Thursday, 26 May 2011

Interview with Mr Stink and The Duchess

Leicester’s set for a smelly treat this May half-term with the world premiere of Mr Stink.
Freelance journalist, Jemma Crowston, caught up with case members Peter Edbrook and Mark Peachey during rehearsals.

Little Britain star David Walliams, will see his award-winning children’s novel come to life with this musical adaptation.
The co-production between KW & NB Ltd and Curve Theatre, Leicester with Hackney Empire and Nottingham Playhouse had its first public dress rehearsal last night (Weds, May 25).

Tweets following the performance said, “if you only see one show this year make sure you see Mr Stink. It’s awesome and great for adults and children alike.”

The show has been adapted and directed by Matthew White (Director of the recent West End productions of Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors and the forthcoming production of Top Hat) with music composed by Matt Brind (Musical Director for Legally Blonde and Conductor and Orchestrator for John Barrowman’s latest album).

Chloe doesn’t like school very much. She isn’t as cool as the other kids, no iPhone, no DS and no friends. Then she meets Mr Stink – the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her, including her mother who wants to be the local MP and is trying to rid the streets of its homeless. About to lose her only friend, Chloe finds Mr Stink a secret hiding place…but is there more to him than meets the nose?

“It’s an absolutely charming play for all the family”, said Peter Edbrook who plays Mr Stink.

Rehearsal photo: Peter Edbrook (Mr Stink)

Edbrook, who lives in Chester, is well-known for his performances at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre.

Mark Peachey, who plays Mr Stink’s dog – The Duchess, plus Mr Crumb and other parts, lives in Glenfield, Leicestershire.

David Walliams’ smelliest book of all time will include the first ever interactive scratch ‘n’ sniff family show! Each audience member will be given a free scratch ‘n’ sniff booklet bringing Mr Stink pungently to life.

“We tested the scratch ‘n’ sniff books out at a school. Children’s reactions are huge so it was great fun to see them laughing or squirming depending if it was a horrible smell or a nice one”, said Peachey.

The musical comedy has a five star cast and there is some puppetry including The Duchess, Mr Stink’s dog.

Rehearsal phot: Mark Peachey (The Duchess)

Peachey said, “I’ve never done puppetry before so this was something completely new. I had training from Toby Olié who is truly fantastic at what he does.

“The main tips I’ve took from him is to remember the breathing and watch your eye line. His work makes you almost forget that the puppets aren’t real.”
Olié’s most famous work is in a production called War Horse.

Mr Stink is suitable for children aged 7+ and their families. The show will kick start the Spark Children’s Arts Festival programme at Curve.
A special Curve Ball will open the show’s first night on May 26. Two schools working on the Creative Exchanges project with Curve have created an installation and musical feast to entertain the audiences from 5pm.

The Mighty Creatives, the young people’s creative development agency for the East Midlands, who deliver the Creative Exchange project as part of the Government’s flagship learning programme Creative Partnerships.

The show also lends itself perfectly to schools audiences. Ideal for key stage 2-3 PSHE – Education Pack available on request.
Following its world premiere at Curve with previews from 26 May, Mr Stink will embark on a major National tour between May and December 2011.

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