Creation Theatre Company
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3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
Treasure Island, 4th December to 9th January
Cutlasses and cannon fire on the high seas. Jim and Long John Silver are on the trail of pirate treasure. Leading a crew of the scurviest sea dogs you ever saw and following a battered old map they’ll find more than they bargained for over the horizon. Scramble on deck for Creation’s fifth family Christmas show at The North Wall. From the team behind last year’s riotous and eccentric The Wind in the Willows comes a new adaptation full of sea shanties, swash buckling and sword fights.
Treasure Island is at North Wall Arts Centre (www.thenorthwall.org), South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7NN.
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Review of Alice
18th August to 13th September 2015.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Perfect time for Alice
Creation Theatre: Alice, at St Hugh's College, Oxford, until September 13
Creation Theatre Company's second promenade production of the summer, Alice, takes place in the stately gardens of St Hugh's College, off the Banbury Road just north of the city centre. Entering the lawns outside the entrance block you see a theme park-style sign 'Wonderland' that entices you to explore locations within the gardens. On bank holiday Sunday, it was a damp, drizzly day so the ushers helpfully provided people with free plastic ponchos to keep out the rain. The many children in the audience trooped around happily, following the actors to scenes where there were low-level benches provided for them.
Alice, adapted by Kate Kerrow from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, is split into 45-minute halves with an interval. There's a cast of only four but it feels like 40, so inventive is Helen Tennison's direction. Matt Eaton once again provides a stunning sound design that amplifies the ticking of the clock and the scraping sounds of clockwork dolls as the actors slowly rotate like they're trapped in a music box.
Of many well-worked scenes, the Mad Hatter's Tea Party excels. A long table with a checkered tablecloth laden with stacked cups and saucers, cakes and a teapot (design, Ryan Dawson Laight) is set on a lawn below a tree with spreading branches and sinister large leaves. A delicate chandelier hangs overhead. Time is frozen at six o'clock. Alice, (a magnificent performance from Rachel-Mae Brady) leaps on to a chair and is accused by the March Hare of tormenting innocent creatures. You cannot take your eyes off Alice, delightful in her light blue dress. The Hatter (James Burton), grotesque under a triple hat, is frantic about keeping on side with time. The long-eared Dormouse puppet, animated by Luke Chadwick-Jones, loses track of time and falls face-first into his plate. Absurdity meets rationality brilliantly.
Four-year-old Hannah said: "I loved it when the White Rabbit went round and round like an acrobat. I liked walking around the gardens because I loved the theatre, seeing everything. I liked all of the puppets and all of the songs."
JON AND HANNAH LEWIS
Alice, 18th August to 13th September 2015
As You Like It, 28th July to 12th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 5th December 2014 to 10th January 2015. See the review in the archive.
Macbeth, 1st August to 13th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. See the review in the archive.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)