JACKIE THE BABOON
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £8
Jackie the Baboon tells the true story of a baboon who is taken to war as a mascot by the 3rd South African Infantry. Jackie is given a uniform and serves in the trenches of the Great War where he encounters humanity at its best and worst. Taking a unique viewpoint on the war, this scratch performance features innovative puppetry, hope and heartbreak.
The play has been commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey in association with Jersey Festival of Words as part of the Island’s commemorations of the Great War. Following this performance the play will be further developed for full production in 2019.
Brunskill and Grimes is a collaboration between Andy Brunskill and Jimmy Grimes working across theatre, parades, events, film, TV and veterinary research. They make work with animals as the starting point for narrative. Their work is devised and always has at least one puppet at the centre of their stories. They like strong visuals, epic music and work which everyone can enjoy.
Andy and Jimmy cemented their relationship working as Associate Director and Puppet Director of War Horse in the West End and since then have created work for venues including the Young Vic, Orange Tree Theatre and the egg at Theatre Royal Bath and created parades for companies including Longleat Safari Park and Meadowhall Shopping Centre. They like to develop work of all sorts of scale and ambition and when they’re not making a show are researching and developing a number of projects and ideas. When working together, Andy directs and writes and Jimmy designs and directs the puppetry. They make their shows through a long, collaborative approach with designers, composers, academics, actors, puppeteers and a whole range of artists through their unique process. They also like working with new people and frequently train actors and puppeteers.
The scratch performance of Jackie the Baboon will be introduced by Director of ArtHouse Jersey Tom Dingle.
JIBE AND JOKE: A CELEBRATION OF THE GENIUS OF W. S. GILBERT
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 17.30 / £5
Members of the Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan Society and friends will provide sixty minutes of sparkling entertainment from the pen of the doyen of librettists.
W. S. Gilbert is chiefly recognised for his collaboration with Arthur Sullivan in a series of comic operas that are known wherever the English language is spoken. However, he was already known in Victorian England as a journalist, a theatre critic, a cartoonist, a writer of short stories, for his comic verse which appeared in the magazines Fun and Punch, as well as for his plays. For a time he was the leading dramatist of the day until first Wilde and then Shaw assumed that mantle.
Besides his writings, Gilbert was also in the forefront of the development of stage direction on which he had decided views. As a result of his efforts and those of others, going to the theatre became a respectable form of entertainment at which significant improvements in styles of acting could be enjoyed.
The Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan Society was formed in 1980 with the expressed intention of performing the works of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. In the intervening years, the Society has performed concerts and all the operas written by the famous pair with the exception of the very first, Thespis, for which the music was lost soon after its initial run. Not to be thwarted however, one chorus for which both words and music are held was performed in the Society’s recent series of Concerts, Gilbert and Sullivan Go East and West.
The Society has over fifty members and has presented a costumed production at the Jersey Opera House more or less annually since its formation.