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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