Sunday 30th April 2017, 5.30pm in Gulbenkian Theatre (Buy Tickets)
£7.50, £5 Conc. 20% off when you buy tickets to three or more events.
The classic story told with puppetry, music and two fine actors – The Emperor has a wardrobe bigger than Paris – but doesn’t have a stitch to wear for his birthday. Two fashion designers arrive in town and things begin to get funny!
Suitable for Ages 3+
Created using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
with additional support from The Point Eastleigh, Waterside Arts Centre Sale, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lyric Theatre Bridport.
The Key theme is dressing up. Jenny loves clothes and Toby helps her. They create a palace on top of her wardrobe – Jenny does climb up there upexpectedly which can be a bit of a surprise. Toby becomes the Emperor with a puppet body and his lovely face. His birthday is coming up and the he asks his men (all puppets) to organize everything at short notice including a new outfit. Two rascals – also played by Toby and Jenny pretend to be Fashion Designers to trick money out of the Emperor. They are both funny and wear big coats and hats. They are given the wardrobe as their ‘quarters’ and sleep inside it and are sometimes hanging up in there. A little girl Molly, who owns an orange pig is friends with all the people in the town, who are all puppets. They all speculate about what he will wear. There is a parade through the town and the emperor is not waring anything (not rude) and Molly tells everyone the truth. She invites the Emperor to live in the town with her and her friends and the pig and they live happily ever after.
Total Black out (audience): No
What is the audience lighting level?: House lights are up on the audience warmly but not fully bright.
Flashing Lights or strobe: no
Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Some music and singing. Some cheering and clapping.
Repetitive noises: No
Drums: As a backing track to one of the songs
High-pitched tones: No
Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): No
Is there background sound/music: Yes
Interactivity and Participation
Audience invited on stage: No
Artist goes into the audience: No
Workshop/manual activity: No
Are participants required to…
Walk around: No
Undertake directed movement: No
Construct things: No
Participate in pairs or groups with others: No
Attention Span Information
Show duration: 60 mins
Is there an intermission: No
Do the audience need to sit in one place during the show: Yes
Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes
Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: No
Senses, Emotions and Effects
Does your show have any distinctive smells: No
Does your show have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): No
Does your show involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: No
Are balloons used in your show: No
Do any of the characters in your show express anger: grumpy sometimes
To what extent is your show dialogue driven: Very visual but also some words – younger children enjoy it despite the words as there is a lot to look at.
Are there any props in the performance that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned: There is a fur coat, a harp, lots of puppets, an artist’s easel, some paintings, a hobby horse, laundry- one puppet comes out of a laundry basket. The pig sometimes appears in different places unexpectedly but not to make anyone jump. The pig is quite small.
If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: N/A
If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: N/A
If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: N/A
Please include any other notes or comments that will be of assistance:
The cast have performed the show at relaxed performances before and will make the show more gentle in the moment if they sense any distress.