Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Sunday, May 6, 2012
A New Play by Oliver Birch
A HighTide Festival Theatre / Bad Physics Production
Tickets from £6.50 (And book tickets for two or more events and receive 25% off all tickets.
**Special Offer** - Buy 2 x child tickets and get 1 x adult ticket free for the 5pm performance on Saturday 5th May.
“A company to keep your eyes peeled for” Time Out on Bad Physics
Join an intrepid gang of young detectives on a journey through an explorable building and help them to solve a fiendishly puzzling mystery. You won’t be sat in the dark watching a play… you’ll be at the heart of The Adventure.
Directed by Dan Bird
Designed by Louie Whitemore
Technical Designer by Ian Stickland
Produced by Paul Jellis
Jack Adam Jackson-Smith
Jill Bettrys Jones
Fred Brendan Murphy
Mr Wren Oliver Ryan
Meet the Playwright
Tell us in a sentence why should we see The Adventure.
Come and experience an adventure that grabs you by your smart lapels and hauls you directly into the action – better to be in the fun than watch it.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I started by writing sketches in a revue simply to make people laugh, but I realized how much more interesting it might be if you could lead an audience through the full gamut of emotions, how much more would the laughter be if it came off the back of a good scare, or how much sweeter the laugh if it follows a real moment of loss or sorrow? I suppose I wanted to discover what makes up a character, how a human chooses to show themselves to the world and, more importantly, how they show themselves without choosing to do so.
What inspired you to write this play?
The route to this play is a curious one. I was approached by Bad Physics, the company co-producing the play, who asked me if I wanted to write a play for them. Then they gave me the title. Then they showed me the room where it was to take place. So I was handed a series of blank canvases and sat with Dan (the director) and Paul (the producer) and like three cheeky boys, talked about the most exciting puzzles, adventures, characters we could think of. So it was their enthusiasm and excitement which inspired this play.
Who inspires you and how do they inform your work?
It’s difficult to pin down one person who inspires me, so I’ll mention a few. I love Father Ted and all the work of Arthur Matthews and Graham Linehan for its surrealism, I love the transgressive work of Chris Morris, I love the tenderness and wit of Frank McGuinness and the danger and horror of Sam Shepherd’s plays. And Geraldine McCaughrean is my favourite children’s author.