Greetings from Motionhouse HQ!
Where does the time go? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we were preparing to premiere Broken, and here we are 18 months later in the midst of our third UK tour!
As with all our touring shows every time we perform, we create memories. There are the memories you take away from the show as our amazing audience, the memories created on stage as we take you on a journey underground, and then there are the memories made as we tour the show around the UK and Europe (for tour dates click here). We’ve already experienced some amazing moments so far this year and we wanted to share with you some of the very best… enjoy!
1. Benson bounces back
Dancer Claire Benson is a well known Motionhouse face – she’s been with the company since 2008 and worked on the creation and performance of most of our current touring repertoire, including Scattered, Traction, Underground, Cascade and Captive. Whilst she worked extensively on the devising process of Broken, she didn’t actually get to perform in the production until January this year after returning to the company following her maternity leave in 2014.
2. Sell out!
It’s a real treat to take Broken back on the road for the third time. Following in the footsteps of the previous tours, we have been enjoying full houses and enthusiastic audiences at our venues across the UK. Two venues even booked us for the second time with the same show – having previously programmed Broken in 2014. We were particularly pleased to be asked back to mac birmingham, where once again we sold out for both dates. We also had a great time working with the talented young students from Birmingham Metropolitan College to create a pre-show performance at mac. We’ll also be revisiting the beautiful Jersey Opera House for the second time on June 9 with the show, so if you didn’t catch us the first time – now is your chance!
3. I’ve got a Golden Ticket…
We were delighted to be joined at mac birmingham by our special guests and Golden Ticket holders, Peter and Judith, who enjoyed a backstage tour and a performance of Broken on Wednesday night! They also got to see a section of the show in rehearsal from the wings – Broken is as action-packed behind the scenes as in front. We really do hope you enjoyed your birthday present Judith!
Golden Tickets are available for a minimum donation of £80. Your Golden Ticket gives you exclusive back stage access, signed programmes, a chance to meet the Artistic Director and dancers to discuss the making of the show, a guided tour of the lighting box, a Broken DVD, a Motionhouse hoodie and two tickets to see a performance of Broken at a venue of your choice. Send us a message on Facebook by clicking here if you’d like to take up this fantastic opportunity.
2. Right on Times!
Broken has had some amazing reviews. You can read the full review here of Donald Hutera writing for The Times at Wyvern Theatre.
1. An Audience with…
No show would be complete without our audiences and so far this year we’ve met some truly wonderful people at each venue. Thank you for your support!
That’s all from us for now, but if you have memories to share from any of the dates on the tour, do keep the conversation going over on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
If you haven’t had the chance to see the show yet, we still have a few dates before the tour ends: click here to find out where you can still see us.
Hope to see you at one of the shows!
Lara and the Motionhouse team