Footsbarn Travelling Theatre: Indian Tempest
Under the artistic direction of Paddy Hayter
Hall for Cornwall; 10th - 15th September 2012; Exeter Northcott Theatre: 26th – 30th September
Hall for Cornwall hosted the UK premiere of Footsbarn's world tour of ‘Indian Tempest’, a Footsbarn Travelling Theatre / Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012 production. Footsbarn. One of the most thrilling and influential theatre companies to emerge from south west England, returned to its roots. Indian Tempest, which held its first rehearsals in Kerala, toured India as well as Europe.
Indian Tempest was 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, with their Indian colleagues, they were artists in residence at Guimarães, Portugal, European Capital of Culture 2012, where they developed Indian Tempest.
Footsbarn, an international company for international audiences, is one of the world's most ingenious touring troupes. It transcends the language barriers with its unique brand of theatre combining traditional performing arts, street theatre, circus skills, mime, shadow play and carnival. Indian Tempest was a rich, evocative reworking of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
Review by Mark Shenton
Featured as 'Critics Choice', and in Preview section with an image.
Paddy Hayter interviewed by Kevin Berry, appeared with an image.
The Stage: Shenton's view blog
Review of 'Indian Tempest' and editorial about 'Hall for Comwall'.
Review of 'Indian Tempest' by Peter Rose.