Tall Stories Brings THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR BENN to Exeter Northcott, Now thru Jan 4
Tall Stories bring Mr Benn to life in this year's Christmas show at Exeter Northcott and it looks set to be a another winner with old friends of Mr Benn and new adventurers alike... As if by magic, Mr Benn will be appearing at the theatre between today 11 December and Saturday 4 January.
One ordinary day, Mr Benn receives an invitation to a fancy dress party - and comes across an extraordinary shop. As if by magic, the shopkeeper appears with an array of costumes, and shows him into the dressing room.
Inside is a mysterious door that leads Mr Benn into incredible adventures, full of dragons, princesses and sea monsters... Will Mr Benn ever go back to his ordinary life?
Based on the much-loved TV series by David McKee, Tall Stories bring their unique style to the stage with catchy songs and astounding magic.
Mr Benn first captivated an audience over forty years ago when David McKee turned his series of picture books into an animated television series. Only 14 episodes were made back in the 1970s but for an entire generation, Mr Benn made an immediate impact, an impact the series' voiceover artist, Ray Brooks, didn't think possible.
"I don't think Dave McKee and I even had an inkling of how successful it would be. How could we?" he said.
"My voice is recognised all the time. We recorded the series over a couple of years. Every time he [McKee] completed an episode we were back recording in tiny studios, which are long gone now"
Mr Benn follows Tall Stories' 2012 Christmas production of The Snail and the Whale at Exeter Northcott Theatre.
Family Ticket: £33 for 3 + up to 3 more £11 each
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)
BSL Interpreted and Audio Described performance - Sat 21 December 2pm.
Relaxed performance: Fri 3 January 11am
Meet the Cast - Tues 17 Dec 1.30pm, Fri 27 Dec 2pm & Thurs 2 Jan 2pm
Mr Benn Exhibition:
Four professional Daisi artists are working with 15 Devon primary schools during October and November to create an exhibition of visual arts to accompany the production The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn coming to Exeter Northcott Theatre this December.
700 young children, aged 4 to 7, will be taking part in this exciting and imaginative project. During the workshops the children will experience new ways of working with a range of quality paints, mixing colours, recycled materials, model making, scene creating, screen printing and much more. The art work will then be collaboratively exhibited at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in early December. creativeadventureswithmrbenn.wordpress.com
Tall Stories' unique brand of physical story theatre has toured from London England to London Ontario, and from London's West End to Broadway's New Victory, taking in Ireland, Poland and Asia en route. The company was founded in 1997 by directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. This is the third time a Tall Stories has been the Exeter Northcott Theatre's Christmas production, following Room on the Broom in 2011 and The Snail and the Whale in 2012. For more information about Tall Stories, visit: www.tallstories.org.uk.
Photo copyright David McKee/Tall Stories/Toby Mitchell.