With the daffodils emerging it can only mean one thing…(well it means several things really, but in the Eastern Angles office it does only mean one thing). The Spring Tour is just around the corner! Rehearsals start in our Ipswich base on Monday 10 February and the tour begins at Eye Town Hall on Thursday 6 March. By the time the tour ends, on 24 May at Hindolveston Village Hall, the show will have played in 50 different venues and been performed some 60 times. You can book tickets here.
‘A tale of pride and tenderness…warm, sharp and funny’ The Stage
This year’s spring tour is Palm Wine and Stout by the poet, writer and musician Segun Lee-French. Palm Wine and Stout is a funny and emotional play, shot through with music, which follows Taiye’s search for his father, from the UK to a small Nigerian village. Along the way Taiye experiences both the vibrant bustle of modern Nigerian city life and the mysterious rituals of rural African villagers – whether these echo ‘mysterious rituals’ in East Anglia’s villages could be a subject for debate!
With half-brother Femi as his guide, Taiye’s journey becomes a challenging culture clash, a flurry of music, dance and a host of spiritual ancestors.
‘The play sizzles with energy and ideas’ East Anglian Daily Times
The show is being directed by Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director Ivan Cutting, whose recent directing credits for us include The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare and Parkway Dreams. Ricci McLeod, whose TV credits include Casualty, Doctors and Green Wing, takes the role of Taiye. Playing Jane is Sioned Jones, who has just finished playing none other than Cruella De Vil in Wellingborough and has numerous credits with the National Theatre. Femi is being played by Itoya Osagiede, whose recent credits include Blue/Orange , Festen and Sing Yer Hearts Out for the Lads. From the original 2010 cast we are really pleased to be welcoming back Antoinette Tagoe, and once again the brilliant Clement Ule will be the arranger and musical director.
There are full tour details on the Eastern Angles web site – or check out a date near you on the Google Map below.