The multi-award winning puppetry innovators Blind Summit will present the UK premiere of their brand new show HENRY at the Pleasance King Dome, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, from 11 to 26 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. It follows the huge Edinburgh Fringe successes of Citizen Puppet (2015) and The Table (2011), both Scotsman Fringe First Award winners, amongst many other awards when touring internationally.
Set within a Master Class on 'puppetry possession' Henry is a one man, three-man show with puppetry. It’s narrated by puppeteer, director and “control freak” Mark Down who explores the mystical power of puppetry, assisted by two, slightly sinister, masked puppeteers. Things get out of control when the spirit of “Henry” enters the puppet that is made of bin bags. Who is “Henry”? What does he want? And is he dangerous?
Henry is an entertaining but thought provoking show that ultimately acknowledges that everything is invention and the greatest truth is found in the biggest lie.
With their brand new show Blind Summit tear up the puppetry rulebook again, employing their own unique performance style - 'Extreme Puppetry' - a character led, improvisational reinvention of traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry - together with their trademark irreverent humour. If The Table (EdFringe 2011) was the life of a puppet, Henry is about the life of a puppeteer.
Blind Summit Artistic Director and Master Puppeteer, Mark Down, performs in and directs Henry. The incredibly accomplished puppeteers Fiona Clift (The Table, Citizen Puppet) and Tom Espiner (The Table, Madam Butterfly) play the hooded students. Julian Spooner, Co-Artistic director of Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, and Freelance Theatre Director Alex Crampton are collaborators and assistant directors of Henry. The production was devised by Blind Summit and written by Mark Down.
Artistic Director, Mark Down, said of Blind Summit's work: "We want the work to be provocative, funny, political, outrageous and accessible - theatre that pushes the boundaries of puppetry."
He added: "We work in two ways. With a text we look for an aesthetic that will illuminate some aspect of the text, usually a formal allusion. Puppets tend to bring attention to the metaphorical aspects of the text. We also make work that starts with the puppet we want to play with and write the text from there. i.e. the other way round. This is very difficult and particularly challenging but that’s how we are making Henry!"
Blind Summit is a multi-award winning London-based, internationally touring producer of puppet-based theatre. For twenty years they've consistently subverted people's expectations of puppetry: from giant storybook characters in the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games to The Table, a globally successful touring production that completely up-ended audiences’ understanding of how puppet and puppeteer communicate.
Most Blind Summit projects come from something that didn’t work in a previous project, and the continuing need to keep trying to make work that they would like to see. As an idea Henry has been in development for 20 odd years. It started out at an idea for a dinner party performance for friends and has been percolating ever since.
Previous Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shows
Low Life in 2005 - www.blindsummit.com/lowlife
The Table in 2011 - www.blindsummit.com/the-table
(Scotsman Fringe First Winning)
Citizen Puppet in 2015 - www.blindsummit.com/citizen-jack
(Scotsman Fringe First Winning)
The Blind Summit Team for Henry:
Cast (alphabetical): Fiona Clift, Mark Down, Tom Espiner
Writer & Director: Mark Down
Assistant Directors: Julian Spooner and Alex Crampton
Design: Ruth Paton
Lighting: Hansjorg Schmidt
Technical Manger: Greg Cebula
General Manager/Producer: Ellie Simpson
Devised by Blind Summit Theatre
Henry EdFringe 2018 Listings Information:
Show name: Henry (UK Premiere)
Company: Blind Summit (London)
Venue: Pleasance King Dome, Pleasance Dome, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL
EdFringe Venue Number: Venue 23
Dates: Saturday 11 - Sunday 26 August 2018 – No days off
Time: 15.30 - 16.30 / Running Time: 60 mins (no interval)
Ticket Prices: £9.00 - £12.00
Pleasance Box Office: W: www.pleasance.co.uk/event/henry/performances
| 0131 556 6550
Fringe Box Office: W: https://tickets.edfringe.com | T: 0131 226 0000
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