Curiouser and CuriouserSaturday 12 November 2011 - 18.00-21.00
£5 (includes entry to exhibition and event)
Tate Liverpool 

Supported by Tate Liverpool Members

Produced by Young Tate in collaboration with Cut to the Chase Productions, with creative input from Punchdrunk Enrichment.  Director: Jen Heyes.  Project Manager: Karen Green.

Young Tate is to present a ‘one night only’ immersive theatre event at Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with Liverpool based theatre company Cut to the Chase Productions and with creative input from pioneering immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, through their Enrichment programme.

A response to Tate Liverpool’s Alice in Wonderland exhibition, Curiouser and Curiouser is a darkly playful and absurd experience staged throughout the Tate Liverpool building.  Visitors are invited to journey beyond the exhibition and ‘through the looking glass’, with the gallery and public spaces transformed into Wonderland.  Installation, performance, sound and an original film will draw onlookers in.

The event is full of surprises that the Young Tate team are keen to keep under wraps until the day.  But visitors can expect to be taken out of their comfort zone; they will find characters from the classic stories, but with personalities and characteristics that they might not be so familiar with.  A sleeping Alice, Queen of Hearts and three Mad Hatters, all with different personalities, will feature.    Young Tate member Kiri Binnersley, who is acting a Production Manager for the event, said ‘This is our own take on Alice; it’s not cliché Alice, it’s Alice with a modern twist.  There will be plenty of surprises in store for visitors.  It has been fantastic working with Cut to the Chase and Punchdrunk Enrichment, who have generously shared their experience with the Young Tate team.’

Jen Heyes from Cut to the Chase Productions has worked weekly with Young Tate on this performance and installation work. Pete Higgin, from Punchdrunk Enrichment, has also provided regular input, bringing insights of Punchdrunk’s immersive approach.  Over twelve weekly sessions, they’ve shaped and nurtured the group’s responses to the Alice exhibition.

Visitors are advised to book in advance.  The ticket price includes entry to the exhibition and the event.  The event also coincides with a ‘Mad Hatter weekend’ of activity at venues across the Albert Dock.  For more information, visit www.albertdock.com.

Notes to Editor

Young Tate

Young Tate is a youth art initiative run by and for young creatives, giving everyone the opportunity to reach their own conclusions about art.  Each of Tate’s galleries has a group of local members who meet to organise events and collaborate on all kinds of interventions, discussions and long-term projects.

For more information visit www.tate.org.uk/youngtate

Cut to the Chase Productions

Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Jen Heyes, Cut to the Chase is building a global reputation for conceiving and creating groundbreaking projects, specialising in site-specific theatre. In addition to working with highly experienced and established performers and practitioners, Cut to the Chase brings new writers and artists to the attention of audiences.  Their award winning education and outreach branch uses multimedia, live music, shifting perspectives and epic concepts to build strong networks and partnerships across cities and boundaries.

Jen Heyes is a freelance director with an international portfolio of productions.  She has directed Lesley Garrett for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, actress Cathy Tyson and world famous Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin.

Punchdrunk Enrichment

The creation and the legacy of the worlds that Punchdrunk makes are transformative for those who participate in their construction and presentation and for those who experience them first hand as audiences. In 2008, Punchdrunk began a groundbreaking experiment in reaching out to children, young people and the wider community with activities that focus on the innate creativity and imagination of the individual.  Punchdrunk Enrichment offers bespoke projects that engage with a range of needs and age groups. 

For more information visit www.punchdrunk.org.uk

Contact

For further information contact Tate Press Office:
Call + 44 (0)20 7887 8730 / 4939 / 4906
Email pressoffice@tate.org.uk
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London SW1P 4RG

Supported by Tate Liverpool Members