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The Old Woman Who Lived in a...

Mon 15th – Sat 27th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“An uplifting, light-hearted fable about the quest for love and happiness in a culture rooted in violence”

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Elements World Theatre

SUMMARY

The Elements World Theatre Presents

The Old Woman Who Lived in a…

• An uplifting, light-hearted fable about the quest for love and

happiness in a culture rooted in violence

• Storytelling, Text-based Physical Theatre and Live Music

• Illuminates universal themes of childhood and growing up

Aug 15-17, 22-24 12:15 (1hr) £8.00 (£5.00)

Aug 18-20, 25-27 12:15 (1hr) £8.50 (£5.50)

thespace @ Surgeons' Hall, Theatre 1 (V53)

Synopsis

The play opens 20 years after the end of the famous nursery rhyme, The Old

Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. The children The Old Woman beat black and

blue are now grown up and return to meet her in the Café of No Tomorrows

– a mythical place, a state of mind, where now is the only moment that

exists.

The Waiter in The Café plays a central role as part Trickster, part Shaman

and Master of Ceremonies. Two actor/musicians play Jack and Jill, the

returning children in each of the play’s six scenes. Regardless of whether

Jack and Jill express their fear, anger or desire for revenge, the Waiter

breaks the “spell” of past abuse by doing what the Old Woman failed to do.

He tells them stories, sings, jokes, laughs and plays with them until Jack and

Jill finally realise that they are no longer victims of an abusive adult. They

stop fighting each other and the ghosts of the past and give up their vengeful

plans.

“I felt that it cohered beautifully, and that you got three great performances

truly attuned to each other and the piece.”

Dr. Donald Smith, Scottish Storytelling Centre Director (Feb 2011)

“A powerful message conveyed in a magical way with storytelling.

Wonderful!”

Audience member – Scottish Storytelling Centre (Feb 2011)

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“A fascinating piece combining at one and the same time a surface of almost

slapstick comedy, with moments of profound and moving silence.”

Audience member – Scottish Storytelling Centre (Feb 2011)

With live music, physical theatre and poetic storytelling under the direction

of Corinne Harris, The Old Woman Who Lived in a… explores personal

identity and universal themes of childhood in a light-hearted, entertaining

show.

The Old Woman was especially written for the annual Edinburgh

International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (MESP).

Since its inception in 2004, the MESP has invited The Elements World

Theatre to present a new work every year to critical acclaim and The Old

Woman Who Lived in a… was so well received by audiences that the

creative team is delighted to bring this thought-provoking production to the

Fringe Festival.

After the Fringe in October, the production will tour in Dundee at The Little

Theatre and as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

(SMHAFF) at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and, also as part

of the Biggar Little Festival at the Corn Exchange in Biggar.

Admission: £8(£5) – £8.50(£5.50)

theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall

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