"Compounding entertainment and food for thought, Model Village embodies its message about the small carrying power"
"A gem of a play"
"A great example of how new writing in theatre can be made available to village halls and community centres, while also provoking conversation and providing entertainment"
New Perspectives 50th anniversary year started with a playful new comedy on an epic scale.
The train now departing from Platform 1 is for Model Village...
Welcome to the model village, an acre of idyllic 1930's England. Cricket is always played on the green, the miniature railway runs on time. But the waist-high houses that have brought joy and wonder to generations of kids are in decline.
Model-makers Bob and Holly are joined by Cutler, a radical urban artist, to help save the attraction and put the village back on the tourist map.
However, not all is quite as it seems as the miniature villagers rebel and an emergency council meeting brings model-makers and residents eye-to-eye at grassroots level. If both worlds are to survive, they must learn to collaborate across divides. But first, they must round up the wolves.
We are now arriving at our final destination. Please mind the gap between one reality and another...
What makes this production extra special...
Model Village has TWO different endings and as audience members you not only got to vote for the model village they wanted, but you are also invited to join in with the chorus of a specially composed song. The words were printed in the programme available at performances, plus they hadchance to familiarise themselves with the tune and have a sing-a-long before seeing the show!
L-R (seated) Abigail Pidgeon, Lee Rufford, Duane Hannibal,
L-R (standing) Abigail Pidgeon, Duane Hannibal, Lee Rufford
joined by Assistant Director Martha Kent, composer of This Is Our Home
This production was kind supported by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Unity Theatre Trust.
Target audience age: 14ys +
Running time: 70 mins
Interval length: 15 mins mins
New Perspectives is the East Midlands’ touring theatre company. Founded in 1973, we champion new writing, under-represented voices and powerful stories, touring world-class theatre into the heart of communities – reaching rural audiences where they live.
We believe that all people, whatever their age, circumstance or identity, have the right to access practice and inspire theatre and that all places can be sites of exciting cultural exchange.
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