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Our Current Season
By Dinos Aristidou
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"Listen to the gnomes. They'd tell you how to live if only you'd listen".
Find out about what happened in Bloom:
Once you have seen Bloom, please take a few moments to complete our questionnaire. It really helps us to plan for the future and report back to our funders. Please return completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOM AUDIENCE QUESTIONNAIRE
If you were part of a Community Group that took part in Bloom we are really interested to hear about your experience. Please complete the participants questionnaire and return it to email@example.com
BLOOM PARTICIPANTS QUESTIONNAIRE
Emily Langley is looking for volunteers. She has mysteriously inherited an English garden watched over by a guerilla gardener who doesn’t share her ideas about how it should look. Now it’s time to open it up and share it with the world, and she needs your help.
Set against the changing backdrop of the last century it reveals the secrets of the Langley family through the passing of the years, changing of the seasons, growth of the garden and gossip from the gnomes. Bloom takes us through a hundred years of garden history, from a plot of land originally created by influential garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, through a Dig For Victory vegetable patch, against a background of Nuclear protests and on to the England of today.
Bloom is an intimate, irreverent theatre experience that will see you enter the garden and watch it grow before your eyes.
This is a performance specially created for your area and by people you know in local community groups, alongside Forest Forge Theatre’s Company’s professional creative team.
Join us to celebrate your community in an English Country Garden.
Unsuitable for children under 7.
Bloom is part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games Inspire programme.
Bloom is a promenade performance, with audience members walking between scenes. We can accommodate people with movement difficulties, but please try to let us know in advance, so we can make your experience the best it can be.
Bloom has been made possible by additional funding from
Cllr Rippon-Swaine, Hampshire County Councillor for Ringwood
Cllr Kyrle, Hampshire County Councillor for Botley and Hedge End
We are pleased to be working with four actors on Bloom.
Theatre includes: Miss Skillon in See How They Run (UK Tour), Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, (UK Tour), Rigoletto and La Forza del Destino (Royal Opera House), Drama at Sea (P&O), Don’t Look Now (UK Tour), First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Mary Mooney in Once a Catholic, Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour, Essence of Ireland (UK Tour), Spirit of the Dance (USA).
Helen has appeared in and choreographed over 20 pantomimes across the UK and this Christmas will be appearing as Witch Hazel in Beauty and the Beast in Newark.
This is Jerry’s debut for Forest Forge.
Theatre Credits include: Vampires (Barons Court), Crave (Camden People’s Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Barons Court), Journey’s End (Courtyard Theatre, London), Round, Round (White Bear), The Curse of Mighty Man (The Space), Pinocchio (Channel Theatre/Tour), Face to Face (Tour), Any Questions (Lewes Arts/Tour).
Film credits include: A Little Death (Rebound), Bad Karma (MJ Pro), Wonder Worker Magician (Bedside Manner), Uncommon Champion (Sci-Fi Channel), Bright Dark Red (Ammolab).
Jerry trained at Central School of Speech and Drama & Middlesex University (BAPA).
Loren trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.
Theatre includes Dick Turpin's Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and UK tour), Sexing The Cherry (Southbank Centre), Hamlet (UK tour), Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak/Brighton Festival), Othello (UK tour), Ur-Hamlet, The Marriage of Medea (Odin Teatret, Denmark/Poland), The Turn of The Screw (UK tour), The Fence (The Wrestling School/Birmingham Rep).
Radio includes Economus Wrecked (Actors of Dionysus/BBC Radio 4).
Film includes the title role in Medea (Dromos Films, to be released in 2013).
Loren will be playing Mrs Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the New Vic this Christmas. She is also a musician and an aerialist.
Lee trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Whilst training he was a winner of The Laurence Olivier Bursary Award, awarded by the Society of London Theatre. His credits whilst training include Mosca in Ben Johnson's Volpone and Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Since graduating Lee has worked on a few small theatre jobs including a stint at the National Theatre with Abbie Spallen's new play 'BOGWOG'. On screen he most recently appeared in Paddy Considine's debut feature film 'TYRANNOSAUR' which picked up several awards at Cannes film festival last year.
30th September 2012
Review on Bloom
Fabulous, fresh and frivolous.
No, Iím not describing an exciting new brand of super-techno air freshener. Iím referring to Bloom: a fun, yet metaphoric and thought provoking play about an ever-changing garden and the story of those who loved it.
How often do you find an entertaining, universal, and intelligent performance that has complementary elements of audience participation? Seldom, I hear you say. Well Bloom is one of those few-and-far-between shows where you can find just that.
Moreover the capturing story flows excellently through different time eras from pre World War One right up to the present day. And as the story moves on, so will you. Shifting through four different time periods you walk to different settings to experience each scene and unstitch the saga of the family and the garden.
An added feature to this already dynamic and dramatic play is the musical aspect. Throughout the story neatly interwoven songs relative to the mood and time period are performed. The diverse actors play a number of instruments, as well as singing, using physical theatre and dance to enhance the experience. Although Bloom is not at all a characteristic musical, the unique compositions very much add to the whole performance, and atmosphere of the show.
Overall Bloom was an enjoyable, unique and well crafted story. With its concoction of witty and serious moments, and interesting characters itís a thoroughly novel production. You wonít understand how great it is until you see it!
Lastly Iíd just like to express: Roses are red and violets are blue if you like a good story then Bloomís the one for you.
The Jones Family
20th September 2012
Thank you Forest Forge for yet another fantastic, quality production! It is such a treat and privilege to have a theatre company of your calibre on our doorstep. Having said that we are always happy to travel travel further afield to see your productions as they are always beautifully written and directed bringing together a wonderful fusion of drama and music and, in more recent productions, dance. Bloom was no exception. We were engaged from the off and delighted by the intimacy of the play which was performed in different spaces around Greyfriars. The acting, as ever was totally engaging - a real treat - and it was wonderful too to see faces we recognised in the fabulous contributions made by four local community groups including FF's very own youth theatre group! Well done all! Bloom really is a beautifully crafted, powerfully acted production and if you haven't yet seen it - treat yourself!
4th September 2012
The first night was truly inspiring and I felt I was digging my way into the secret garden. even my sceptical husband enjoyed it!