Bash Street Theatre (Great Britain)
Bash Street Theatre is a street theatre that combines circus, comedy without words and live music. It was founded in 1991 and since the premiere of their first spectacle at Les Arts dans la Rue in Morlaix (France) it has been invariably popular with the audiences all over the world. That first performance, a compilation of sketches in a comic style with an incredibly swift action began and defined the characteristic style of the company.
Since 1991 Bash Theatre has performed for over 300,000 spectators and produced 20 different spectacles. The artists have enchanted young and older viewers at all major festivals in Great Britain, in more than 20 European countries (including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain and Italy), as well as in Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, and South Korea. In 2006 Bash received Caix Cataluny Prize for the best street theatre performance at Fira de Teatre in Tàrrega in Spain for their sensational spectacle stylised as a silent movie – Cliffhanger! Bash Theatre is a small independent company run by partners Simon Pullum and JoJo Pickering. It is based in Penzance, Cornwall.
Date and place of presentation
30 June 8 p.m., Rynek Nowego Miasta, Bash Street Theatre "Bellevue Hotel"
1 July 8 p.m., Rynek Nowego Miasta, Bash Street Theatre "Bellevue Hotel"
- a brilliant family comedy show with lots of unexpected turns, performed without words, with live music and situational comedy worthy of Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton.
The spectacle tells the story of a landlady, Elsie Lovejoy and her battle with the gangster boss of a sweets factory. It is set around a dilapidated, theatrical boarding house in a seaside town in the 1950s. An ex-showgirl, Elsie and her talented guests rally round to save the establishment that has become a tasty morsel for the ruthless neighbour and his nasty gang. The resourceful landlady is no stranger to adversity, and she knows how to deploy the useful talents of her tenants – she inspires a sequence of surprising and extremely funny actions, which lead to a dramatic, yet happy finale.
“Witty, slick and imaginative”.
Angus MacKechnie, National Theatre
“A well-crafted, well-performed, funny and engaging street theatre show…small children and adults alike were delighted”.
Dorothy Max Prior, Total Theatre Magazine
“A very clever, witty and well thought out show, and a fantastic finale… kept young and old entranced for a full hour”.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Director: Bec Appleby
Music: Seamas Carey
Production: Simon Pullum, JoJo Pickering
Set design: Helen Tiley
Performers: Simon Pullum, JoJo Pickering, Lochlann Pickering
Technician: Finbar Pullum
Premiere – 2017