Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

In a remote village two sisters lead a devoted life centred on their father, the local minister, and their church. Renowned for their beauty and talent for singing both had opportunities to marry and leave the village. But their father objected in each case and they spent their lives caring for him.

Many years later – their father now deceased – finds the sisters taking in a French refugee fleeing a brutal war. Babette Hersant. She asks to be their servant. She goes about her work quietly.

Time passes and many years later and with much luck, Babette wins the French lottery. In order to repay the sisters for their kindness Babette offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth.

With so many years passing without a leader to guide them, the villagers have begun to bicker and fall out about. At the meal the sisters and the villagers swear to each other that they will not fall down as sinners in the eyes of the lord and they vow to not enjoy the meal. However such is the splendour and artistry of the food that they cannot but bask in the glory of Babette’s gift to them and as a result they forget their grievances and are overcome by a profound sense of grace and communion.

Babette’s Feast is a tale that honours talent over fame and is a moving celebration of thanksgiving and community.

Our development period will consist of devising the text from the original story and finding our story telling medium. We will explore working with Masks, live music and using French, Welsh and English as our speaking languages. Joining Artistic Directors Robert and Elen Bowman will be writer/performer/musician Dafydd James.

This development period is supported by a grant from Arts Council Wales, National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol.

The Blue Bird by Maeterlink

The Blue Bird by Maeterlink

The Blue Bird by Maeterlink

The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird (French: L’Oiseau bleu) – Written by Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck, The Blue Bird was premiered at the Moscow Arts Theatre in September 1908.

We must be brave enough to see the hidden…

Stanislavski on his first day of rehearsal for The Blue Bird

He had decided to show on the stage something which was almost impossible: the souls of men, the deity of the underworld, the realm of the future and much more.

The story tells the fantastical tale of a brother and sister Mytyl and Tyltyl who are asked to help their elderly neighbour’s child. Her illness can only be cured by the magical Blue Bird of Happiness which the children keep in a cage.  Unable to bare the loss they refuse to let the ailing girl have their most precious possession. Later they discover to their horror that the bird has disappeared. Aided by the good fairy Berylune, Mytyl and Tyltyl quest on an adventure through the Land of Memory to the Palace of Night in search of the bird. They return empty handed only to discover that the bird was at their home all the time.

We will be creating a new text based on the original, exploring puppetry, magic and creating songs for this new musical version of this classic, symbolist play.

This period of development on The Blue Bird is funded by Arts Council Wales.