Spotlight On… Comedy Trio, Sleeping Trees

Theatre503 and Sleeping Trees present  Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Saturday 7th January 2017 Press Night: Monday 28th November, 7.30pm

A festive treat for those who don’t want to get stuck in the past…
After the sell-out successes of Cinderella and the Beanstalk, award-winning Sleeping Trees return to Theatre503 with the world premiere of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves – a glorious cocktail of everyone’s favourite pantomimes, directed by highly acclaimed Simon Evans (The Dazzle, Bug, Silence of the Sea).
One cold Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are preparing for another busy night. The reindeer are ready and the sleigh is packed. There’s just one problem; the sleigh won’t start because the Wicked Witch has stolen all the Christmas spirit. In his desperation, Santa looks to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day… the terrifying Ebenezer Scrooge.     Join these performers as they recreate every character you’d expect to meet in a pantomime, as well as some you might not.  With Scrooge, Snow White, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the seven dwarves, Harry Potter and, of course, Father Christmas, the questions on everyone’s lips are… will Scrooge manage to change his ways and save

Christmas?  Will the boys make it to Hollywood?  And what do the Seven Dwarves have to do with ANY of this?
It abounds with heart and wit, is propelled with limitless energy from the three inventive actors who devised the piece…if you only see one Pantomime this season, see this one (Cinderella and the Beanstalk, British Theatre).
Sleeping Trees are a comedy trio blending the classic elements of a well-loved pantomime with an astonishing range of fast, physical and bare-knuckled comedy. With live music, and plenty of mess, the Trees sing, dance and fight their way through ninety minutes of panto pandemonium with on-stage musician Ben Hales!
The company comments, We are all hugely excited to bring a brand new pantomime to Theatre503 this year.  We love the audience in Battersea and are working hard to make sure that this panto is bigger, better and even more Christmassy than last year’s.  With more of your favourite pantomime and fairy tale characters ready to be given the Sleeping Trees’ treatment, Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves is a festive treat for all of the family.

Click this link to book your tickets! https://theatre503.com/ 

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I chatted to the trio, Sleeping Trees….

Tell me about the piece and your inspiration for it…

The show is Scrooge and The Seven Dwarves, it is a mash up of A Christmas Carol and Snow White, with a whole host of other stories appearing as well. In our tale all of the Christmas spirit has been sucked from Victorian London town and the only person who can save it is the person who hates Christmas the most, Ebenezer Scrooge. We loved the idea of seeing what happened when the different characters collide, and ran from there.

Are you finding it easy to put it all down on paper?

As with all shows, we have ended up chopping and changing a lot as we have been creating. The story is constantly evolving every time we discover a character or idea that could add something new, which has meant it has been a lot of doubling back but ultimately for the greater good. Then there are some scenes that pretty much write themselves once you know who is in them and what the outcome will be. Easy isn’t necessarily the word but exciting certainly is.

What do you hope the audience will take away from the production?

We feel it is incredibly important that this show appeals to adults and children at the same time, we want them to be laughing at the same jokes and engaging with the same moments. The idea of doing jokes that go over the children’s heads for the adults instantly alienates the kids who are watching and often is not worth it, and anything that is too dumbed down shouldn’t be in there anyway. We feel you should never talk down to children – if we can be clear enough they will want to engage with us and follow the story.

How does Theatre503 lend itself to the piece?

Aside from the fact that the theatre supports us in creating work and showcasing it, it is a space that we know well and feel comfortable in as well as being an intimate space for audiences which helps them to feel part of the experience with this show. They also have a fantastic team who are helping us every step of the way to making this a fun, interesting, alternative Christmas experience for all the family.

Finally, any advice for budding writers?

Write! Keep writing – every project you throw yourself into you will end up learning a lot about yourself, yourself as a writer and writing in general. The more you do that the more confident and comfortable you become in getting your voice heard in your work. And always challenge yourself, you will be surprised with what you come up with, we never thought we would be writing a pantomime for children and here we are working on our second. You never know what might happen.

Huge thanks to these guys for their time!

 

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