The Asylum is back in a new site at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and plans are afoot to create the ultimate night out! This year it’s all about breaking the rules with style, with pop-up shows, suprise acts and spontaneous events incogorating a season of world-calsss theatre and epic live music. The Asylum will run from 24th August until 22th September.
The Dancing Frog
From the story by Quentin Blake
Directed by Mike Shepherd
Poor Gertrude thinks she’ll never laugh or love again. But then she has a lucky encounter on a lily pad. With a frog. Called George. Suddenly, things are looking bright again! For George isn’t just any frog. He’s a dancing frog. And when Gertrude thrusts this web-footed wonder into the spotlight he becomes an overnight sensation the likes of which the world has never seen!
Featuring a team including Old Rope String Band musician and early Kneehigh member Tim Dalling, his daughter Ailsa, local performer Jenny Beare, puppeteer extraordinaire Sarah Wright, with puppets created by her mum, Lyndie Wright of the Little Angel Theatre. Mike Shepherd directs this delightful tale of hope, heart and hip-hoppity adventure based on the classic children’s book by Quentin Blake.
Suitable for children, adults and animals of all shapes and sizes.
Running time: 55 minutes.
Directed by Carl Grose & Keziah Serreau
Music Direction by Charles Hazlewood
Created & adapted by a company of performers, led by Mike Shepherd
We all know an Ubu. Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably hell-bent on making our country great again! Sound familiar?
Inspired by Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will wind-up and let rip their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creation – KING UBU. Expect world-class buffoonery from Kneehigh stalwarts in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind)! Featuring some of the most iconic rock & pop anthems of all time, given a fresh run for their money by a belting Kneehigh band plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you!* – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness you won’t forget!
Ubu Karaoke is suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.
Estimated running time: 90 minutes.
Fup: A Modern Fable
Based on the novel by Jim Dodge
Adapted & directed by Simon Harvey
The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least. One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. See, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed… And she is going to change their world forever.
FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one. Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, FUP is a story like no other.
Suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.
The performance on Tuesday 11 September will be BSL interpreted by Debbie Harvey.
Running time: 120 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
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