Don't Grow on Trees! formed just last year and have been conducting
performances and workshops to much acclaim at local primary schools.
heard only recently that they're getting the chance to perform at
this year's festival.
fantastic news, we are really excited, this is by far our biggest
challenge yet, but we are really looking forward to it," said group
member Jenni Lewis.
group's work concentrates on a mixture of dance, physical theatre
and drama styles, but with the maximum emphasis on fun.
member Caroline Sutcliffe said: "We've all been to school, attended
some interesting workshops and know how hard it can be for young
people of today to really take performing arts seriously.
we don't make them, our work is designed to be silly, if not liberating
depending on who you are.
kids seem to love it, and so do we!"
group, who all met at Richard Huish College in Taunton, formed after
being asked to perform at the Fully Charged youth theatre festival
at The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton.
Dan Martin said: "We left it really late, and had to make the play
in a day.
just danced to pop songs and got our inspiration from there.
got such an enthusiastic response we didn't stop there," he added.
Don't Grow on Trees! went on to perform at Wiveliscombe Primary
School and Taunton Prep School to equal enthusiasm.
group's Tom Hawkins said: "The workshop idea was a bit of a shot
in the dark.
weren't sure it would work; I mean we'd never done it before.
think our improvisational skills came in useful, but we had just
as much fun as the kids did!"
workshops, which are conducted after a short performance, are designed
to give a little bit back to the audience.
Charlotte Croft said: "It's all well and good watching people do
crazy things, but if you've really enjoyed it, you want to get up
and copy them.
allow the kids to do this in a safe and satisfying way," she added.
said: "These days you don't get much time to do silly things - I'd
like to think we are doing our part to put the imagination back
into being children, and helping ourselves to keep in touch with
our inner children!"
the name of the company?
said: "Erm, I think we came about it after a dressing room conversation
- we spent ages discussing whether or not pineapples grew on trees,
quite a heated debate in fact!
the time we formed it was a hot topic and so we decided to name
the company that, just because!"
Pineapples Don't Grow on Trees are performing in the Kidz Field
on all three days of the festival.