Footsbarn Travelling Theatre: Indian Tempest

Hall for Cornwall to host UK premiere of Footsbarn world tour
‘Indian Tempest’ , from Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest'
A Footsbarn Travelling Theatre / Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012 production
Under the artistic direction of Paddy Hayter
10th - 15th September 2012
then moving to Exeter Northcott Theatre: 26th – 30th September

One of the most thrilling and influential theatre companies to emerge out of the South West will be making a return to its roots this September, when internationally acclaimed Footsbarn Travelling Theatre perform Indian Tempest at the Hall for Cornwall (10 - 15 Sept) and Exeter Northcott Theatre (26 - 30 Sept), the only two UK stops on a European Tour, which as well as Portugal, includes Ireland, France and the Netherlands. The show which held first rehearsals in Kerala, in January of this year, will then return to India for a countrywide tour, before more European dates in 2013.

Indian Tempest is a collaboration, inspired and led by Footsbarn, with artists from Abhinaya Theatre Village, near Trivandrum, in the coastal region of Kerala. Footsbarn's connection with Abhinaya and India dates back to 1994, and they began initial work on this production in Kerala early this year. Footsbarn, with their Indian colleagues, are currently artists in residence at Guimarães, Portugal, European Capital of Culture 2012, where they are developing Indian Tempest.

Footsbarn, with its heady mix of traditional performing arts, street theatre, circus skills, mime, shadow play and carnival, has established a reputation as one of the world’s most ingenious touring troupes. Its latest production has a strong flavour of Kerala, and is a rich, evocative reworking of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Footsbarn is an international company for international audiences, transcending the barrier of language with its own unique brand of theatre, combining visual spectacle with music and magic.