Theatre Comes To The Forest

In a tiny village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…

Now the hunt begins.

Angela Carter’s classic tale, The Company Of Wolves, has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton to be a promenade theatre adventure for runners and walkers. It also includes elements of the author’s stories ‘Wolf-Alice’, ‘Peter and the Wolf ‘ and ‘The Werewolf’.

Join them at Sutton Manor next month in the theatrical re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. They need you to run or walk with them. To help sniff out those who have been born feet first, to hunt those who are hairy on the inside…

The Company of Wolves (theatre promo) from Meat Bingo on Vimeo.

The routes will be between 2 to 3 miles for walkers, and 4 to 5 miles for runners. The tale will be performed along the way.

To take part in the show, come prepared for physical activity, either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear. Some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch if you have one.

There are several route options you can pick the path you want to take at different points in the performance. Choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or tread carefully along the forest path.

However, stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you . . .

Sutton Manor – October 26, 27 & 28

Tickets on sale: https://boxoffice.forestry.gov.uk

Adults £12
Under 18s £7.50

Forestry Commission Discovery Pass holders receive 10% off

About The Company of Wolves

Angela Carter’s classic collection of stories includes ancient folklore and mythical tales known to us all. Familiar characters such as Red Riding Hood and Peter and the Wolf were introduced to us in childhood as bedtime stories.

Other characters such as the Werewolf came to us in later years as dark, foreboding characters, emerging only in the dark of night!

Join Red Riding Hood and a cast of characters to walk or run through the darkness at the forest. Audiences can choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or to tread carefully along the forest path.

You choose to be a hunter or a gatherer. Depending on the path you choose, the story will lead walkers along a 3 mile trail and runners around 5 miles. The tale will be told along the way with regular stopping points.

What people are saying

“Beautifully crafted adventure theatre … like stepping inside the pages of the fairytale, or falling into a dark dream” – TOTAL THEATRE

“The People Re-inventing Theatre” – BBC RADIO 4

“”Brilliant imaginative and fantastical night out. Best run I’ve had in a long, long time. HOWWWWWLLL” — Audience member at Delamere

About Burn the Curtain

Burn the Curtain are an innovative Devon based outdoor theatre company, well known for producing imaginative shows where the audience become part of the action! Productions have including the award winning The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle at Brighton Festival 2013.

As well as continuing the tour of The Company of Wolves, the new Arts Council England grant will also allow Burn the Curtain to develop a new theatre show ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, which will tour Bedgebury, Dalby, Delamere, Haldon, Hamsterley, Sutton Manor and High Lodge in 2018, accompanied by the innovative ‘Snarkhunter’ app.

Hayley Skipper, Arts Programme Development Manager comments: “It’s fantastic to have secured this grant which enables us to take outdoor theatre to more forests and develop an exciting new show. Promenade theatre has been hugely popular with our visitors and we are keen to continue offering new experiences in all of our forests.”

Joe Hancock, Artistic Director, Burn the Curtain says: “We are thrilled to be working with the Forestry Commission again this year. As one of the biggest curators of public land in this country , they offer great access to some unique spaces, both for us the creators and our audiences. We are looking forward to having fun with their existing forest users, and finding new audiences and participants along the way.”

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