Monday, 20 July 2020

Open Air Performances Coming in August!

 
After a year in which theatre has been all too thin on the ground, we are thrilled to get back in front of an audience this August! Not only will we be reprising two of Fireside Folktales’ hugely popular productions – the spellbinding myth Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds and children’s favourite Aesop’s Fables – but we will also be premiering our powerful new adaptation of Macbeth!

These productions will be staged in a beautiful private garden in Barnes, South West London – the precise address of which will be sent with your purchased ticket. In order to ensure that social distancing guidelines are adhered to, ticket numbers will be limited and audience members seated in household groups, each an appropriate distance from any others.

Performances are due to run from Thursday 20th to Wednesday 26th August (details below). Set against an enchanting outdoor backdrop, in a stunning and spacious garden not usually accessible to the public, this promises to be one of our most magical performances yet!


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THE PROGRAMME:

Performance dates are as follows, with doors opening half an hour before the start time. Refreshments will be available on site and social distancing guidelines will be observed, as detailed below.*

Thursday 20th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Friday 21 August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Saturday 22nd August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Sunday 23rd August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Monday 24th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Tuesday 25th August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Wednesday 26th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

To book your tickets please click here.

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*SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS:

~ All tickets purchased in a single order will be assumed to belong to the same household and seated accordingly. Should your group include more than one household (e.g. two groups of friends who need to maintain the appropriate social distance from each other) please purchase the tickets in two separate orders.

~ Audience members are asked to bring their own blankets or cushions (or both!) to make themselves comfortable on the grass.*

*If any of your party requires an upright chair or camping stool for medical reasons, please email us at firesidefolktales@gmail.com in advance and we will supply one.

Thank you!

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A REMINDER OF THE SHOWS...

Macbeth: Sleep No More - PREMIERING THIS AUGUST!

Running time - 2 hours including an interval; the play contains sword fighting & staged violence.

All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter…
 With these portentous words, the three witches seal the fate of not only the Thane of Glamis himself but also all the others whom Macbeth will dispose of on the way to fulfilling their deadly prophecy.

Shadow Road brings you the condensed Fireside Folktales version of this widely-studied Shakespeare classic that retells the old story of the 11th Century Scottish King and examines the physical and psychological damage done by political ambition, both to those who seek power for its own sake and to those who get in their way…

This electrifying new adaptation of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy features a small amount of original material, but nevertheless remains true to its source, both in tone and content. 

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Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds

Running time - 45 minutes; includes mild staged violence and sword fighting.

There are many versions of the classic Greek myth that explains how the seasons came to be – this is ours!

Learn how close the goddess Demeter came to destroying the world when her beloved daughter Persephone was stolen away by Hades, the lord of the Underworld – and how Zeus and Hermes searched for a solution that everyone could live with. Were they successful? You’ll have to see the show to find out…

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Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival

Running time: 30 minutes.

Three of Aesop’s classic fables – The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Fox & The Stork and The Hare & The Tortoise – have been woven together into this delightful, funny and engaging play for children of all ages.  

Harvest time is nearly here and there’s still so much work for the animals to do to make sure they will last through the winter.  Can they put their disagreements aside and get the job done in time for the festival?

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Like so many other people and organisations, our plans for 2020 have been rather radically disrupted by the current situation - perhaps even more so than some, given that we are all freelancers  and performing artists. While we wait with everyone else to hear how the rest of the spring and  summer will pan out, however, we have kept ourselves busy tackling some of the mountain of theatrical admin that piled up over the winter - and writing some new plays! 

One piece of long-planned, never-previously-executed admin is the creation of this beautiful new Patreon page for Shadow Road Productions - hooray!  We'll be posting regular updates there (some for everyone, others exclusively for our Patrons), and we very much hope you'll enjoy visiting it and getting to know us - and that you'll feel free to join in with our little community wherever possible.

Thank you and see you soon - stay safe in the meantime! :-)

Monday, 20 April 2020

A New Brochure!

Fireside Folktales is one of many projects run by Shadow Road Productions, a small independent theatre company which specialises in bringing exciting works of theatre, for all ages and occasions, to unusual spaces in creative new ways.

As well as continuing that tradition with Fireside Folktales, retelling myths, legends and classic stories from around the world as original short plays performed by a company of four professional actors, we also offer much more, including the UNBROKEN Festival & Short Film Prize, a variety of murder mystery events, full-scale theatre productions, and our soon-to-be-launched cross-platform venture, Secret Storytellers

This fantastic new project will see us producing some exciting online content based in a new, immersive story-world, in order to enhance the impressive work of our two-person teams, who will be busy delivering a range of thrilling live performances. In common with Fireside Folktales, and in keeping with the world in which the overall project is set, all music and sound effects are performed live by the cast, so no electricity or technical equipment is required, once again allowing us to be extremely flexible in terms of venue.

Finally, whether for team-building purposes, school visits, or those with a simple interest, we also offer several creative and educational workshops. Some of these are designed to accompany a particular production, so that you might watch the play and then take part in the workshop afterwards, while others - such as the general Drama Workshop, An Introduction to Playwriting, and An Introduction to Stage Combat, etc - can be delivered as standalone events.

So that we have all the information in one place, we have put together a shiny, new PDF brochure outlining everything that Shadow Road has to offer theatre lovers, schools, events organisers and private clients with parties to throw! We hope you will find it both interesting and helpful. If, after reading, you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch - we would love to hear from you.

Anyone interested in finding out more can download the brochure HERE.


We look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Happy New Year!!

After such a successful summer, we were delighted to enjoy a wonderful end to the year as well, with sold out shows at The Coach & Horses and Southside House swiftly followed by a tour of local hospices, cancer centres, and retirement homes to spread a bit of Christmas cheer!  These special venues included Lynde House, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Mulberry Centre, and Brinsworth House, Royal Variety Charity Home.

A huge thank you to our fantastic audiences, it was a joy to go on this festive journey with you.  We wish you a brilliant 2020 and look forward to seeing you again later in the year!

We will be back soon with news for the New Year and more pictures of Scrooge's adventures. In the meantime, here are just some of the lovely comments from our Visitors' Book for A Christmas Carol.

*****

Thank you for a brilliant and professional performance this afternoon. The changes of emotions and clothing with such integrity of acting was quite moving. So pleased to be with you - a gem of an afternoon!" - John P

Absolutely fantastic show. well done everyone." - Jane B

Simple wonderful afternoon and I hope to see more of what you do come Easter?" - Fran├žoise G

This was amazing, would love to view again." - J Zaman

Such an innovative and engaging performance! My 4 year-old son and I enjoyed it - and we especially loved the future spirit and the magical tunes!" - A.V.Elliot

Wow! Thanks you were wonderful." - Lili L

Stunning & talented. Thank you" - Anonymous audience member

This was an excellent production. I found myself entirely engrossed in the tale. Well done!" - Jim

Great performance - Thank you." - Jolene

Wow! What a fantastic show." - Nicky

A beautiful production! Very emotional. Well done." - Michelle

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We are currently arranging the schedule for our 2020 production of A Christmas Carol, when we again hope to visit as wide a variety of venues as possible.  If you would like to discuss the possibility of us bringing the show to you, whatever your venue, please email us at: firesidefolktales@gmail.com

“A merry Christmas to everyone. And a Happy New Year to the World!"