Coming to venues in North Wiltshire including
Sun 3rd Dec Swindon Arts Centre,
Thurs 7th Dec Minety Village Hall,
Friday 8th Dec Hullavington Village Hall,
Sat 23rd and Sun 24th Pound Arts, Corsham
A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale
International theatre company The Last Baguette are bringing this Christmas classic to venues near you. The Wiltshire based company bring theatre artists from around the world to work at Pound Arts in Corsham to create high quality touring theatre.
The Little Match Girl is a touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show for all the family. It will tour from the 1st to the 24th of December to theatres, arts centres, village hall and libraries. In this magic, humorous and poignant show, The Last Baguette use visual storytelling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale. The script is written by T. A. Woodsmith, winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award.
The Last Baguette are company in residence at Pound Arts, Corsham and make fast-paced, irreverent physical comedy. Their work is entertaining, accessible and eccentric. In 2016 the company toured Dracula, a Terrifying Comedy throughout October to sell-out audiences. It was “a spinetinglingly funny production!” said an audience member from Stroud Subscription Rooms.
This year the company returns with an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. “It is a wonderful story” says director Susana Alcantud from Spain, “it goes right to the heart of what Christmas means.”
In the show we follow Alice, a match seller in Victorian London. We meet her in the morning and follow her throughout her day, as she encounters funny and zany characters on the vibrant city streets. When Alice is cold, she strikes a match and the stage transforms. We enter the fantastic world of Alice’s imagination, with talking turkeys, dancing rats, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree.
The Last Baguette specialise in creating touring work that can be performed in a wide variety of venues. ‘We are performing in local libraries and village halls as well as theatres, because we believe it is important that everyone has access to high quality theatre, no matter your geographic or economic situation” says Sidney Robb, producer.
Wiltshire tour dates include Bradford on Avon and Warminster Libraries, village halls in Minety and Hullavington, Swindon Arts Centre and the Pound, Corsham. The company will also be performing further afield with shows in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the West Midlands, as well as at the Mission Theatre in Bath.
The project is supported by Arts Council England, Corsham Town Council, The Wallace Curzon Charitable Trust, The Jack Lane Trust and Wiltshire Council through the Local Youth Networks.
“A fun-filled family show with humour and love… It’s a must-see for people of any age” Grace Spencer, Air in G on What’s the Matter?
“Last Baguette are creative, clever and accessible”
Tracy Sullivan – Director, Town Hall Arts Trowbridge