Acclaimed theatre company The Wrong Crowd comes to Liverpool next week with Kite, a new family show for audiences of seven and older about grief, family and imagination.
And instead of the usual tickets prices, all Liverpool performances will be ‘pay what you want’.
Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying and stories such as The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a beautiful play without words for audiences of all ages. A lonely girl is sent to live in her grandma’s airless flat in London where the windows are shut tight, and memories of seagulls and sand dunes begin to fade in the silence. One night a handmade kite comes to life and heralds the start of a wild adventure and the chance to find what it seemed was lost forever.
Featuring puppetry and indoor-kite flying from The Wrong Crowd’s Rachael Canning, Kite’s creative team also includes originally composed music from Isobel Waller-Bridge (Lampedusa, Fleabag, Blink), and movement choreographed by Eddie Kay, who has worked extensively with Frantic Assembly (Othello, The Believers, Beautiful Burnout).
Formed by designer/puppet director Rachael Canning, writer/director Hannah Mulder and producer Bonnie Mitchell, Devon-based The Wrong Crowd say they make visually-inventive, storytelling theatre fusing puppetry, live action, physicality, music and song. The work is for cross-generational audiences, designed to transport the young and old, together.
Rachael says: “We created a story whereby a kite comes to life to help a young girl who has recently lost her mum come to terms with her grief. It’s our first play without words, which suits us well as visual theatre makers.”
The show was made with Soho Theatre and premiered as part of London International Mime Festival 2016 – catch it at the Unity on March 15 and 16.