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On The Bare Hill by Award nominated theatre company Strange Futures

Malvern Cube
Thursday 30th May 7:30pm
Friday 31st May 7:30pm
Saturday 1st June 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Award-nominated theatre company Strange Futures is set to make a comeback with a production inspired by the Malvern Hills.

Join the likes of Stargazer, Rock brusher, Nature watcher, and other residents of Bare Hill as they unveil the tale of an extraordinary day, spun with joy in a town where normalcy takes a backseat to the unexpected.

“On The Bare Hill” draws inspiration from Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood,” brought to life with Strange Futures‘ trademark breathtaking visuals. Through puppetry, poetry, a grand model of the Malvern Hills, and the dynamic physicality praised by The Scotsman, the piece will delve into the local impacts of climate change.

This marks Strange Futures’ first public performance since their acclaimed “The Tree Rings” premiered at The Charlie Hartill Fund tryouts in London’s Pleasance Theatre. Developed and performed by a blend of professional theatre practitioners and community talents, “On The Bare Hill” springs from conversations and workshops with Malvern experts and residents of all ages.

Photo from play On The Bare Hill
On The Bare Hill

In partnership with The Cube Community & Arts Centre, generously supported by The People’s Postcode Lottery, Malvern Hills National Landscape, and the University of Worcester, alongside dedicated volunteers, collaborators, and patrons, this production is a collaborative effort.

Written and devised by Matthew Simmonds, Jane George, William Moore, Alex Lake, Eliza Ann, and Mollie Guilfoyle, with musical composition by Liz Dilnot Johnson, and technical support from Pete Coxhead, Steve Boffy, Christian Finn, Jamie Shaw, and Chantelle Cox, “On The Bare Hill” promises to captivate.

Renowned for their enchanting and awe-inspiring creations, Strange Futures continues to weave magic on stage, leaving audiences spellbound. As fellow theatremaker Caitlin Morgan attests, “When I watch Strange Futures, I believe in magic,” sentiments echoed by Malvern Cube, who promises a transformative experience.

The piece challenges us to ponder: Could climate change abruptly reshape the ancient landscape of Bare Hill and its inhabitants forevermore?

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