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Silent capers with Hippodrome Plus

2nd Jun 2014

Birmingham Hippodrome in association with Open Theatre Company are currently working with staff and students from Queensbury Special School in Erdington to produce Queensbury Capers, a silent slapstick film which will receive its world premiere at The Electric Cinema on 26th June.

The 14 students (aged 16-19 years) have been working with slapstick practitioner Emma Bennett and filmmaker James Reider to develop their skills in slapstick comedy, one of the oldest forms of physical comedy. Workshops have also included physical, visual and non-verbal theatre.
 
Part of the Hippodrome's schools initiative Hippodrome Plus, Queensbury Capers tells the story of two robbers and a mystery man plotting a robbery using a bomb in a box. When two boxes are mixed up by two hapless students, confusion rains down and the mystery man gets more than egg on his face...
 
Richard Hayhow, director of Open Theatre Company with 25 years experience of creating theatre with people with learning disabilities, says: 'Slapstick is one of the hardest art forms to perform, requiring great timing, physical prowess and skilful interaction with other performers. The group have shown an extraordinary ability to express physically with their bodies and faces – true silent movie stars in the making.'  
 
Queensbury Capers will receive its first ever screening on Thursday 26th June at 11.30am at The Electric Cinema and will be attended by families, staff and students.
 
Silent capers with Hippodrome Plus
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