After last year’s success with the theatrical interpretation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, BG Touring will be breaking away from the Chronicles of Narnia and setting sail with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. In true BG Touring style, the company will not be producing a traditional interpretation – instead the company will be taking “Treasure Island: The musical” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2008. The reasoning behind this bold move is that it was felt that performing a musical would help expand the portfolio and experience of the company. It will provide a tough challenge for the cast, whilst delivering a show that would attract pirating fans and buccaneering families by giving them a theatrically intriguing set and catchy songs that will progress the plot in a captivating and entertaining way.
Although the production is in its early stages rehearsals are underway with the cast working hard on learning lines, lyrics and choreographing the songs so that they will be full of humorous and captivating actions and small scenes that will help explore the lives of pirates, as well as explaining what is happening to aid in the progression of the story. Among the well known characters of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, Polly the Parrot will be among the cast and she promises to be unique and highly entertaining, as the company experiment with techniques of puppetry, mime and physical theatre.
Of course, BG Touring will not just be taking their full production up to Edinburgh, but they will also be taking the street theatre that has helped them earn such a high reputation. The Street theatre will be performed by the second year Drama In the Community students (DINCs) who will be working on the creation of their pieces later in the year. They will be following in the footsteps of hilarious and highly entertaining groups of boy scouts, campers, lollipop ladies, fitness fanatics, incompetent painters and singing and dancing nuns who have all visited the Festival in the past.
In addition to the theatrical performances that make the bulk of the company’s activities the managing team are looking in to the possibilities of bringing back our junk band. This idea is still in the early stages of development so keep a ‘look-out’ for any future marketing and advertising.