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(AD) An interview with Jessica Cheetham, Artistic Director of This Noisy Isle

(AD) This post was written in paid partnership with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

This Noisy Isle will be performed at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts between Thursday 29th July 2021 – Saturday 31st July 2021. This event has staggered start times, so when booking you can select your preferred time to embark on your adventure. The performance is suitable for 7-11 year olds and tickets cost £12 (£10 under 16s). Click here to book tickets.

Berkshire Mummies recently interviewed Jessica Cheetham, Artistic Director of This Noisy Isle which you can read below.

Tell me a bit about Spun Glass Theatre and The Noisy Isle?
This Noisy Isle is a joyful family show which brings a theatre experience outside and puts the audience into teams, so that the children lead the experience, talking directly to characters, solving clues and generally having lots of fun. Families will build a den with Caliban, learn magic tricks with Prospero and sing and dance with Ariel on an exciting mission to learn about how people integrate in new countries with new languages.

Our company Spun Glass Theatre makes theatre for all ages – right from babies up to older people’s groups. We’ve won awards and performed all over the country. This Noisy Isle is our latest family show and we always strive to create something different, inspiring and relevant for children, introducing them in a fun way to some of the issues they might encounter. Each show hopes to inspire discussion and a magical framing for children to talk about these big issues. 

This Noisy Isle

I’ve read that the show is ’treasure hunt’, how is this experience different to a stage production?
It’s really different, it puts the children in a totally different relationship with the performance. Rather than watching a story play out on stage, the children are directly involved – they have characters and motivation to navigate a new magical world which takes place outdoors – so no set or stage lighting – all the magic is created in their imagination. We have found that this gives children confidence, means that they are more engaged and creative and empowers them to take control – to lead their parents from character to character and really actively discover the world. After lockdowns and isolations we believe this is even more important as we have all been passively watching TV and films a lot more, and children have had less chance to work in groups and solve problems. 

Do the audience need to bring anything with them for the performance? 
You don’t need to bring anything special – just curiosity and playfulness!

Most of the performance is outdoors – how should the audience come prepared? 
Yes, please do wear comfy shoes and bring an umbrella if rain is forecast. We will go ahead in all weathers! If you have any access needs then do contact the theatre – but we will ensure that every location is as accessible as possible. 

Who is the performance suitable for? 
The performance is designed with children aged 7-11 in mind, but younger/older siblings are very welcome. Adults must accompany all children as there are times when groups are travelling from one character to another without any supervision from our team. 

This Noisy Isle

What dates can people book tickets for The Noisy Isle at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts? 
We are visiting Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on 29th – 31st July 2021. We are performing in slots from 10am.

What are you most looking forward to about performing throughout the Summer after the Covid restrictions have prevented you from performing for so long? 
We are very much looking forward to seeing how delighted the children are when they spot a character around the corner and head off to introduce themselves. It’s also fantastic to see when they figure out the clues – that is such a highlight. We are also very much looking forward to rehearsing the show and coming together as a company again. This is the reason we do what we do – we love to build new worlds and see them come to life, it’s been a tough time not being able to do this – but we have renewed energy and excitement to be meeting new audiences this year.

Have you performed at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and what do you love about the venue? 
We performed our show Princess Charming at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts back in 2018 which was a cabaret theatre show for kids exploring gender stereotypes. We love how welcoming the venue is and how lovely the audiences are – we can’t wait to return. 

Click here to find out more about Spun Glass Theatre and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

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