THEY are an award-winning theatre company with a big following this side of the Lancashire border.
Horse + Bamboo Theatre is based in Rossendale but has long been a visitor to Huddersfield, delighting audiences with its unique performance style.
Tonight, the company brings its latest show, Deep Time Cabaret, to the Square Chapel in Halifax.
Many will make the trip across to see a company which was last at the Lawrence Batley Theatre two years ago with The Shadow Of Trees, a family-friendly show which did much to bring back the magic to the theatre’s festive season.
This new show sees the company pushing the boundaries of puppetry, movement and visual theatre and in the process it almost totally abandons the masks that are usually associated with the company's highly original style.
The piece has been written and directed by Horse + Bamboo’s artistic director, Bob Frith, and offers a powerful story about the interdependence of everything on the planet.
The show takes a close look at issues such as the concept of deep time; the creation of the universe as conceived through image and myth and the way these creation stories connect to people’s personal experience.
Bob’s script also turns the spotlight on man’s inherent desire to extract riches from the earth without considering the future costs.
The performance has a mix of the old and the contemporary. Candles and wind-up torches blend with backdrops of video and animation to add a rich and multi-layered texture to the performance.
As with all Horse + Bamboo shows there are no words. The music, film, animation and puppetry are combined with Eastern European Absurdism, folk songs and dance in a unique cabaret style.
This ground-breaking company has built a powerful reputation for innovative shows and doubtless many of its fans will make the trip across to Halifax tonight for this performance which begins at 8pm.