Another new show!

This weekend sees the first performance of our new show for this year, “Dastardly Dick Or Righteous Richard?” at Middleham Castle for English Heritage.

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It is all about Richard III

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and it is all looking pretty good and I think it’s particularly exciting because Middleham Castle is where Richard III grew up.  How sad does that make me?!  However, what makes things even more exciting is that the Tour de France is coming through Middleham on the Saturday.  Vive la difference!

Phew, so that was Christmas!!!

Yes, it was, and very good it was too.  Plenty of work building up to the big day, particularly for Center Parcs,  going on the piste en famille on Christmas Day then back to gird up the loins for the coming year!

The big project of course is the new Richard III show called “Dastardly Dick or Righteous Richard?”  We already have bookings for English Heritage and we are hoping to tap the well of current popularity for this celebrated monarch.

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I shall keep you all informed.

Christmas in all it’s glory!

Well, sort of.

The Ludlow Medieval Festival was as brilliant as ever.

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Robin Hood went down VERY well, lots of volunteers and lots of fun.

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The weather was its usual cold self but the sun shone, particularly on the Saturday.  Great stuff. Since then there have been all kinds of different things going on.  Gayna is really busy on Wednesdays and Sundays at Center Parcs, storytelling. I had a fabulous day in Sherwood Forest yesterday doing Circus skills and we are back at Center Parcs doing a number of “Breakfasts With Santa!”  Gayna as Fidget the Fairy

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and me as Captain Hook. Then it’s Christmas!

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Last weekend was the annual Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre and it was brilliant! As ever.

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The venue was stunning and the people we were working with were of a really high calibre which is always good.  We were working with some old friends – Wyndebagge and  Revellion, Discover History, The Plantagenants , Fairbows to name just a few.

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The sun shone and whilst it was cold, it was nowhere near as freezing as it has been in other years and the crowds came in their thousands!  The only vague fly in the ointment was the fact that the power failed, not just for the festival but for all of that part of Ludlow, right in the middle of our third Robin Hood performance which was a real shame as it was going swimmingly!  Nevertheless the leccy board arrived with a generator the size of a small bungalow and everything was back on track on Sunday.

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Robin Hood has been busy.  We went to Ampthill for a Eobin Hood show on Wednesday morning, and they booked us for another one for this Friday!

Busy is good!

I know, I know……

My last post was in September and it’s now October, but once again I plead business, (or should that read busy-ness?).

Work for our various endeacours has continued apace.  Class In a Coat has had a good autumn – not quite as busy as lart year, September in particular, but nonetheless all very satisfactory.

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Temple’s Entertainments Agency seems to be developing too with a cracking new website and brochure.

bZents has been manic with all kinds of things, some new, some old favourites. Center Parcs has kept pretty well occupied,

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but once again the highlight of the autumn has been the ghostly mystery trail at Wrest Park for English Heritage.

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Once again this was a cracker.  “A Hungry Haunting” had over 1000 kids sign up to take part over the week.  This does not include the under 5s that came with them, nor their mums, dad, grandparents, nannies assorted uncles and aunts etc..  A great time was had by nearly all.  Two groups felt it wasn’t scary enough.   This was more than reconciled by the brilliant comments we received through the week and the Facebook comments submitted to Wrest Park.

It;s the big run down to Christmas now, that and the writing of our new History show “Dastardly Dick or Righteous Richard!” ready for next season.

I’m sorry OK?

I really am.  I have just checked when my last auricle on here was posted and it was in June!

However this does reflect a massively busy summer, and it was fun!  The sun shone and the people came.

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In their hundreds, dare I say thousands?

We worked mostly for English Heritage at some wonderful sites, Audley End, Wrest Park, Bolsover (a real gem) Conisborough (my favourite castle)

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Scarborough….to name just a few.

We also worked for Norwich City Council performing “Horatio’s Last Hurrah!”

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and after a summer long programme of touring theatre we were chosen as the best!  How chuffed we were.

So it’s heads down now writing the Hallowe’en ghost trail for Wrest Park and preparing the new Richard III show for next year.  I promise not to leave it so long in the future!

Phew……..

……that was a stretch!

But it is how we like it, nice and busy.

For me it all started on the Saturday when Class In A Coat was Toastmaster at a wedding at the King Power Stadium.

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We had the two Sundays bracketing the week working for the National Trust in North Yorkshire.  The brilliant noise is that for the first time in years the sun shone on both jobs!  One was at the drop-dead gorgeous Rievaulx Terrace and the other was at the lovely Nunnington Hall.

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We were particularly busy at Rievaulx and had some wonderful feedback from the visitors.

On the Monday we had magically transported to Audley End for English Heritage.  Two or three thousand visitors, and the sun kept shining!  We arrived on day two of a two day event which was a bit strange, but it all seemed to work.  From there we went to one of my favourite places, Framlingham Castle in the lovely county of Suffolk.

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The sun was not so shiny.

In fact, it was freezing until the Friday when the sun came out again!

Let’s hope the sun is just a taster for the summer to come.

Somebody wasn’t told!

No, they certainly were not.  Somebody who shall remain nameless, but is often referred to as the omnipotent one,

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obviously was not told that we had a bank holiday last weekend because the weather was FABULOUS!!!!  The sun shone, the temperature was warm the crowds came out and they smiled, just because they could.  It was brilliant.

We were lucky enough to be working for English Heritage at the drop dead gorgeous Witley Court in Worcestershire. We have never worked there before and were delighted at the venue and the event.

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It was a children’s festival and as well as bZents, there was Griff from Griffin Historical, doing junior jousting with his mate Nick, a Victorian soldier; there was Paul the Puppeteer, with whom we have worked a number of times and puts on a great show, and then there was the venue itself.  Beautiful grounds and gardens, a fabulous adventure playground and a stunning fountain.

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We had the circus workshop there and performed Robin Hood, “Don’t Mess With Bess!” and “Horatio’s Last Hurrah!”

Horatio from the back

Bring on the summer!

It was freezing…

Yep, Easter 2013 was a cold one.  It was so cold that we had to do nearly all our performances for English Heritage at Kenilworth Castle inside.  Here is a picture of the castle just a few days before we were there…..