Heading to VAULT Festival with kids? In which case, we recommend you put Alf The Highwayman on your family’s must-see list. This award-winning show, bringing an 18th-century adventure story alive, runs for four weekend performances only from Saturday 26 January to Sunday 5 February 2019. Gen up – and then get booking!
Brave Bold Drama and VAULT present Alf The Highwayman, an award-winning devised family show about selfishness, circuses and sentimental value. The play tells the tale of Alf, who has selfishly snatched and grabbed without a care for other people’s feelings since he was a child.
Meet Alf, a selfish child who has grown into a lonely highwayman leading a life of crime on the road. Hiding out in a chilly cave, Alf has a sack full of stolen items that looked really tempting at the time, but have subsequently somehow lost their shine.
Alf watches the road leading from a nearby village. He goes on a thieving spree, stealing toys with sentimental value from two children before meeting his match when he tries to steal a teddy bear from a feisty Grandma who’s having absolutely none of it.
Will Alf change tack and learn there are better ways to play?
With catchy, folksy original music, a brand-new, never-before-told story and lots of exciting ways to join in the playfulness, Alf The Highwayman is a family show for all ages to enjoy together. The performance is followed by interactive playtime with the cast.
As part of the 2019 VAULT Festival, Alf The Highwayman runs from 26 January to 3 February at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Performances (one hour) run at 4.30pm on Saturday 26 January and 3pm on Sunday 27 January, Saturday 2 and Sunday 5 February. Tickets are priced £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Brave Bold Drama
Based in Bristol, Brave Bold Drama was formed in 2013 and makes devised family theatre, original music, intimate pop-up theatre for everyday spaces and street theatre. Previous shows include George and the Flight of the Imaginees – which explores growing up in a single parent family from a child’s perspective – Sticky Ends, D.A.D.S. Party, Hansel and Gretel, Peter Pan, Do Not Disturb and The Paintstripper Monologues.
After Alf The Highwayman, the company’s next show, Wonderland, will open in April 2019. This is a multi-sensory, participatory, intergenerational piece designed to be accessible for all, but particularly for those living with dementia. It is supported by Bristol Ageing Better, Quartet Community Foundation and Bid Clifton.
Gill Simmons, Artistic Director of Brave Bold Drama, has worked in theatre and drama all her life. After gaining an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway in 2001, she became a secondary drama teacher and worked in education until 2013. She established Brave Bold Drama in 2013 and became a freelance drama practitioner, delivering workshops initially in children’s centres, schools and care homes.
In 2015 Brave Bold Drama became a theatre company and has been a registered Community Interest Company since 2017. Gill writes music for the company’s productions and is instrumental in devising new work. She also develops Brave Bold Drama’s community and education outreach. She also works as a composer and musician, working as an Associate Artist for Bath-based Kilter Theatre Company, and is Co-Producer for Soap Soup Theatre Company.
Paul Lawless, Creative Producer of Brave Bold Drama, is an award-winning Actor/ Deviser and Singer based in Bristol who hails from Dorset. He has worked extensively as an actor over the past few years featuring in classical, new writing and devised theatre productions accompanying his facilitation work in Drama & Singing. As a Workshop Facilitator, Paul specialises in devising alongside adults with learning disabilities. In addition to this he also works alongside the European Representative of Rail Events™, as part of the production team which assist in staging ‘The Polar Express™’ Train Ride on railways throughout the UK at Christmas.