Hi my dear friends, do you like theatre? If you think that everything is possible, read this post about the "Smallest Theatre in the world". It exists and it comes from Essex, Britain. I hope you'll like it!
Hola mis queridos amigos. ¿Os gusta el teatro? Si creéis que todo es posible, os invito a leer esta publicación sobre "El teatro más pequeño del mundo". Existe y viene de Essex, Gran Bretaña.
¡Espero que os guste!
Information from: Speak-Up magazine.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Smallest Theatre in the World started out as a joke in 1971, when English actor Marcel Steiner turned up at rehearsal with his new "Panther" motorcycle and sidecar. This prompted director, actor and comedian Ken Campbell to excalim: "Marcel, that thing is so big you could build a bloody theatre on it!"
A PERFECT HOME
In the space of a week the theatre was built and the two embarked on a tour of the UK, Europe and the US. Early cast members included a young Jim Carter, who now plays the butler in the TV series "Downton Abbey" and the great late Bob Hoskins. After Marcel Steiner's death in 1999, the theatre remained unused for many years, until it was taken over by the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, which restored it with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.
Today the theatre is based in the Essex town of Manningtreem which is probably the smallest town in England!!!
THE SMALLEST THEATRE
David Danzing is a director with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings. This company also runs "the smallest theatre company in the world", which is based in Essex.
So, what is that exactly?
**The Smallest Theatre in the World is a very interesting, peculiar bit of theatre because it sits on the sidecar of a motorbike, and it seats two people, so at first, when you hear about the smallest theatre in the world, you probably think it's a joke, but it is a real theatre and it puts two people inside and all the actors go inside as well, so it's very much a real theatre, but with just two people.
**The idea of the smallest theatre sprang up and it was partly because of a joke. There was a friend of David Danzig who is now dead, and he was rehearsing and went to rehearsals with a motorbike and a sidecar on the motorbike, and when he arrived at rehearsals the director said: "Marcel, that is big enough to be a theatre!".
And that's how the idea was born. So Marcel went off and built the theatre on his motorbike.
THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Of course, having an audience of only two people doesn't make great business sense but the tricky bit about the Smallest Theatre is that you have to entertain a big audience outside while you're still doing the show to the two people inside, and that's where it becomes very funny and very tricky because for the people outside it looks as though they're seeing the backstage where the actors are running around and changing their costumes and getting into all sorts of trouble, and quite often there'll be a joke played on the people inside, and the people outside know what's going to happen to the people inside, and they find that very funny, too.
THE PLAYS THEY PERFORM
The secret of the Smallest Theatre is to do a very big epic play in just 15 minutes in a very, very small space, so that way it becomes very funny, so classic shows are shows like "War and Peace", which is a massive show, but it has to be done very quickly and well edited, and our latest show is "King Kong" because everybody knows the story of King Kong and King Kong is huge, so just getting King Kong into the theatre is very funny.
PRODUCTIONS IN THE FUTURE
The next Smallest Theatre show might be "Jaws" because it's all about people trapped in a small space being attacked by a giant shark and monster!! So that would be very funny, so at the moment, they are thinking about how they'll do "Jaws".
-THE TRICKY BIT: la parte difícil.
-TO RUN: dirigir.
-TO SPRING UP: surgir.
-TO REHEARSE: ensayar.
-COSTUMES: trajes, vestuario.
-GETTING INTO ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE: meterse en toda clase de problemas.
-WELL EDITED: bien montado.
-TO TURN UP: aparecer, llegar.
-TO PROMPT: provocar, dar pie.
HAVE A NICE DAY MY FRIENDS!
SMALL OR BIG, THEATRE IS GREAT!!!