THE BIRCHMOUSE AND THE SHREW
”A lovestory that charms line by line”
TOURING AT THEATRES, KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS!
The Birchmouse and the Shrew is a visually charming childerns performance. The play combines drawing and storytelling in an unique way. The actress operates as a storyteller who live draws the characters and venues – altering between acting the characters and traditional storytelling. The performance is suitable for the whole family- it tells the story of two different mice that can not be friends because they seem different to the leader of the animals, The Muskrat. The Muskrat oppose to their friendship, and the Birchmouse and the Shrew decide to escape. An adventurous journey towards more tolerant venues can begin!
The performance deals with the fundamentals of racism: fear and power. It is a story about friendship that can last through any difficulties, and of love that overcomes all fears.
Premiered: 13.3.2018 (in Swedish) 15.3.2018 (in Finnish)
Running time at full length: 50min
Target audience: 4+
Venue required: 2.5 + 4 + 3 m
No. of people on tour: 2
No. of performers: 1
Languages: can be performed in Finnish, Swedish or Russian
Produced by: Grus Grus Teatteri
Co-produced by: ITU Lastenteatterin ideahautomo, Turku city theatre
TOURING SEASON from May 2018 to May 2021
Used languages: “The Birchmouse and the Shrew” can performed in Finnish or Swedish
Synopsis: The synopsis can be delivered in Swedish or Finnish
Special requirements: We have performed in both intimate and on bigger venues, everything from black box-stages to kindergartens, but the venue needs to be dark- the drawings/projections are not visible in sunlight!
Availability for workshop and educational work: On demand in Finnish, Swedish, Russian or English
KEY PERSONNEL / CREDITS
Directed by: Ville Kurki
Original story written by: Esko-Pekka Tiitinen and Tuula Tiitinen
Dramaturgy: Sofia Molin and Ville Kurki
On stage: Sofia Molin
Pictures by: Sofia Molin
Music by: Kaj Chydenius
Sound design by: Kalle Terästö
producer Marjo Pyykönen
TEASER in Swedish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUiVUt1Dmb4
TEASER in Finnish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwRx8j1tVTg
TECHNICAL RIDER: can be delivered in Swedish/Finnish/English
PHOTOS: Jussi Virkkumaa