Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Review: Heaven Eyes on tour

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Théâtre Sans Frontières announces
its national tour of Heaven Eyes
by David Almond

Hexham-based theatre company, Théâtre Sans Frontières, will be making a national tour of its production Heaven Eyes to UK venues during February and March 2017.

Adapted for the stage by internationally acclaimed children’s author, David Almond (Skellig, A Song for Ella Grey, The Savage (NETG Review)), Heaven Eyes is a poetic and gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world. After running away from their care home, three youngsters, Erin, January and Mouse sail downriver on a makeshift raft. Washed up on the mudflats, they meet a strange girl, Heaven Eyes, and a man she calls Grampa, who wields an axe and digs for treasures in the mud. As Erin befriends Heaven Eyes and tensions begin to rise within the group, January’s suspicions about the old man grow. What is the secret he’s hiding?

Almond’s eerie tale is an astonishing piece of writing”
The Guardian

The first tour of Heaven Eyes took place in autumn 2014. During rehearsals for that tour, TSF worked closely with David Almond, collaborating fully on interpretation and any text or scene changes. Following its tour to venues in northern England and Scotland, the show was recommended by the British Theatre Guide as one of the Best Family Shows in the North-East of 2014.

So wonderful to see the story recreated and brought to life again”
David Almond in rehearsals with TSF

Reprising their roles from the 2014 tour are: TSF regular Paddy Burton, Joint Artistic Director Sarah Kemp; Maria Lindh from Sweden; and Tyneside actors, Natalie Ann Jamieson and Lawrence Neale. Joining them for the first time is Newcastle-based actor William Davies. The show is directed by joint artistic directors John Cobb and Sarah Kemp. The set and costumes are designed by Alison Ashton (Canary Gold, Les Aventures de Lapin) and the music is composed by Ken Patterson (Les Aventures de Lapin, Round the World in 80 Minutes).

The production, suitable for everyone aged 9 years and over, opens at Arts Centre Washington on 8 February and then tours nationally until the end of March.

TSF is grateful for the support received to tour this production from: Arts Council England, Active Northumberland, the Ernest Cook Trust and Tynedale Lions.

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Heaven Eyes - tour schedule 2017

8 Feb, 7pm & 9 Feb, 10.30am             Arts Centre Washington                     0191 561 3455
10 Feb, 7pm                                        Stamford Arts Centre                          01780 763203
12 Feb, 5pm & 13 Feb, 2pm & 6pm    Greenwich Theatre, London               020 88587755
16 Feb, 1pm & 7pm                            The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham      0121 359 9444
18 Feb,2pm & 6.30pm                         Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds            0113 3760318
21 Feb, 7pm                                        The Dukes, Lancaster                          01524 598500
23 Feb, 7.30pm & 24 Feb, 10.30am     The Brewhouse, Taunton                     01823 283244
2 March, 1pm                                     Square Chapel, Halifax                      01422 349422
4 March, 7pm                                     Mumford Theatre, Cambridge           01223 352932
6 March, 7.30pm                                 Theatre Royal Winchester                   01962 840440
8 March, 7pm                                     The Gulbenkian, Canterbury              01227 769075
10 March, 7pm                                   Hawth Studio, Crawley                      01293 553636
14 March, 7pm & 15 March, 1.15pm   People's Theatre Newcastle               0191 265 5020
17 March, 1pm & 7pm                        Alnwick Playhouse                              01665 510785
18 March, 2.30pm                               Arc, Stockton-on-Tees                         01642 525199
22 March, 7pm & 23 March, 10am     Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham     01434 652477
25 March, 7pm                                    The Maltings, Berwick                          01289 330999

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