Cornwall’s Rogue Theatre returns to present the Cornish debut of their new show The Dancer and The Devil.
Hot on the heels of the production’s national preview at The Lowry (Salford) and having gained excellent audience feedback and 4 star press reviews the show promises to “mesmerize” with “uninhibited abandonment” and …”a never ending spectacle of showmanship”.
Rogue Theatre took a break from touring in 2010 to focus on developing new activity (such as the Twenty Five project at Port Eliot Festival), to explore a new creative process and to strengthen the company against the imminent struggle facing the arts in Britain.
In May 2010 Battersea Arts Centre invited Rogue to take part in their Scratch Festival where they hatched the idea for The Dancer and The Devil. Since then the work has been developed with support and funding from The Lowry and Prema Arts Centre.
“Creating the show has been a really exciting process for Rogue. It has allowed us to work with some new performers, to redefine the way we work and has given us a huge opportunity to expand, both artistically and as an organization. The show has a real energy about it and we have lots of exciting plans!” – Angelina Boscarelli, Artistic Director.
Bright, sparkling and full of comic mischief, The Dancer and The Devil invites you to lose yourself in a world of twisted cabaret, the smell of wood smoke and perfume, the taste of danger, and the wild thrill of the forest.
Meet Cupcakes our Murderous Master Baker, Minue who’ll be whoever you want her to be, Ruby the jewel that fell from the crown, Celeste who’ll dance the maps of your heart, Jacob; Mysterious Master of Ceremony and Laverna who’ll get the fire blazing.
“Welcome to The Lounge Limbo. You are neither here nor there. Happy hour is between midnight and midnight. Our hostesses will see to your every need. The Doors are locked now, and they will not open again. So take your seat, relax, enjoy the show…you might as well”
With writing and text by Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh Theatre; Red Shoes, Trystan and Yseult, National Theatre and BBC Radio 4) and resplendent live music by Julian Gaskell (Julian Gaskell and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists) and Lauren Vandike (a local rising star).
The Dancer and The Devil performs at The Acorn Arts Centre on Friday 13th (unlucky for some) and Saturday 14th May at 8pm. The performance forms part of an exclusive preview tour before a more extensive national tour in the Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012.
“We are really keen to use The Acorn as a venue, it has played such a big part in Cornwall’s arts landscape for so many years and has such a rich sense of history. We all need to work together to find ways to support Cornwall’s vibrant arts culture”. – Angelina Boscarelli
“The Dancer and The Devil's haunting atmosphere and the disciplines which bring it together are, in my opinion, art personified. Wonderful!” - Julia Taylor - What’s On Stage, 4 star review.
Dancer and The Devil at The Lowry Press Reviews and Audience Feedback
The Dancer and The Devil (Salford)
Date Reviewed: 15 April 2011
Venue: The Lowry
Cornish company Rogue Theatre mesmerise those who see their production, The Dancer and the Devil, an exotic and erotic mix of dance, music, poetry, prose and circus skills. The story is written stylishly by Anna Maria Murphy, and delivered by Jacob (Ollie Oakenshield). The plot follows refugees who flee from war only to find themselves in a forest, compelled to entertain the very soldiers from whom they tried to escape. Julian Gaskell and Lauren Vandike (who also sings the final cabaret song) perform the wild, continental-style music which accompanies the uninhibited abandonment of the dancers. Meanwhile, Celeste (Gemma Kempthorne) is the dancer who most captures your heart, as she can twirl fans and suitcases with equal creativity. Her companion, Cupcakes (Becky Bordeaux), makes the audience laugh. She is also incredibly gutsy, as she is spun on a wheel which determines whether of not audience member, Jason, does or does not win a prize. The show grips your soul. It is a never-ending spectacle of showmanship - garish, glittering, imaginative, surprising and, at the end, devastating. The Dancer and The Devil's haunting atmosphere and the disciplines which bring it together are, in my opinion, art personified. Wonderful! - Julia Taylor - What’s On Stage.
AUDIENCE EMAILS FROM LOWRY PREVIEW WEEK
Just a quick message - my friend Mike & myself went to see your production at the Lowry last week. It was a wonderful and mesmerising performance. What made it so special and unique was the gay abandon with which the whole cast threw themselves into the show. The energy was infectious and I didn't want it to end. In particular I will remember 'cupcakes' which I found wickedly hilarious delivered with disinhibition. I will look forward to your next visit to the Lowry and wish you all well in your tour.
Audiences are in for a treat! – Allie
My boyfriend and I came to watch "The dancer and the devil" on Saturday at The Lowry. My boyfriend has seen you before but this was my first time, I absolutely loved it! An amazing evenings entertainment, the smell, the cake, the costumes, the make up, all fantastic......and very talented artists.
I would just like to congratulate you all on a terrific performance at the Lowry on Saturday. My wife and I attended your matinee performance of 'The Devil and the Dancer' and enjoyed it thoroughly! It was a great mix of comedy, tragedy, music and dance, a great immersive experience of sight, sound and smells. We've saw your previous production of 'The Family' also at the Lowry (I even bought the CD!) and look forward to seeing you all again there in the future.
All the best for the future,
We came to your show on Thursday at the Lowry and just wanted to say a huge thank you for a fabulous night out... I have a massive interest in WW2 history and was mesmorised by your interpretation of events... as the show evolved I felt the same emotions as when at the giant chair memorial in Krakow...
To be able to produce such a thought provoking, visually stunning show that still manages to have humour and be highly entertaining is a gift...
I wish you every success with taking the show to a wider audience and if you do make it to the Fringe we'll be there!
Cheers - Loo
My husband and I received a mail shot from The Lowry about the Dancer and the Devil and decided to book tickets for an impromptu night out.
What an amazing show, fantastic to hear that Rogue were supported by The Lowry to enable them to develop their programme.
From the warm welcome and devil's food cake to the bohemian atmosphere created, it was utterly personal and very inviting. The players and musicians were incredibly talented and the richness of the spoken word and imagery created was bright and vivid.
We will certainly be looking out for Rogue again and will also take a keener interest in the up and coming acts that The Lowry supports.
Thank you! Kind regards, Julie Wrigley