the company’s latest show, had its premiere in October 2009. It is currently taking bookings for a tour in the Spring of 2011.
In 2001 Gillian created a one person TiE programme of the same name, which toured Primary schools in Warwickshire. The programme was literacy based (KS 2) and was developed in consultation with Miles Tandy from Warwickshire LEA.
Gillian subsequently created a ‘play in a week’ for the Belgrade Theatre Coventry which used some of the same themes: Wolves portrayed as ‘bad’ in traditional tales and the ‘Tale of the 3 Little Pigs” as starting points.
In 2004 she was awarded a Birmingham Educational Arts Legacy Bursary to develop her creative skills as a writer and as a result in 2005 attended an Arvon ‘Writing for Children’ course where the first few pages of the play were written and tried out.
Over the past four years the play has taken on many forms and in 2007 Gillian approached Gerard Swift, a Midlands based Actor/Musician who was carving out a career in Musical Direction and Composing to ‘take a look’ and see if he thought there was any potential for music in what was then a 3 actor show.
Potential there was; and in the Autumn of 2008 with the support of local producer Sharon Foster, they approached Arts Council West Midlands to see if their ideas to develop the piece into a 4 person actor/musician show for families and schools would be considered for a grant.
In March 2009 they heard that their Research and Development grant had been successful and over the next few months developed the piece , which was performed on the 16th and 17th of October at the Library Theatre, Birmingham.
Cast: Ash Bayliss, Daniel Finn, Ebony Feare, Laura Edghill
Filmed performers included: Ziona Lewin & Deborah Tracey
VO: Sean Connolly
(past contributers to the development process: Sean Connolly, Bella Hamblin, Juliet Fry, Jane Hicks, Paul Edwards & Anna De Vreede)
Writer/ Director: Gillian Twaite
Composer/ MD: Gerard Swift
Project Manager: Sharon Foster
Stage Manager: Liam Walsh
ASM: Zak Hamza
Filmmaker/Editor: Stuart Mills
Mask designer/Maker: Pyn Stockman
(Wolf Mask designed and made by Jesse Inman)
Set Designer: Andy Martin
Scenic Design: Alison Osborne
Costume Design: Jodie Gardner
Pirate Costume: Lara Bradbeer
Poster Design: Sheldon Bayley
16th October at 1.30pm Schools Only Performance
17th October at 11am & 2.30pm Public Performances
Library Theatre , Paradise Place, Birmingham
Tickets: Adults £6 Under 16 £4.50
Family Ticket (min 4 people) Adults £5 Under 16 £4
Tickets available from 0121 303 2323 www.birminghamboxoffice.com