Delving into the magical time before sleep when the imagination can take hold, Upswing encourages us to take time out from our busy lives and explore the importance of the connection between carers and children, work-life and family-life in a show thatcombines theatre, circus, dance and 3D animation. Audiences are tucked up into beds around the stage with their families and friends for an immersive adventure.
It’s bedtime and a little girl is getting ready for sleep. Her mum starts to tell her a bedtime story but work pressures take her away. Our young heroine is going to rescue her with the help of her imaginary friend Three, going on an adventurous journey through unknown and magical places.
Director Vicki Amedume said, “When I was a child my mum often had to work nights. Whilst at work she would record tapes of stories for us to listen to the next night so we could still have our bedtime stories. My nephew is nine and I record stories for him, we continue this little family tradition. He is growing up fast and very soon, and growing up involves an increasing distance between people, a stretching of boundaries as independence forms. In Bedtime Stories, I want to explore those narratives of connection and attachment. The idea is that the audience will watch the show unfold around them in family groups tucked up in bed, being together whilst experiencing an immersive production that touches of risk, loss and the danger of being pulled apart.”
Info: Bedtime Stories is at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX on 28th – 30th May, Thurs & Fri 2pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm | Book tickets | Running Time: 50 minutes | Suitable for ages 5+