Dracula – A Terrifying Comedy by The Last Baguette theatre company – comes to Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday 26th October at 8pm and is also on tour around Wiltshire
Wiltshire-based theatre company The Last Baguette are collaborating with European colleagues to create a comic adaptation of Dracula in a residency at Pound Arts, Corsham. The company is a group of international theatre performers that met while studying in Paris in 2009, at the renowned Jaques Lecoq School Of Mime and Philippe Gaulier Clown School.
“We were students from 8 different countries that knew we wanted to make comedy together. We are inspired by Monty Python, Buster Keaton and vintage horror films” says producer Sidney Robb. After performing in Europe and North America the Last Baguette are now company-in-residence at Pound Arts in Corsham. Sidney, who grew up in Malmesbury, says “Coming back to live and work in Wiltshire is very important for me. I love being part of the strong sense of community here, and I think that art has an important role in making that community.”
After ‘the Baguettes’ returned from working in Paris for 7 years, they created What’s the Matter? A physical comedy about physics in 2015, with support from Arts Council England and Bristol University. Dracula – A Terrying Comedy is a new venture that involves bringing 4 European artists to Wiltshire for three weeks of rehearsals at Pound Arts, followed by a three-week tour around Wiltshire and the South West.
Dracula was first performed in Paris in 2012. Sidney says: “We are really excited to continue working with this iconic Gothic story, and are really grateful for all the support we’ve been given to make this project happen. Having lived abroad, we believe in the importance of cultural exchange, especially at a point where projects like this may become more difficult.”
Russ Tunney, the director of Pound Arts, says: “We are really excited by the ambition to bring high quality theatre with an international element to rural areas”. Pound Arts runs the Rural Arts Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire touring scheme, which allows village halls to host professional performances.
Dracula will be a thrilling comedy performed by a cast of four using shadow puppetry, physical storytelling and dark comedy to tell a story of love, blood and gore that you can really get your teeth into.
Dracula will be a thrilling comedy performed by a cast of four using shadow puppetry, physical storytelling and dark comedy to tell a story of love, blood and gore that you can really get your teeth into. Director Balthazar Gaulier says: “it will be a hilarious, dark and splurting production, mostly in English but with morsels of French and Italian”.
Wiltshire venues include arts centres in Salisbury, Trowbridge, Swindon and Corsham, as well as village halls in Malmesbury, Dilton Marsh, Compton Bassett and Collingbourne Ducis. The company will also be venturing further afield and performing in London for the first time. The project is being supported by Arts Council England, Shipton Mill, The Wallace Curzon Charitable Trust, and Wiltshire Council through the Local Youth Networks.
For a list of all the tour dates see our website: www.thelastbaguette.com