The Bureau were out and about once again over the weekend. We would like to thank the people of Burrington, Dolton and some from further afield for their hospitality and participation in the Bureau of Extraordinance Survey. Also a big thank you to the Devon Wildlife Trust, who have helped us enormously with our research, access to various types of land and experts in their field (literally). The show is but one part of spreading the word about Nature Improvement Areas, more of which here.
It’s been a little while since our last post. We have spent the last week in research and development for our next show – The Bureau of Extraordinance Survey. Taking in a few strolls around the North Devon villages of Shebbear and Buckland Brewer, we have some images we’d like to share with you. Sneaky peeks of things to come?
Photos taken by Ruth Webb
Thank you for joining us, especially the young knights, some of whom were rather new to their steeds. We are still looking for Saturday’s!
Thank you to all that joined us on Don Quixote’s adventures. Here are pictures of our lovely audiences:
We here at Burn the Curtain will be breaking new territory (for us) next week. We take a show to the north of England for the first time. The Adventures of Don Quixote will be taking place in Temple Newsam Park, Leeds.
The show is part of a new arts programme for the city called Julianna’s Bike, which you can learn more about here: http://julianasbike.org.uk/events/the-adventures-of-don-quixote-by-bicycle/ It is run by East Street Arts: http://eaststreetarts.org.uk/
Five shows are scheduled:
Friday 9th August 6pm-8pm
Saturday 10th August 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
Sunday 11th August 12am-2pm and 4pm-6pm
Tickets are priced at £6 Adults, £3.50 Under-16. They can be bought online here: http://donquixote-bybike.eventbrite.co.uk/
Bring your own wheels and a sense of adventure!
We are excited to be performing in Cornwall once again – our last show was Alice at Antony House back in 2010!
Don Quixote by Bicycle will be riding into the county and performing at the Clay Trails, across two weekends, first of which starts Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.
Quixote and Sancho will be riding along the Eden to Wheal Martyn trail. For more information on the show, see Don Quixote’s designated page from the menu above. For information on the Clay Trails, visit their site:
Book tickets, visit:
Look forward to seeing you there.
Burn the Curtain have now fully assimilated back into the UK.
Sadly we only got to do one of the four scheduled shows. This was due to the weather – very high winds meant that it wasn’t practical or particularly safe When a heavy donkey tricycle needs to peddle down a steep hill, it’s usually a sign.
The one show we did do was well received, the hospitality was first class and the region had stunning scenery. Here is brief footage from our time in France:
June has arrived. Following our very enjoyable and successful week in Brighton, we are excited to announce our first venture into another country – France!
Over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June, Don Quixote will be riding alone the beautiful region of Cap Fréhel. This is part of a wider celebration which links South West UK and Brittany’s cycle paths.
Details of our shows, in French, is available on a new page – http://wp.me/P1so6S-bm
When we return, we will be posting details of our next English shows.
After an exhausting and successful week in Brighton, we returned home. Outdoor theatre is never just a case of rocking up and rehearsing. So many people help us deliver the show in each new space. We’d like to thank the following:
Kelly Turnbull (volunteers co-ordinator), Polly Barker, Chris Challis and Pippa Smith of Brighton Festival for making us feel welcome and for bringing us to Brighton.
Devils Dyke pub for a back stage area, which was spacious, dry and warm.
Our volunteers Patrick, Niki, Lorraine, Mark and Carla. Your enthusiasm and commitment was vital to helping make the best show possible.
Charlie and Graham at National Trust and Chris the farmer – for land access/use, parking and much more.
Alison and David Hirst
John and Alexandra Hancock
Malcolm Smale from Sustrans – particularly for riding with us during a very cold and very snowy site visit in January. Plus numerous site visits on his own!
Knights and Squires – for riding with us through the epic landscape. Also the sheer creativity which lead to a variety of horcycles as well as ‘titles’.
It’s official, Burn the Curtain are award winners! We were delighted to hear on Monday that we were the seventh recipient of an Argus Angel award. Here is a short history of it:
“The Argus Angel Awards were introduced in 2007 to award artistic excellence during the Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. From theatre and dance to music, live literature and exhibitions – The Argus Angels are presented to artists and performers who truly stand out from the crowd.”
We can now reveal a sneak peek of said angel:
Also the review from The Argus.