Playground Victories is a new outdoor show currently in development and available for touring in summer 2017. It is a collaboration with Light the Fuse and will follow in the success of our previous collaboration, Full Stop.
The show will be highly physical and will centre around a purpose built playground which will tour to urban and rural locations, and highlight this crucible of human interaction, sparking the imagination of audiences young and old.
If you've ever queued for the slide, mastered the monkey bars, or dreamed of being a pirate, then this is the show for you. Four performers, squabble, slide, swing and spring their way over our bespoke playground; fighting for personal and social victories. Always returning to the biggest challenge: the elusive monkey bars. Whether you're eight or eighty, the monkey bars still hold a piece of our hearts as children, parents, drunken students and ninja granddads, we still want to climb them.
The show condenses a day in the life of a playground into 30 minutes, whirling through a series of high-octane scenes of first love, adventure, competition and combat. From the early morning exercisers to tired single mums looking for love. We meet a huge range of larger than life characters. Audiences will watch school fights and first snogs, judge bad gymnastic competitions by competitive siblings, and ultimately join a pirate adventure.
Playground Victories captures the highs and lows of our playground past, present and future in a joyfully comic, visually inventive physical theatre and circus piece for all ages.
Director: Gemma Fairlie (Light the Fuse, RSC, Royal Court, New Vic)
Designer: Myriddin Wannell (Wildworks)
Supported by Arts Council England, SeaChange Arts and artsdepot.
Initial development of Playground Victories was supported by artsdepot through their Artist Residency Programme.
5 on the road (4 performers and a stage manager)
Mid scale - audiences of 400 - 1000
Tour dates 2017:
Imagine Watford 30th June 17:30 & 19:30
1st July 12:00, 14:15 & 17:00
Dagfest, Dagenham 15th July 12:45, 14:45 & 16:45
Tilt Festival, Birmingham 22nd July 12:30 & 15:00
Big Feast, Appetite, Stoke 25th August 14:30
26th August 11:00 & 13:30
Sitelines, Reading-on-Thames Festival 9th September 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00
10th September 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00
Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth 16th September 12:30 & 16:30