After a really successful Easter tour in Cornwall - the sun shone and it
was wonderful to play to a home audience - we embarked on our 'grand summer
This began in May at Saverne in the east of France and we then headed down south to Montpellier before coming home for Streets of Brighton and a rare show in Cornwall, while managing to dodge the rain! Next, we travelled down the west coast of France to Hendaye, in the Basque country, before heading north for Belgium and Holland, again managing to dodge the rain.
From this point onwards, the summer became a blur of festivals, shows, fantastic audiences, loading and unloading and hours and hours in the company van. From Paris to Lyon to Paris to Munich to Paris to Holland to Guernsey to Gdansk and back to Holland. In August we travelled the autobahns of Germany from west to east, north to south, performing at a series of fantastic festivals. It was at one of these that Simon damaged his ankle whilst packing-up after the show. A late-night x-ray showed no broken bones, and then came a mad 18-hour drive to Budapest to the amazing Sziget festival on an island in the middle of the Danube River. We then had 24 hours to get back for our next date in Holland! Then came more shows in Germany and France before a brief return to England where we had our only cancellation of the summer when it rained and rained at Barton on Humber (we hope to try again next year).
Next came a memorable 2,000 kilometre drive over the Alps into Italy to perform at the all-night La Notte Bianca festival in Rome (we also managed to visit Pisa, Siena and Venice en route). We ended the season with a couple of enjoyable days in Holland, performing at a friendly outdoor film festival, and then came a further show in northern France before returning home - to a well earned rest? No, to a pile of office work, and to start programming "The Station", our new show for 2008.
From 2nd May to 23rd September we performed 'CLIFFHANGER!' 48 times in eight countries travelling 45,000 kilometres.
'The Station' will be an hour long non-verbal show, with an original musical
score. It will be set in and around a dilapidated railway station in the age
of steam locomotives, and have an original and dynamic storyline. It will follow
a day in the life of the station master, and the antics of his staff as they
deal with various crisis situations. The creative process will aim to combine
dance, circus, silent movie stunts, physical theatre and live music.
We have received a grant from Arts Council England will be working with 10 co-commissioners in 2008. The show will be devised and rehearsed between January and March 2008. We plan to perform 10 'avant premier' shows in Cornwall, in April 2008, and we also aim to perform the show at showcase festivals during the summer of 2008. In 2009 we will promote the show extensively to festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
(60 minute production, non-verbal, touring with 4 performers)
The National Theatre, London
North Devon Festival
Bath Festival Fringe
Xtrax as part of ‘Feast – A Picnic by the Lake’ Manchester
Winchester Hat Fair
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales
Waterford Spraoi's Festival, Ireland
Penwith District Council,
Cornwall Arts Fresco, Market Harborough
Gloucester City Council
Swindon Borough Council
With falling buildings, dare-devil escapology, slap-stick humour and live piano
accompaniment “CLIFFHANGER!” is a silent-movie style production that returns
to the golden age of the silver screen. Inspired by Buster Keaton’s short film
‘Convict 13’, this action-packed silent comedy show has been enjoyed throughout
Europe by young and old alike. Taking bookings now for 2008.
In 2006, Bash Street performed the show throughout Europe, with bookings in France, Belgium, Germany and Spain, where “CLIFFHANGER!” won the Jury Prize for “best street show” at the Fira de Teatre in Tàrrega.
Taking bookings now for 2008 (50 minute production, non-verbal, touring with 4 performers)
Bash Street Theatre is a circus-theatre company, established in 1991, performing its first show at the festival ‘Les Art Dans Le Rue’, in Morlaix, Brittany. It was the French ‘street arts culture’ that inspired the company to develop its own brand of mid-scale street theatre. The company produce inventive and fast-moving, non-verbal comic shows, featuring a fusion of live music, physical theatre and circus skills. Over the last 17 years the company has created 19 different productions and toured throughout the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Ireland and Bulgaria as well as to Japan and Hong Kong.
Lyn Gardner - The Guardian, May 17th 2005
‘This is a very clever, witty and well thought out show… … kept young and old entranced for a full hour.’
Dorothy Max Prior – Editor - Total Theatre Magazine – Summer issue 2005
‘The best-realised and most enjoyable show…a well-crafted, well-performed, funny and engaging street theatre show.’
‘Petits frères des Marx Brothers et du Mime Marceau réunis, ces anglais du tonnerre ont emballés hier soir le public".
2 Saverne, France
5+6 Montpellier, France
8 Prades-le-Lez, France
11 Streets of Brighton Festival, UK
12 Du Maurier Festival, Tywardreath, Cornwall, UK
26 Hendaye, France
28 Kortrijk, Belgium
29 Venhuizen, Holland
2+3 Festival Parades, Nanterre, France
7+8 Théâtre Jeunes Publics, Lyon, France
16 Houilles, France
18-21 Tollwood Festival, Munich, Germany
23 Fête des Petits Pois, Clamart, France
28 Reuring 2007, Purmerend, Holland
29+30 Winchester Hat Fair, UK
7 Vlissingen, Holland
9+10 Guernsey, Channel Isles
15 Gdansk, Poland
18 Karavaan, Wevershoof, Holland
20+21 Karavaan, Stedebroec, Holland
27+28 Ludwigshafen, Germany
1 Mulheim, Germany
3+4 Via Thea, Görlitz, Germany
5 Micro! Festival, Dortmund, Germany
8 Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
10 Karavaan, Zijpe, Holland
11+12 Duisburg, Germany
14 Mers Les Bains, France
16 Herford, Germany
19 Barton on Humber, North Lincolnshire, UK
22 Trevarno Gardens, Cornwall, UK
24+25 Welttheater der Strasse, Schwerte, Germany
26 Gutersloh, Germany
8 La Notte Bianca, Rome, Italy
14+15 Doesburg, Holland
23 Achicourt, France
11 Ifs, France
Bash Street Theatre Co.
35 Belgravia Street, Penzance
England TR18 2BL
Tel: 0044 (0)1736 360795
Roz am Poullou
29690 Locmaria Berrien, France
Tel: 02 98 99 80 32