Page extent: 208
ISBN: 9781840025644
Binding: PaperBack

Kneehigh Anthology: Volume One

Kneehigh Theatre Company, Tom Morris, Emma Rice

PaperBack (07 Apr 2005)

"The truly great theatre companies stand out by their ability to bedistinctively themselves and yet make a succesion of shows thatare distinctively different. After an astonishing few years of creativefrenzy, Kneehigh joins those ranks." - The Guardian

Kneehigh now finds itself celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies. This collection contains the performance texts of four of their highly acclaimed shows: Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, The Wooden Frock and The Red Shoes. With forewords from Emma Rice, Tom Morris, Anna Maria Murphy and Carl Grose, it offers a unique insight into Kneehigh’s approach to making theatre, revealing how ascript can emerge from a collaborative devising process.

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ISBN13 9781840025644
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 208


'Kneehigh's revival of its hit Tristan and Yseult is a vibrant, vivid whirlwind of a show... Moving, romantic, but also sometimes silly and sometimes sad, it has a surprisingly complex perspective on love, including the collateral damage (with a bit of class consciousness thrown in). It's a romance about being unloved and discarded, a tale of loyalty – to a husband, to a king – rewarded with scorn and indifference... It all adds up to a riotous delight – a fizzing, intoxicating cocktail.' The Stage ★★★★★

'With its live music, dance, circus skills, balloons and so much more, what follows is the wonderful synthesis of artforms Rice has become such a master of. It's an alchemy as potent as the love potion that Tristan and Yseult take... Rice has created a playful and inventive two hours of storytelling... There's much to laugh at, but she knows too how to tug at the heartstrings. At the end, we learn that love does not conquer all, we don't choose who we fall in love with and, for every person who knows the joy of love, there's somebody else who is set for lifetime membership of The Club of the Unloved.' The Arts Desk

‘The truly great theatre companies stand out by their ability to be distinctively themselves and yet make a succesion of shows that are distinctively different. After an astonishing few years of creative frenzy, Kneehigh joins those ranks.’ Guardian

'this scintillating deconstruction of pre-Arthurian legend truly established the company as the de facto National Theatre of Cornwall... it's the kind of certified cult hit that no longer has an audience so much as fans... a piece that seems to become richer and more enjoyable with each subsequent incarnation. Frankly, if this show doesn't make you fall in love with theatre, there's no potion on Earth that can help you' Guardian on Tristan & Yseult