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 Spike Theatre

SPIKE THEATRE  (1997 - )

Nationality:    British
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Established in 1997, Spike Theatre is a small-scale, touring theatre company that creates accessible, engaging and visually exciting work. With an emphasis on exploring and developing a bold style of storytelling using physical creativity, it draws upon various disciplines such as, acrobatics, ensemble performance, animation, puppetry, mime, clown and strong characterisation. Spike produces an original style of Total theatre with the performer at the centre of its creative force. The company also has a thriving education wing, developed through an understanding of the need for and appropriateness of physical theatre in the Education sector. Through this work, Spike not only develops audiences for its productions but also enables young people to access high quality work as participants.

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B.L.T.         Backwater         Bank Job, The         Games, The         Gin and Tonic and Passing Trains         Hoof!         Man Who Cracked, The         Sandman         Top of the World         Two Pairs of Shorts



SPIKE THEATRE
B.L.T.

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B.L.T. is the story of a bizarre love triangle and it has all the ingredients for a tale of mythic proportions with Love, Hate, Murder and Betrayal. The story unfolds of a blossoming relationship cut murderously short. Tragically caught somewhere between this world and the next, the heaven bound victim stalls...and decides to turn detective.

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SPIKE THEATRE
Backwater

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A moving and comic story of young Norwegian girl, Nora, who lives with her mother in a small shack on the edge of the fjords. When her father's trunk is returned from the war, she discovers his camera and starts to photograph the odd characters that inhabit her village.

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SPIKE THEATRE
Bank Job, The

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In a small lopsided, lavender-pomandered lodging house, a hapless gang of first time crooks plan to stage the largest heist that 1950's London has ever known. Set in a bedsit world of chintz suitcases and standard lamps. Set in a bedsit world of chintz suitcases and standard lamps, Spike Theatre presents a cinematic storyboard of car chases, Pathe News reports and the Salvation Army! The Bank Job is a fast-moving celebration of, and a tribute to, the Bank robbery comedies of the black and white era.

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SPIKE THEATRE
Games, The

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Three athletes with aspirations of greatness are poised to compete at the largest sporting event in the ancient world, The Games. Under-funded, under-prepared and completely out of their depth, they take on the heroes of ancient Greece. This is their story... Inspired by stories of the ancient Olympics Spike Theatre bring back to life a world of Greek Gods and bizarre sporting events in their own inimitable style. This comic re-telling of all things Greek will incorporate sporting equipment with a thousand uses, an original musical score and scenes of simulated nudity!

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The Met, Bury    12 Oct 2010

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SPIKE THEATRE
Gin and Tonic and Passing Trains

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A visual, comic tale of one man who has too much time on his hands and wonders how to fill it. Mr Jones lives in a remote signal box in the middle of the countryside. It is his job to make sure that all the trains run smoothly, safely and on time. With nothing for company other than his thoughts, an intermittent wireless and the sound of trains rushing past, Mr Jones starts to feel trapped in his damp rickety signal box. Soon loneliness, the stress of responsibility and the endless sounds of bells, drive him to distraction and to the bottom of a glass. What starts as a tipple at four, slowly turns into a torrent at six, and by ten he is visited by all sorts of spirits. How will he cope when he has unexpected visitors? Will it be the tipple that makes him topple or will he be pulled back from the drink? Influenced by the classic Charles Dickens ghost story 'The signalman' this new visual tale will leave you in no doubt that Gin and Trains do not make the perfect tonic.

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SPIKE THEATRE
Hoof!

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Five of the country's finest comic inventors and a musical virtuoso step out ontoa bare stage armed only with their collective imagination. Witness two entireplays created live in front of you with no pre planning, no audience prompts anddefinitely no cheating. This is not sketch comedy but two fantastical talesimprovised quite literally on the Hoof!Internationally acclaimed theatre companies Rejects Revenge and Spike join forces tobring you the most thrilling, edge-of-your-seat theatre experience in the UK.Hoof! is a hilarious, sometimes touching, unrepeatable night out that never failsto mesmerise.

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SPIKE THEATRE
Man Who Cracked, The

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Set in a world of television networks the show draws its inspirations from films such as Quiz Show, Pleasantville and The Truman Show. It tells the simple story of the creation of celebrity and the risks of asking too many questions.

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Darwen Library Theatre, Darwen    28 Feb 2002

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SPIKE THEATRE
Sandman

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He has many names in different cultures, but Greta knew him as the Sandman. Her father merely spoke of him to encourage her to go to bed. But this innocent myth soon transformed into fear, as each night, just on the edge of sleep, a shadow would appear by her bedside...

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The Met, Bury    14 Mar 2009

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SPIKE THEATRE
Top of the World

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follows Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Mount Everest in 1953

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The Met, Bury    17 Feb 2010

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SPIKE THEATRE
Two Pairs of Shorts

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Over the last four years, Liverpool's very own Spike Theatre has treated national audiences to The Bank Job, B.L.T (at Unity in March) and The Man who Cracked... Now at an exciting and practical phase of development of potential new shows, Spike invite North West audiences to a taster, 4 separate short pieces - all in one evening! Each piece will be complete in itself and will be directed by one of Spikešs core practitioners: Glenn Noble, Steve Wallis, Julie Walker and Mark Smith. Audience feedback will be crucial in informing which pieces are developed into major touring productions in the near future...(We place ourselves in your hands!!)

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