The Simple Things in Life

20 July 2011

The RSC and Fuel invite everyone to enjoy 'The Simple Things in Life'.

Saturday 13 August, Swan Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company has teamed up with award-winning theatre producers, Fuel, to present The Simple Things In Life, a celebration of the less complicated things in our everyday existence.

As part of a project that is appearing at a number of summer festivals, including Edinburgh, the Big Chill and Latitude, Fuel has commissioned five artists to create experiences that unfold in a series of seemingly humdrum garden sheds. On Saturday 13 August in the Swan Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon, audiences can enjoy two of these short and unexpected experiences.

In one shed, The London Snorkelling Team is a band bursting at the seams. It's time once again for Valmont Clay Industries to open the doors of its Science Laboratories for the annual space fete. Valmont technicians will be demonstrating the hot and dangerous procedure of light-controlled music, featuring Moog, trombone, drums and a classroom overhead projector. The London Snorkelling Team perform absurd crime-jazz cartoon storytelling with a great deal of care and seriousness. There will be four performances, at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6.30pm. Free. No booking or ticket required.

The other shed will house Song Field, an installation by David Harradine. This experience transports an audience of eight into the clouds with a symphony of birdsong. There will be five showings, at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Free. Booking required. Eight tickets are available for each performance: four tickets can be booked in advance from the RSC Box Office from Monday 25 July – or 0844 800 1110. The other four tickets will be available from The Simple Things in Life box office shed on the day 10 minutes prior to each performance on a first come, first served basis.

Founded in 2004 and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working with artists to develop, create and present new work. Fuel produces the work of artists including Fevered Sleep (On Ageing), Sound&Fury (Kursk), Will Adamsdale (Jackson's Way, The Receipt) and Clod Ensemble (Under Glass).

Geraldine Collinge, Director of the RSC's Events and Exhibitions Department, who invited Fuel to perform in Stratford, said: 'Fuel is one of the most innovative producing companies working in British Theatre today, so I'm delighted that The Simple Things in Life is coming to Stratford. A visit to either of the sheds promises surprises and a lot of fun, and I'm certain the sheds will attract a lot of attention from passers-by and arts lovers alike.'

Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, co-directors of Fuel, said: 'We are very pleased to be collaborating with the RSC to bring The Simple Things in Life to Stratford. We hope that visitors to the gardens will find something new to discover in the project. The two sheds offer very different experiences, but share a delight in the everyday pleasures that lift and inspire us.'

For more press information, please contact:
Dean Asker
RSC Press Office
01789 412660
0778 9937759

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