|"Where Do Little Birds Go?"|
Butterfly - A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly, exploring themes of love, loss and hope. Told without words, this haunting piece uses visually poetic narrative, handcrafted puppets and a beautiful score to tell the tale of Butterfly, a kitemaker. While the idea of theater without words might sound a bit strange, I saw a wordless show at an international community theater festival at Venice Theatre last year that was mesmerizing. If this is half as compelling, it will be a treat.
|"Little Thing, Big Thing"|
The Sunset Five - Faced with losing their beloved watering hole, a pub quiz team stage a casino heist. Hailing from the rundown seaside town of Chipworth, this band of very ordinary misfits come together in an... attempt to pull off something truly extraordinary. Think Hot Fuzz meets Ocean's Eleven. I feel like we're cheating a bit with this one since it's not a new show. UK Guardian theater critic Lyn Gardner (whose recommendations we rely on heavily) says the show is "full of vim and great music."
|"Jonny and the Baptists"|
I'm not planning to blog while I'm away (when would there be time???), but you can follow the fun on Twitter if you're interested. My exceedingly clever handle is @Nanettecrist17. And I'll be sure to report back on how these shows held up to my expectations. I'm hoping for at least a 50% hit ratio!