A cosy evening of cracking stories, cute cakes and comfortable chairs.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I came to the first show; I was mostly tempted by the home-made cakes. I found it exhilarating and oddly moving. It was like seeing a band you’ve never heard of suddenly play an extraordinary, virtuoso set but it had the intimacy of listening to the radio in bed. Afterwards I realised that combination is what you find in all good theatre, it’s hard to describe and it can’t be bottled.”
Jon Ward, BBC
White Rabbit is committed to providing a platform for short stories and short story writers.The first show was in the Arts Bar and Café at Toynbee Studios in October 2008. Since then we have performed new writing by over 200 new writers, and have regular sell out shows at Toynbee Studios, London and The Basement in Brighton. We have also created bespoke storytelling nights for Norden Farm in Maidenhead, National Theatre, Thames Festival, Jubilee Pageant, Islington WORD2012, Wandsworth Festival, Jackson’s Lane Theatre and Winchester Discovery Centre.
“Remember being read to as a child? Imagine that feeling recreated, for grown ups, and you have the essence of White Rabbit’s “Are You Sitting Comfortably”…evening shows. Part installation, the setting is an old-fashioned tearoom complete with cakes laid out on grandma’s mismatched plates; part performance, three actors/writers read their own and other writers’ short stories while listeners sit back with a glass of wine. Stories range from sweet to sexy to subversive. An absolute pleasure – I can’t think of a better way to spend £5. Who’d have ever thought story-telling could be so seductive?”
“the novelty of being read to, sat in a basement in the middle of the night with a midnight feast of children’s party food, is irresistible…an enchanted night. ****”
Contributions are invited from writers local to the venue, of around 1000 words, and we perform them. We also write original short stories ourselves for each show.
“Are You Sitting Comfortably?” began with Bernadette Russell, Gareth Brierley and Paschale Straiton, with the support of Gill Lloyd and Sam Scott Wood of Artsadmin. Thanks go to: Jules Craig (regular writer and performer) Harriet Kershaw (performer) Judy Barrington-Smuts (performer) Amanda Hadingue (performer and musician)James Pritchard (magician) Kane Sinclair-Sojka (magician) Kim Trim (competitions and bon viveur) Emma Bowkett (photography) Debbie Malynn (wheelie bag DJ) Fred DeFaye (recordings and sound engineer) Nick Kennedy (sound) Heidi Mace (box office belle) Emma Rourke (hostess) and the staff of Arts Admin and The Basement.Special thanks to the People Show.
Full reviews can be found here http://www.totaltheatre.org.uk/Reviews/archivespring0910.html