Audio introduction to Box of Frogs
Box of Frogs toured the UK Autumn 2012, starting at The Purcell Rooms as part of the Unlimited Festival.
Sun 2nd & Mon 3rd Sept 2012
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Sept 7th 2012 Preston Guild Festival in Expo Tent
Thurs 27th Sept and Fri 28th 2012
Circomedia, St Paul’s Church, Portland Sq, Bristol. BS2 8SJ
Sat 29th Sept 2012
The Landmark, Ilfracombe, Devon
Wed 3rd Oct 2012
ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
Sat 6th Oct 2012
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
Thurs 11th Oct
Presented by Eastwood Park Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road Giffnock G46 6UG as part of Eastrenfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film festival.
Fri 12th Oct 2012 CANCELLED
Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street , Lochgelly, KY5 9RD
Presented as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film festival 2012.
Wed 17th Oct 2012 CANCELLED
The Lemon Tree, 5 West North St, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
Sat 13 Oct 2012
The Carriageworks, Leeds
In partnership with LoveArts Leeds loveartsleeds.co.uk celebrating World Mental Health Day.
Box of Frogs performed at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London for 3 nights in April 2012 as part of the London Roundhouse’s 2012CircusFest.
In 2011 Stumble continued the journey they started with Bipolar Ringmaster (without a Circus) with a spectacular ensemble, ‘Box of Frogs.’ It is a circus show with a difference. 5 acrobats and 2 musicians play with the audience’s expectations from their own perspective of mental ill health and performance, against a back drop of filmic illusions. What is colourful character or delusional insanity? What is grand achievement or pointless obsession? Stumble veer with absolute absorption in a fervent love of all things Circus (until the point at which we gets distracted).
Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder. Most people experience ups and downs, (highs and lows). It is only when these become so extreme that they interfere with ordinary everyday activities, and cause you to behave in uncharacteristic ways, that it is called Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression. Between mood swings people with the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder feel and behave like anyone else with the ordinary ups and downs that anyone can experience. But the extreme highs and lows can affect not only feeling, but also thoughts and behaviour.
Box of Frogs has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Unlimited encourages collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers and mainstream organisations to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to create original and exciting works. Twenty-nine Unlimited Commissions have been awarded.
Box of Frogs is produced by XTRAX and supported by Jacksons Lane.
from a review by Terri-Anne Teo for remotegoat.co.uk
“It is the unhappy marriage of physicality and mental instability that enables Box of Frogs to convey a visceral, memorable experience. While not a typically delightful tale, the generous range of performances ensures that the sheer joy of going to the circus is not abandoned.”
A fabulous tweet from an audience member at arc in Stockton the other day…