SUMMER / AUTUMN AT CAST: A NEW ADAPTATION OF KES FOR DONCASTER, ALADDIN AND CAST’S YORKSHIRE FESTIVA
Cast today announces its summer season and two homegrown productions – a new production of Kes, a new version for Doncaster (5 – 13 September), as well as Aladdin as Cast’s panto for 2014 (5 December – 3 January 2015).
Cast’s summer season (1 June – 26 July) includes Conversations Not Fit For the American Dinner Table from international Lecoq trained company TongueTied Theatre, Cast’s Yorkshire Festival, ‘circus swing’ singer Gabby Young, Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra and Stageband alongside EKS Big Swingband from Germany, and Icarus by Square Peg Theatre.
This new homegrown version based on Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel for a Knave is a Cast and Right Up Our Street production, created byPhilip Osment and Kully Thiarai. Incorporating promenade performance and movement by choreographer Lucy Hind, this production follows Cast’s first homegrown production, The Glee Club.
Billy is useless. That’s what everyone tells him. His mother is more interested in finding a man, his brother bullies him, his teachers humiliate him and he’s always the last to be picked at football. For boys like Billy, there’s no escape. But one day he adopts a fledging kestrel and cares for it with a tenderness so absent in his own life. As the bird soars above him and swoops onto his gloved hand, Billy dares to dream of a life away from his run-down estate and a job in the coalmine.
Cast’s Community Ensemble will be performing alongside professional actors in this new version for Doncaster. If you are 16 and over and would like to be part of Cast’s Community Ensemble for Kes, Cast would love to meet you at one of their drop in sessions on Wednesday 21 May, Saturday 31 May or Saturday 7 June – see castindoncaster.com for more details.
In a land far, far away, yet somehow strangely familiar, Aladdin and his mother are struggling to make ends meet. Aladdin dreams of living the lifestyle of a prince and his mother – not quite the fairest in the land – imagines riches beyond her wildest dreams. If only magic existed. If only there were such things as genies and enchanted lamps… well, this is pantomime and anything is possible! After last year’s smash-hit success, the latest festive offering from Cast promises even more. Live music, beautiful costumes, mayhem and song combine to create a Christmas treat with oodles of magic and heaps of sparkle.
Cast’s summer season runs from 1 June – 26 July and includes Cast’s Yorkshire Festival – Richard Durrant’s Cycling Music and 509 Arts’Bike Story. Richard is a world class performer travelling in excess of 35,000 miles each year. As a concert guitarist he finds it impossible to do anything but leave a carbon footprint as large as his musical status. Now its pay back time. During May and June Richard will play at UK venues great and small during a seven week, 1,000-mile odyssey that will be the last word in eco-friendliness. Cycling up to 50 miles a day, Richard will carry his entire show on his bike. With bicycles as lighting stands and a stage set carried in panniers, this will be a truly intriguing concert of beautiful guitar music.
Bike Story is written by award-winning Mike Kenny, and directed by Alan Dix. It’s free outdoor theatre show exploring Mike’s long-term love affair with life on two wheels. Based on stories collected especially for the show, this is a tale of city streets, rural rides, of getting lost and Sunday trips, of the school run and the rusty bike.
Cast continues to support local artists with The Freedom of Freewill, from hip hop artist Ryan Harston of Urban Conceptz in association with Cast. This thrilling and exciting production explodes onto the stage bringing forth a beautiful fusion of movement, theatre and stunning media visuals.
Also featured is Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Swing on a Summer’s Evening A Big Band Celebration, featuring EKS Big Swing Band (Herten, Germany) directed by Thomas Vennes, alongside the Doncaster Youth Stageband and the Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra directed by John Ellis MBE. This showcase is a special celebration marking 20 years of highly successful tours, exchanges and musical collaborations between our respective towns.
Square Peg Theatre’s Icarus is a surprising re-telling of the classic myth, inspired by real events. In 2010 the Mars One Foundation set out their plans to establish a human settlement on the red planet by 2024. They received over a quarter of a million applicants for the one-way mission. Icarus looks to the future and asks what would drive somebody to leave Earth forever. Using their unique physical and cinematic style, Square Peg Theatre create an elegant, bold and beautifully choreographed world from the empty stage.
Gabby Young performs with her seven-piece band in Gabby Young and Other Animals, combining brass, swing and jazz with a unique stage show creating a sound affectionately dubbed ‘Circus Swing’. As famous for her extravagant costumes as for her soulful voice, Gabby’s flamboyant show has been likened to the colourful shows of Paloma Faith and Björk, while her classically trained voice is akin to that of Kate Bush or Tori Amos.
And finally, a one-man show from international Lecoq trained company TongueTied Theatre, which uses mask and puppetry to illuminate America: the land of the free and the home of opportunity, prosperity, guns, Jesus, the uninsured, guns, Elvis, and more guns! Conversations Not Fit for the American Dinner Table explores a world where tragedy and opportunity are one and the same. One man, five masks – fifty mental states.