Walkabout & improvised theatre installations
We love getting out and about, because we're certain to reach new people who might otherwise not access live performance. Here's a selection of our family-friendly walkabout characters and improvised theatre installations.
The People's Protection League are walkabout characters from an fictional charity that gives support to people who are bullied by their cats. Which is far more common than you'd expect, actually.
So if you’ve ever suffered from hallways of half-dead frogs, trodden on an abandoned vole bladder or been covered in vomit when your feline overdid the catnip, then The People's Protection League is for you.
Features the song "Cat-astrophe" by Gill Simmons.
Daisy, Nettle and Basil are feeling the Vibes. They travel the country in their beaten up VW Camper, seeking Vibes. Once they've felt the Vibes, they will transform the Vibes into some truly eye-wateringly so-bad-it's-funny poems and songs.
So if you ever feel like you're a very ordinary and uninspiring person, go meet a Poet. Because they might be terrible at poetry, but they know that every person has Vibes. You'll leave feeling much happier about yourself, we assure you.
Escaped characters from our family show George and the Flight of the Imaginees, meet The Monitors. The Monitors are grey-suited, briefcase-wielding and very, very serious.
Your Health and Safety is their paramount concern and they'll do everything in their arsenal of measuring devices to ensure that you don't have Too Much Fun. Or Imagine Too Much. I mean, you can't go around just imagining things. Where would it end?
So serious they are utterly ridiculous.
Improvised theatre installations
The Company of International Artists is a highly secretive organisation of Agents all over the globe.
Their mission is simple: find hidden messages in art, transmit the messages in encrypted forms to other agents around the world, and make more hidden message art.
Agents Kahlo and Dali's pop-up CIA office is complete with phones, maps, art books and much more besides. A rare blend of art history, geography and hands-on creativity, the Company of International Artists is an improvised theatre installation guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired.
Children can also experience the Company of International Artists from the comfort of their own home by subscribing to our through-the-post subscription service, or by joining one of our live online creative missions.
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The Discovery Lab is home to Al Gee and Em de Menthe, two Australian scientists who are deeply invigorated by all things scientific, be it plants, bugs and clouds, why things float or the pH of lemon juice.
They're extremely keen to help you explore what is happening in the world around you. So pop along to their pop-up lab to investigate, explore, think and wonder!
Al and Em like to wrap up proceedings with a TED-style talk, inviting the science experts who've made incredible discoveries in the Discovery Lab that day to share their findings.
The Discovery Lab was developed initially for outdoor play sessions lead by LPW in Hartcliffe, supported Quartet Community Foundation, and was supported by consultations with Avon Wildlife Trust.
It will be developed further in 2021 thanks to an outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry which will enable us to work with designer Bronia Housman and Knapsack Productions.