I’ve been lucky enough to catch the wonderful Kneehigh Theatre again this month – they have just finished a run of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips at the Birmingham Rep. Kneehigh are a Cornwall based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. For over 30 years they have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre. And at every opportunity I have been telling everyone I know to go and experience one of their amazing productions.
As a lover of design, this theatre group always stand out for their innovative stage and set designs which transform the stage and often ingeniously alter and shift during the performance. I’m a big fan of drawing inspiration from other mediums and from the mix of film footage and real life in their production of Brief Encounter, the mythical ruin of the stage set for Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and the smoky city scaffolding of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), I have been constantly amazed by their creativity and imagination.
Their original brand of theatre tells an engaging story with music, comedy and puppetry. The audience is always engaged not only with the story, but with the theatre space which is continuously reinvented with unique layouts, lighting, special effects and multimedia, and their ever-changing ensemble of performers, who not only act but dance, sing and play multiple musical instruments. It is truely a mutli-disciplined creative feast for the senses.
Find out more, you won’t be disappointed.