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  • Woman of Flowers

    by Kaite O'Reilly
    Directed by Kirstie Davis

    What happens when you want a different life to the one chosen for you? A story of desire, duty, deceit and revenge.

    An innovative re-telling of an ancient Welsh myth where nothing is quite as it seems.

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  • Stardust

    by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by Kirstie Davis

    A fantasy adventure for all the family

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  • Hansel and Gretel

    by Brothers Grimm
    Directed by Kirstie Davis

    An interactive story telling adventure of this well known classic suitable for 3-7 year olds and the family in residency at the studio space at Lighthouse, Poole

    In partnership with Lighthouse logo

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  • Leaves on a Line

    by Dinos Aristitou
    Directed by Kirstie Davis

    ‘If there was one thing you could say to your younger self what would it be?

    Would she listen? And if she did, what difference would it make? You’d still be here. Waiting.’

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Welcome to Forest Forge Theatre Company

Forest Forge is one of the UK’s leading small-scale touring theatre companies.  It specialises in creating professional performances and Creative Learning projects that share people’s stories and experiences, with the ongoing aim of inspiring, engaging and transforming communities. The company is particularly interested in new writing.

Forest Forge is committed to making theatre accessible by touring work directly into people’s communities, to a variety of venues and working with a range of people through bespoke projects and workshops.

Forest Forge makes theatre performances and workshops that sometimes challenge and are sometimes unexpected, but always inspiring.

The company is based in Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest and has been touring work for over 30 years.

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Making Language Visual - Kaite O"Reilly blog on Woman of Flowers

Turning written text into visual, physical language – transforming words on the page into signs and gestures that take flight….  I love working with Jean St Clair. In her London apartment this week, I worked with her and Sophie Stone, transforming written text from my new play Woman of Flowers into flowing, beautiful visual language.

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Woman of Flowers read through

We have had the first read through of Woman of Flowers to a small invited audience.  It was great for the creative team to hear the piece out loud and to have ideas from the actors in the room.  Here are some pictures of the day: 

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Woman of Flowers Grant success

Forest Forge are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant from the Arts Council in order to tour Woman of Flowers by Kaite O'Reilly in the autumn of this year. The company put a call out a few months ago to our supporters in order to raise some match funding in order to support this application. We were delighted with the response and amazed by the generosity of the 135 people who gave us £13,741 in a week. Thank you so much- we couldn't have done it without you. The next step in the project is a rehearsed reading on the 27th June at 6pm at Salisbury Playhouse. We will then go into rehearsals on the 26th August and the show opens on the 17th September and will tour until the 1st November. So look out for Woman of Flowers coming to a venue near you!

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The Director's Blog

Beginnings

End of the first week and we are still questioning the parameters of the play and what is real and what isn't! Some of the scenes are very intense and there is a weird, entangled feel to the way the family interact with eachother. So the loveliness of the character of Graham is becoming more and more necessary as a ray of hope! We have worked out a movement sequence which suggests a tiny fragment of how these people live each day. This will be done over the sound of a radio trying to find its station and end with the story of an abduction of a child. We have been really excited about putting the music with the signed monologues- a lovely organic process of 2 actors responding to eachother and the music being inspired by the movements of the signing. So looking forward to next week

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