WE SAW it first here in Huddersfield.
Now Tell Tale Hearts, the company based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, is taking its show From here… to there, to Mumbai in India.
It couldn’t be a better show to illustrate just how well theatre travels. For this is a theatre piece which is all about building bridges.
And when its world premiere was staged at the LBT in summer 2010, young audiences loved it.
From here…to there is aimed at early years and since that LBT staging it has toured successfully up and down the UK.
It is an ideal way of introducing theatre to the very young. The show is all about bridges, and engages the children (and their families) with a simple story about magic bridges, metaphorical bridges, bridges that tell tales of hungry trolls and greedy goats and supports them to share, learn and play and along the way make new friends.
This is theatre which shows just how much a smile can say and how sound and rhythm play a part in how we all communicate.
Children will love the peek-a-boo, hide and seek element of all the exchanges.
Aimed at children, maybe, but it is a real barrier breaker of a show.
Tell Tale Hearts, together with London Talents, will be heading to India in February.
They will be performing in pre-schools, schools and theatres across Mumbai and Delhi.
The performances are followed by a free-play session allowing the children to create towers and bridges themselves while exploring some of the materials used in the show.
The show will be performed by previous cast members Emma Hirons and Grant Stimpson.
They will be joined by Alice Cade who will be playing live music at the performances.
The music has been specially adapted into the show for the first time to suit a different cultural audience.
Director of the company Natasha Holmes says:“It is wonderful to have our work internationally recognised and be exporting one of our shows and expertise to another continent. Yorkshire is home to some world class professionals in this sector, which gives us plenty to be proud about!”