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Italian theatre company TPO bring a 'Mediterranean odyssey' to Juice festival

Youngsters should prepare for an all-encompassing journey which will see them chasing stars from the ocean wave

Award-winning Italian company T.P.O sets out to create an inversive, interactive and personal theatrical experience for all ages with their show, Bleu
Award-winning Italian company T.P.O sets out to create an inversive, interactive and personal theatrical experience for all ages with their show, Bleu

Award-winning Italian troupe TPO set out to create an immersive, interactive and personal theatrical experience for all ages with their enchanting sea-themed show Bleu.

Portraying the adventures of Sailor – a man with a passion for his work so deeply rooted that he changed his name to express it – the production allows the audience to become lost in a deep blue world of discovery and adventure as they experience a truly enveloping Mediterranean odyssey.

The show blends the beauty of that region with poetry, dance and technical magic.

As you leave the port, you will slowly become surrounded by water, with only yourselves and Sailor for company.

The show plays on the theme of celestial navigation, the technique of using the stars to navigate often employed by lost sailors, and this brings an interactive element to the show.

Children will become immersed in the world of Bleu and the story of Sailor through the use of interactive games that are entwined with the environment and story.

Exploring the idea of chasing stars after they seemingly fall to earth every morning, the audience will join Sailor in going from island to island in search of ‘the fallen star’, encountering animals, shells and stones along the way.

Each discovery will act as a springboard for the audience to engage in a range of fun activities. And every game, such as catching sounds with shells, looks to be exciting for young children. TPO promises a central stage space onto which images can be projected, heightening the feelings of wonder and amazement that audiences will feel upon venturing to this simulated Mediterranean playground.

“We’ll let images float and make all the space - 360 degrees - immersive,” say the company.

“In this scenery children, together with two dancers, will be able to interact with images and sounds, so as to live an adventure of discovery of the secret life of the abyss, populated by fish, seaweeds, molluscs or mysterious ancient ruins of disappeared civilizations, still preserved by the sea.” This should all combine to make Bleu an audiovisual treat for children and adults alike and, considering TPO received a vast array of awards including the Premio ETI Stregagatto (the most prestigious Italian prize for children’s theatre) in 1983 and 1999, it seems we are in safe hands.

Bleu will be performed on October 25 and 26 at 11am and 2.30pm at Dance City, St James’s Boulevard, Newcastle. To book tickets call 0191 261 0505 or visit www.dancecity.co.uk

For full details of Juice, which runs from October 24 to November 2, visit www.juicefestival.co.uk

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