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  • New website undergoing testing

    NRTF's touring scheme board members have been asked to test the site.  Some things are working really well, some are still not quite right.  I am really pleased tho by the comments that I have received so far on the look and feel ot the public face of the site.  Members seem to find it easy to navigate.  There is still some way to go but we are getting there. Supercool Design are doing a great job.

  • New Directions Showcase Festival 2012 feedback

    The NRTF showcase event New Directions was a great success attracting 44 touring scheme representatives.  NRTF offers voluntary promoter bursaries and the majority of the touring schemes bought one or more voluntary promoters along with them. In total 32 voluntary promoters attended the 2 day event and feedback so far has been very positive.

    Joanne Lole (Warwickshire): “I was totally enthralled by all of the professional performances…and impressed with the diverse collection of theatre; the one man performance from Inua Ellam was beautifully poetic in word and motion whilst the vividly portrayed tale of The Bloody Ballad was both disturbing and riveting. I eagerly await the opportunity to see the [full] performances, particularly the talented cheeky Ponydancers...”

    Alison Miller (Derbyshire): “I felt transported into another world which thrives on imagination, inspiration and ‘oozes’ confidence. From the moment the event began, it struck me how friendly everyone was. People were willing to share their experiences whether they be arts directors, promoters or on the production side. Overall I saw the two day event as a huge learning opportunity for all involved.”

    Richard Benfield (Derbyshire): “This showcase event has definitely broadened my outlook for bringing professional shows to our village. I can now propose to our committee a more diverse type of performance plus the prospect of using alternative spaces around the parish. Doing this brings extra risk but I am hoping that the scheme providers can assist with this.”

    A full evaluation of the project is underway and results will be posted in due course but in the mean time Live & Local published a lovely blog that sums it all up very well.


  • New Directions Showcase Festival 2012: The Whale, outside all day!

    Talking Birds presents The Whale

    The Whale is a gentle giant made in metal which swallows audiences one (or two) at a time for an unforgettable 3 minute theatre performance. Prepare to dive!

    Suitable for all ages 6+ and fully accessible for wheelchair users.

    Enter the jaws of a giant silver whale to be serenaded by a lovesick submariner, and you might leave with a gift from the sea. A three-minute journey for one adventurer at a time (or two if you’re shy).

  • More performances revealed for the New Direction Showcase Festival 2012

    10:15 Group B and 12:15 Group A Studio 2 x 30 minute extracts

    Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals – Kid Carpet (Extract: 30 min)


    A New Rock & Roll Musical For Kids (and adults)

    Ed Patrick – Creator, Writer and Performer
    Katie Sykes – Designer
    Chris Collier – Lighting and Sound
    Mike Akers – Dramaturg
    Will Bishop Stephens – Animation
    Co-creators – Hannah Broadway, Will Bishop, Lisa Yardley
    Oliver Postgate meets The Beastie Boys!
    Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals take to the road to present a rock and roll, theatre extravaganza for children.
    Kid Carpet has garnered himself an international reputation as a pioneer of catchy, lo-fi electro-pop music for nearly 10 years. Having released 4 albums, toured with acts like Arcade Fire and worked with cult film director Alex Cox, the much-loved musician now turns his hand to live theatre.
    Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals is a pop adventure that stretches across the nation. Join us in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Oxford and many more places to get on down. Follow, gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger, as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and finally rock out at the grand dance contest. This lively and entertaining show contains a unique mix of live music, theatre, comedy and animation. The tracks include the addictive A Bear On A Boat In The Bath, Doing a Poo in the Forest, and Getting To The Good Bit (Really Good Bit).
    “I have a two-year old and have found myself quite naturally developing a range of songs about crossing the road, going up the stairs, eating yoghurt and going to sleep. I wanted to use these as a basis to try and put together some kind of performance / theatre / rock show / cinema amalgamation, which would be much more than just a music gig for kids.”

    Kid Carpet (Ed Patrick)
    “Kid Carpet has created a fresh, funny and engaging show that is quite unlike anything I have seen before. I loved the work-in-progress of The Noisy Animals and I can’t wait to see them again.”
    Ali Robertson, Artistic Director of Tobacco Factory Theatre
    Suitable for ages 3+
    Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals is supported by Theatre Bristol and the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s SITE initiative.