Quirky and Charming Edinburgh Smash Hit comes to Richmond
Friday, Feb 10, 2012
Maison Foo’s Edinburgh smash-hit sell out show, Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin, is continuing its UK tour and visits The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond on Friday 17th February.
Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is a magical topsy-turvy tale for grown-ups that crept from nowhere to become one of the most sought after tickets at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. During the first leg of the tour in Autumn 2011 it was mentioned an unprecedented 5 times in Lyn Gardners Theatre Tips.
‘My surprise hit of the festival...touching and beautifully crafted...deceptively sophisticated and layered work...a little show with a big heart.’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian.
This warm and intriguing tale follows the story of a wall, a floor and a chimney as they search for the forgotten old lady who lives in them and cares for them. Using an inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry it looks at the memories that lie within. With charm, wit and just a touch of pathos, Maison Foo bring to life the imaginative world lurking behind the unkempt door of Number 92 after the decaying house is left to fend for itself.
Maison Foo are proud to have Dementia UK as sponsors of the national tour of Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin.
Barbara Stephens Chief Executive of Dementia UK, said: ‘I’m so pleased that we are working with this marvelous production, it’s such an evocative portrayal of the experience of dementia, combining subtle undertones with raw edges.’
Inspired and haunted by the mysterious ‘missing’ Grandads that they never had the chance to meet, Maison Foo’s Artistic Directors Kathryn Lowe and Bethany Sheldon were driven to create Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin by a common fascination with ideas relating to memory, loss and growing old.
As part of the process of devising the show Maison Foo invited elderly patients from the Royal Derby Hospital to share their stories, and used the resulting tales and memories to create Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin. Taking the concept of playing ‘house’ to an entirely new level, Mrs Benjamin’s story is told from the unusual perspective of her crumbling home.
Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is an accessible piece of visual theatre that engages audience’s imaginations through playful storytelling, clowning and puppetry. The intelligent strong narrative tells a poignant story based on the universal theme of age and growing old.