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ROSE & ROBIN

Comissioned by Queen's Hall Arts

From childhood to old age, Rose and Robin have

had a wonderful life together – and they want to

share it with YOU! 

From sports to stargazing, they’ve enjoyed so

much! And most of all, they loved to dance.

They’ve had their bumps in the road, of course,

and now Robin can’t remember where they keep the

clothes pegs. But that’s all fine, at the end of the

day!

Playful and serious, sad and happy, this is a show

that celebrates life in all its richness; a story of love

and loss, for old and young...especially if you are over seven and have ever lost a sock… Or someone you love.

 

So, join Rose and Robin through their days of dances and dreams, music and memories. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit... but don’t worry. You’ll be helping them with some of the moves!

A perfect play for children to enjoy with their grandparents and parents - they were kids once as well!

Accessible across a wide age range but targeted for ages 7 years and over, and their families.

Accessible across a wide age range but targeted for ages 7 years and over, and their families.

 

Running time: 50 mins approx.

Mad Alice Theatre is grateful to Tynedale Hospice at Home for taking part in the development of this show. 

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Illustration by Emma Dunphy

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Photographs by Jamie Sproates (jamiesproates.com)

Rose and Robin has already toured to Darlington Library, Killhope Museum Weardale, Woodhouse Close Community Centre Bishop Auckland, Blackhill Park Lodge Co. Durham and Phoenix Theatre Blyth in autumn 2019. And to Darlington Library, Greenfield Arts Centre Newton Aycliffe, Queen's Hall Arts Centre Hexham, Gala Theatre Durham, Washington Arts Centre Tyne and Wear, Henry Travers Studio Theatre Maltings Theatre Berwick Upon Tweed, Caedmon Hall Gateshead Library. 


It has also toured to schools in Co. Durham and Newcastle in autumn 2019 and spring 2020.
We re-toured Rose and Robin with funding from DVAAP, BBB&SB PARTNERSHIP & PROJECT GENESIS TRUST & ST MARY'S SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP to community venues in the DVAAP area. Venues performed at:
St John's Church Hall Moorside, Delves Lane Village Hall, Dipton Community Centre, Hamsterley Village Hall, Burnopefield Community Centre, Eden Miner's Centre Leadgate, JFK Centre Blackhill, St Patrick's Church Hall Consett, St Cuthbert's Church Hall Shotley Bridge, The Lodge Blackhill & Consett Park.


The performance was followed by post show music, tea, food and chats!! A wonderful opportunity to share memories and catch up with friends and people in the community. And some wonderful post show music too provided by MOORSIDE ELVES/DEAN MARTY 

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AND A HUGE THANKYOU TO THE WONDERFUL ACTOR CAMERON McGARVA for stepping into the role of ROBIN to ensure the tour continued whilst current actor was poorly. 

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We performed to equally wonderful audiences at The People's Kitchen Newcastle and thanks to them for funding the performance.

And thanks to funding from DCC FOOD & FUN we performed at Pelton, Dean Bank Institute, Horden, Sherburn Village, Oakerside, Tow Law, Laurel Avenue Community Centres and Open Church Willington.

Photographs by RICHARD EYERS 

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ANNE & JOSEPH
(AUDIENCE MEMBERS)

Amazing, funny, poignant, such a lovely show!

MRS AYERS
(TEACHER AT ST JOSEPHS CATHOLIC SCHOOL)

"Absolutely fabulous! I laughed, cried and danced!"

AUDIENCE MEMBERS
 

Beautifully realised storytelling. Heartwarming story. Amazing and funny.

Thought provoking music. 

PATSY
(AUDIENCE MEMBER, AGED 81)

The Show was amazing, I loved every minute...such talent and content, thank you

MONICA
(AUDIENCE MEMBER, AGED 77)

I enjoyed the chance to join in and have a dance!"

JOAN
(AUDIENCE MEMBER, AGED 69)

Brilliant! Really enjoy it! Super!"

CHILD AUDIENCE MEMBER

It was really good because the play taught us even if you lose someone you can get over it

CHILD AUDIENCE MEMBER

It made me think that no matter who dies we will always remember them

CHILD AUDIENCE MEMBER

Amazing show! Sad bits but the show was still super fun

TEACHER
(THOMAS WALLING PRIMARY SCHOOL)

It was a story of loss and dementia and it was done in such a way that the children could respond easily. Fantastic play

TEACHER
(HILTON PRIMARY)

A great way to help children understand and deal with loss

TEACHER
(TUDHOE PRIMARY)

Very moving, it really portrayed the message and got the children to think about a difficult subject in a lovely way. I was really pleased about how children recognised the message that memories and people will always live on on your heart

REVIEWS

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