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Preview: Chicken Licken: A TaleJam at Durham Gala Theatre
North East theatre-makers give family tale a musical
Chicken Licken: A TaleJam
Durham Gala Theatre
Sunday 14 - Monday 15 April 2019
trio of North East theatre talent will flock to Durham with a performance of a
children’s classic this Easter.
Licken: A TaleJam tells a traditional
story, with a modern musical twist. The musical storytelling experience for all
the family, which plays at Gala Theatre
during the April school holidays is also touring to schools, libraries,
community centres and theatrical venues across the region, and is being
produced in partnership with some regional favourites.
Based on the well-known folk
tale, Chicken Licken, this story may be familiar to children across the world
and has inspired two Disney animations, but audiences at Gala will be able to
explore the old folktale told in a new way with fun, fake news and feathers.
The show is narrated, written
and directed by north east theatre-maker Ruth Mary Johnson, the director behind
top selling children’s shows such as Izzy Gizmo: a Story Gig, Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo, Hey Presto!, Man on the
Moon and The Worst Princess, and most recently, director of The Winter’s Tale
for young audiences for the National Theatre.
Calum Howard and Ruth Mary Johnso Photo: Richard Kenworthy
“I’m so excited to be working with Gala
Theatre to create Chicken Licken: a Tale Jam and cannot wait to meet our
audiences on tour, particularly in my native north east, who will help us to “Tale
Jam” this feathery tale of fake news and fun . A Tale Jam is a bit like a Story
Gig and the show starts with a band about to play a gig until something
unexpected happens. I have always been interested in how performers and
audiences can share ownership of the story being told and our audiences will
play a key role in deciding what happens.”
actor and musician Calum Howard will take on the role of the villainous Foxy
has toured across the UK and Europe with several bands, and has played
several live radio sessions on BBC 6 Music, performed on Later with Jools
Holland and supported Placebo on their 20th anniversary UK arena tour. Calum
composes soundtracks for films and animations, performs live cinema scores, and
continues to perform and release music with the live electronic band Grey
Calum Howard - Photo by Richard Kenworthy
is also an experienced pro when it comes to telling a tale with a musical
twist, having already performed in Ruth’s productions of Man on the Moon, Do Not Enter
the Monster Zoo and Izzy
Gizmo: a Story Gig. “I am eggstatic to take on the role of Musical
Director for Chicken Licken: a Tale Jam and can’t wait to take this
storytelling band on the road!”
Northumberland actor Liam
Scarth will play Chicken Licken. Liam, who trained at East 15 Acting school,
has performed all across the region and beyond, in shows such as Sherlock
Holmes and Robin Hood with the Chapterhouse Theatre Company; Playing Up at
Northern Stage; and most recently The Climate Change Project with Cap A Pie
Theatre. Liam works regularly with Mortal Fools and Lawnmowers Theatre Company
as a facilitator and enjoys creating work with young people in order to boost
confidence, self-belief and creativity. He is excited to part of this
reimagining of a classic tale.
The show is designed by Anna
Robinson, a local emerging designer and recent graduate, who has worked with
Ruth on a number of youth projects as a participant.
Robin Byers, manager of Gala
Theatre, said: “We’re working with three of the North East’s best performers
and producers to bring this classic tale to life. The whole family can join in
the antics as our band tells the tale of a young chick who can’t decide what to
Songs from the show can be
downloaded after the event, along with a little something extra, so that the
musical storytelling experience can continue at home.
Tickets: Chicken Licken: A TaleJam runs at Gala Theatre at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 14 and
Monday 15 April. The Monday 4pm show will include a British Sign Language
Tickets, priced at £7, £6
concession, are available to book from the Gala’s box office, online at www.galadurham.co.uk or over the
telephone on 03000 266 600.