dwindling coastline industry in a sensitive but never didactic way and gives an overwhelming sense of hope for those facing these issues. Even for those who aren’t, there was a lot that could be taken away from this play as it promoted a real understanding of the lives of people in communities such as these.

puppetandmichelleOne of the highlights of the show was when it became clear that the stage hands, who had previously been in the shadows as you’d expect, were actually going to perform too and continued to have routines that interspersed through the rest of the show. Their deadpan faces and matching suits allowed for genuine laughter as they started bopping around the stage to a well-known reggae song and as absurd as this may sound it never slipped into being just silly.

The play was broken up nicely by a pre-recorded radio show that partly narrated the piece while under the pretence of being Tom’s desert island discs, with each song choice introducing the next phase of the show. As Tom and Lydia’s relationship developed, his stance as a tough, yet struggling fisherman bloomed into a caring companion whose life was clearly being touched by Lydia’s friendship and reassurance about his life catching oysters.

Not a lot about Lydia was revealed through the main plot, apart from her new found and not so successful hobby as a ventriloquist, but her character acted as a catalyst in revealing more of Tom. They both became more and more endearing as the piece went along and even the late introduction of a new stage presence was welcomed by an audience who were beaming with delight throughout. There are elements of this show that really stand out, the acting was outstanding, the set was innovative and the story was distinct yet still surprising and as a whole it was well structured and summed up perfectly by the end. The humour was funny but also very charming and was like watching a clumsy joke and a chuckle between friends, rather than professionals who had learned a script. I left fully equipped with my new found knowledge of oysters and a sense of satisfaction having just sat through a more than well written, well performed show.

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