Events and exhibitions update, January - March 2013

21 January 2013

Alongside its current repertoire of productions, this winter the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is offering audiences and visitors the chance to experience The Icebook, a theatre production in miniature; Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, a dedication show with a difference; Cloud Man, a delightful tale for children aged 4-7; and a Theatre Jukebox which plays stories rather than songs.

The Icebook
Presented by Davy and Kristin McGuire

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February

Ten performances each day, at 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm

Swan Reading Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

£6 adults; £4 children, Box Office: 0844 800 1110

'A charming, fragile show,' Lyn Gardner, Guardian

The Icebook is a miniature theatre show made of paper and light. Using fragile paper cut outs and video projection, The Icebook fuses animation, book art and performance to create an intimate and immersive experience.

As the pages of the Icebook turn a magical story unfolds, sweeping the audience into the heart of a fantasy world.
With a running time of 20 minutes, The Icebook is designed for audiences of up to 10 people, and is suitable for those aged 10 and above.

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart
Presented by Uninvited Guests and Fuel

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 March, 6pm

Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

£10, Box Office: 0844 800 1110

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart is an event that is somewhere between a wedding reception, a wake and a radio dedication show. In advance of the performance the audience is encouraged to submit song dedications to someone they love. These dedications and the stories attached to them are then used as the basis for the show, meaning each performance is unique to that particular audience. The evening shifts between theatre and a real social event; dedications are spoken, Cava is served, songs are sung and dances danced.

The show has fuelled many romantic encounters, and an audience member even proposed to his girlfriend after hearing her dedication in the show.

Devised and performed by Jessica Hoffmann and Richard Dufty, and directed by Paul Clarke, the performance runs approximately one hour, 15 minutes.

A BAC Scratch and an Arnolfini We Live Here commission. Also commissioned by Leeds Met Studio Theatre.

Cloud Man
Monday 25 – Saturday 30 March, two performances each day at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre

£10 (adults) and £5 (children), Box Office: 0844 800 1110

Cloudia has always had her head in the clouds. A cloud expert, she has dreamt all her life of seeing Cloud Men – extremely rare creatures who live a quiet life high up in the sky...

In this delightful show, brought to you by Puppet Maker, Ailie Cohen, the audience follows the clues to the very top of Cloud Mountain, a place where the views are always surprising – and, if you're lucky, you might see something very special indeed.

Featuring a blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals, Cloud Man is a 45 minute show suitable for children aged four to seven years.

The show was devised and developed together with collaborator, Lewis Hetherington, and is directed by Alasdair Satchel. It features original music by Niroshini Thambar and Nik Paget-Tomlinson, as well as set and puppets created by Ailie Cohen. The production was featured as part of Creative Scotland's prestigious Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 with Jen Edgar Ireland as performer/puppeteer.

Ailie Cohen has toured extensively in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She is an associate artist of Puppet State Theatre Company, with whom she directed and designed The Man Who Planted Trees. She has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, The Citizens and Grid Iron, and has produced solo shows including Rumpelstiltskin at the Fairytale Laundry and Jazz Mouse. She was also commissioned by TAG Theatre to create Museum of Dreams, which appeared at the Singapore Arts Festival 2011.

Stand+Stare's Theatre Jukebox
Now running until 2 April, from 10am daily

Swan Theatre foyer, Stratford-upon-Avon


Theatre Jukebox is an arcade-style cabinet that plays stories instead of records. The user takes a seat, slips on some headphones and selects a postcard. When placed carefully on the jukebox's console, the postcard - visually and audibly - comes to life.

The Theatre Jukebox relates to the RSC's forthcoming production of Brecht's A Life of Galileo, exploring changing ideas in astronomy during Shakespeare and Galileo's lifetime, and revealing the impact of a magnificent new star that appeared in the night sky when they were both just eight years old.

Using material from the RSC Collection and Archive, as well as the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Holy Trinity Church and other sources, the jukebox has been created by Stand+Stare, who brought their production of The Guild of Cheesemakers to the RSC in December 2012.

For further press information and images, please contact:
Dean Asker
RSC Press Office
01789 412660,

Notes to editors

Images for The Icebook, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, Cloud Man and Stand+Stare's Theatre Jukebox are available on request from the RSC Press Office.

A Life of Galileo runs in the Swan Theatre 31 January – 30 March 2013.

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