The Nightingale, by Danish fairytale writer Hans
Christian Andersen, is the latest production from the Norfolk based
Tiebreak Theatre Company.
This new show, for four to eight year olds, is
filled with colour, action and of course, music.
An emperor locked away deep in his precious porcelain
palace and surrounded by bumbling courtiers, believes himself to
be the wisest man in all of China.
Not until he hears the Nightingale's enchanting
song of freedom does he realise there is more to life.
Enthralled, he tries to cage her, but she escapes,
returning to him only in his hour of greatest need.
The spring tour of The Nightingale, comes hot on
the heels of the success of Tiebreak's first visit to the Edinburgh
Fringe in 2003.
The emperor's cook and kitchen maid
The show can be seen at the
Sheringham Little Theatre, the Norwich Playhouse and at schools
across Norfolk until the end of March.
The inventive trademark of artistic director David
Farmer has preserved the charms of Andersen's much-loved tale,
told in the show by the emperor's cook and kitchen maid whilst they
prepare some very strange food indeed for their master.
"Although we all know the stories of Hans
Christian Andersen, his work is rarely produced as theatre,"
said David Farmer.
"Our take on The Nightingale offers children
the charm of the original story combined with plenty of the comic
and highly visual style of performance that Tiebreak is renowned
for," he added.
Founded in 1981, Tiebreak has performed to more
than 375,000 young people and adults throughout the UK and beyond.
To many schools in East Anglia, the shows have
become a regular treat and offers many children their first opportunity
to experience live performance.
The Nightingale can be seen at the Sheringham Little
Theatre at 2.30pm on Saturday 6 March. Telephone 01263 822347.
There is also a performance at the Norwich Playhouse
on Tuesday 16 March at 5pm. Call the box office on 01603 598598.
Picture credit: David Gutteridge