How do you recover from a ‘totally unexpected success’? 1927 Productions’ writer and director Suzanne Andrade recalls how the company learned not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and in the process solidified their signature style, with The Animals and Children took to the Streets, returning to London this month. Time to get booking!
Following in the footsteps of the four-year international touring success of Golem, multi-award winning company 1927 has now revived its smash-hit show The Animals and Children took to the Streets. The production transfers to London’s Lyric Hammersmith from 19 February to 16 March 2019, with a press night on Friday 22 February.
The Animals and Children took to the Streets tells the story of the Bayou Mansions, a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping toms live side-by-side and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Like a giant graphic novel burst into life, 1927 invite the audience on a theatrical journey of startling originality
The Animals and Children took to the Streets is written and directed by Suzanne Andrade and has film, animation and design by Paul Barritt, costumes by Sarah Munro and Esme Appleton and music by Lillian Henley.
The baby & the bathwater
After the totally unexpected success of our first show, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2007), we were given some very wise advice from a dear friend:
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”.
She was suggesting we keep all the elements of our debut show that made it so popular with audiences around the world; The live piano score, the dark humour, the heightened style of acting, and most importantly the interplay between live actor and animation.
The following few months were spent wading around in the quagmire of bad ideas, in an attempt to take 1927 in an entirely different direction, the pressure of creating our second show weighing heavy.
When we put some work in front of an audience, things became a little clearer. They made it quite apparent that what they wanted was not an entirely different show, but everything we established in our debut show.
It took us a while to take our wise friend’s advice on board, but in doing so, we created a charming, creepy and otherworldly little show that feels like a graphic novel burst into life. The characters are original and sympathetic, the environment is utterly absorbing, and the animated cockroaches are truly spellbinding!
Most importantly, we’ve made a unique 1927 world, where anything can happen.
The not throwing the baby out with the bathwater worked and, after premiering at Sydney Opera House, the show went on to tour to 28 countries for three-and-a-half years, including three seasons in London at the National Theatre. Now, after a four-year sleep in which we made another three shows – The Magic Flute, The Krazy Kat Project and Golem – we’re delighted to be breathing new life back into the show as we revive it for another UK and international tour.
Watch: Suzanne on directing
About 1927 Productions
1927 is a multi-award winning Margate and London-based company founded in 2005 by director, writer and performer Suzanne Andrade and animator and illustrator Paul Barritt. Working across theatre and opera, 1927 crafts productions of ambition and scale for audiences and participants in the UK and across the globe. Its work has been seen by over 650,000 people in 35 countries, across five continents.
Central to 1927’s vision is the exploration of the relationship between live performer and animation in pursuit of creating dynamic and innovative live performance. 1927’s hybrid work combines spoken word, film, music, song, movement and hand-made animation and aims to make these disparate elements work in a minutely choreographed harmony.
The company also includes associate artist Esme Appleton, composer Lillian Henley and producer Jo Crowley. In 2017, 1927 became an Associate Company of the Roundhouse and HOME Manchester.
The Animals and Children took to the Streets runs from 19 February to 16 March 2019 at the Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London W6 0QL, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinees at 1.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £10-£42. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!