Pins and Needles Productions is an award-winning, female-led theatre firm in Bristol. Primarily based on a powerful Director/Designer partnership between Emma Earle & Zoe Squire, the corporate is well-known for his or her stunning stage diversifications of kids’s literature. This Christmas they are going to be bringing L Frank Baum’s traditional, ‘Oz’ to Tobacco Manufacturing facility Theatres. Emma Windsor caught up with Zoe Squire to search out out extra about this magical manufacturing.
Are you able to inform us extra about you and Pins & Needles Productions?
We create imaginative theatre for all ages and are obsessed with discovering playful methods to inform tales filled with coronary heart, humour and magic. We're well-known for our daring and imaginative diversifications of kids’s books. Our most up-to-date present ‘Oi Frog and Pals!’, produced by Kenny Wax Household Leisure, has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Greatest Household Present 2020. In 2018, we received the UK Theatre award for Greatest Present for Kids and Younger Individuals for ‘Little Mermaid’, co-produced with the Egg, Theatre Royal Bathtub.
We love working as collaboratively as potential, and certainly one of our largest strengths is the varied vary of artists we've got labored with. From actors and animators, composers and lyricists, lighting and sound designers, to motion administrators and projection mappers, we're endlessly amazed by the expertise on the market.
Pins & Needles are bringing a brand new present, ‘Oz’ to Tobacco Manufacturing facility Theatres this December. Are you able to inform us extra in regards to the manufacturing?
We're thrilled to be working with the Tobacco Manufacturing facility this 12 months to deliver to life such an iconic, well-loved story. We’re luck to collaborating with an insanely gifted forged and artistic group and everybody concerned feels a way of accountability to make the method as supportive and constructive as potential, and the need to make one thing significant, magical and memorable for Christmas audiences returning after the occasions of the final couple of years.
Now we have been dreaming of adapting L Frank Baum’s story for some time. Being such a giant followers of the long-lasting movie, nonetheless, this comes an enormous quantity of stress with the variation course of. The place do you honour the unique and the place do you depart? How do you take care of the truth that the MGM traditional is among the most influential movies ever made? Is it potential to have a look at blue gingham with out immediately picturing Judy Garland? However there have been plot factors, characters and themes within the unique e-book that had been left unexplored by the movie. Every time Dorothy encounters a brand new territory, she finds folks being managed, subjugated or manipulated indirectly. This orphan little one pushed by empathy and humanity goes up towards the grownup institution, spearheaded by rogue rulers abusing their energy.
The largest picture for us was the inexperienced goggles you'll be able to see on the present’s poster. Within the e-book, each individual visiting Emerald Metropolis is locked right into a pair of glasses and should put on them day and evening, by order of the Wizard. Dorothy has this revelatory second the place she manages to take away her glasses throughout the metropolis partitions, and discovers that it isn’t really inexperienced or certainly fabricated from emeralds, it’s simply the impact of the obligatory eye put on. While you begin to consider the management concerned on this grand phantasm, the Wizard begins to really feel much less like a doddery previous man behind a curtain, and extra like an Orwellian dictator.
Nevertheless, regardless of new components, we've got been cautious to not take the magic out of ‘Oz’. The manufacturing is jam filled with thrilling visuals and moments – from songs to a lot of completely different types of puppetry, from quirky characters to excessive power motion sequences. We hope there's something for everybody in ‘Oz’.
How is puppetry used within the present?
We use puppetry quite a bit within the manufacturing to assist us populate the world of Oz with strange characters, ranging in all forms of scales and varieties. Zoe designed the puppets however we've got been working with a group of South West puppet-makers to deliver them to life. Throughout the design it was necessary to have a constant, over-arching language that spans the worlds, however every territory additionally has its particular person identification and group, which gave us the license to be extra playful. We additionally wished to arrange a language to breath life into sudden objects and costumes. With out revealing an excessive amount of, our ensemble assist to magically create the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in entrance of the audiences eyes, and our Yellow Brick street takes on many varieties.
What plans or resolutions do you could have for the brand new 12 months?
For anybody within the business it has been an enormous achievement to have gotten by means of the previous 20 months and nonetheless be making work. Nevertheless, taking a step again has given the corporate time to take a very good have a look at the what we provide our audiences, develop thrilling tasks, and discover new avenues and medians which we might not have ventured into had we not had this artistic house. We're excited that stay theatre is again, but additionally really feel there's loads of new issues to be found with how the digital stage can feed into our storytelling and audiences’ experiences. Watch this house!
This Christmas you may as well see our work in three completely different phases throughout the nation. Alongside ‘Oz’ in Bristol, we have fun our 10th years of our adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ ‘Father Christmas’ on the Lyric Hammersmith in London and ‘Oi Frog and Pals!’ shall be beginning its 2022 tour with a Christmas run on the Wales Millennium Centre.
Interview with Emma Windsor
‘Oz’ shall be on the Tobacco Manufacturing facility Theatre in Bristol from 10 Dec – 16 Jan 2022. Discover out extra and e-book tickets on the TFT web site right here. To seek out out extra about Pins and Needles Productions, go to their web site or make amends for all the newest information on Instagram, Fb and Twitter.