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More Frog King Love

The review of The Frog King by Alfred Mann for the Bromyard Info Magazine (1st edition August 2017) "Having seen Offbeat’s last production The Raven ("The Killing of Poe" - Ed), which was quite dark with lots of obscure literary references, I wondered just how Barbara Hockley would turn her wordsmith mastery to a show suitable for children of all ages. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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Sharing the Frog King Love…

At the beginning of August, Offbeat Theatre had an absolute blast performing The Frog King in Bredenbury. Our unusual location required us to convert 4 rooms and a few corridors into a magical fairytale-land - which we did over the months preceding the show. The audience moved from room to room with the action - not quite 'immersive', but a blurring of the lines that usually separate audience from actors. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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The Frog King – early days

The next Offbeat Theatre production has been a long time coming. After the darkness that was The Killing of Poe in February 2016 we had the promise of a lighter one act play courtesy of The Space in December 2016, which we cancelled for our own inexplicable reasons. But now ... we have the emergence of THE FROG KING! Hooray! (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Offbeat News

The Frog King Cometh!

The new Offbeat Theatre production is based very very loosely on the Frog Prince and we've called it The Frog King. Immediately you see the looseness of the story! In fact if you hop over (sorry) to the blog you might find a more detailed synopsis. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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How to get your dreams on the stage!

[caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]My favourite dream - flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage My favourite dream - flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage[/caption] You know when you wake up and you've just had the most amazing dream. You'll never forget it! Until, of course, a few minutes later when it's completely slipped away and no matter how hard you try you can't get it back. So you try to keep a dream diary, but half the time you don't write your dream down (the pen doesn't work/isn't there at the right time and/or a cup of tea/coffee/more sleep beckons....) When you do write your dream down you're really not sure where to go with it next? One of those generic online/in-book interpretations maybe? Then what? Analyse it, understand the message (there's a message?), use it as material for your next piece of creative writing (ummm, maybe). Dreams are strange and slippery things, maybe we should wake up and bask in them before they leave us, just absorb some of the dreamy fabric of the night and not try to hold on too tightly. And maybe, whilst basking, you could use this strange dreamworld to inspire a stage production? I did, it was fantastic fun - let me share a bit of the journey. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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