Likely Story Theatre company are currently developing a new telling of the traditional Hans Christian Anderson tale 'Princess and the Pea'. It is shaping up to be something really special. The show is both physical and visual with a strong text written by Kit Lambert. Simon Harris is directing it and there are four fantastic performers.

The story so far: The traditional tale of the Queen and Prince’s search for a “real” Princess, using a humble garden pea, takes place in the background of our story. Our story is set instead in the mud of the Palace Gardens , and the lives of the Royal Gardener’s two daughters, Mary and Sweet-pea. Mary is an ordinary teenager, trying to figure out what she wants from life. Her younger sister Sweet-pea thinks she knows exactly what her big sister needs. With the help of a big imagination, and a very lonely Prince, Sweet-pea sets about trying to turn Mary’s life into a fairy-tale...

After an initial development period and a couple of showings of the work to an audience the company are looking to develop further a couple of specific aspects of the piece. As part of the ensemble the actors create a soundscape for the show using voice, various objects and simple instruments. It is clearly something that can be developed further and has lots of exciting potential within the piece. To help us do this we are looking for a sound designer. We try to create as much of the soundscape live but are also interested in looking at mixing that in with recorded sound. The opportunity for a designer would be to collaborate with us to create a live soundscape for the show. The bad news is that there is no budget for this and no fee. However, it would be a good opportunity to get in early with the company and make a case to work on the show when they secure funding or, at the very least, to work on other shows further down the line.

The date of the development week is the 7th-11th of December. Please get in touch even if you are only available for one or two days. Your ideas and inspiration over the course of one day would be invaluable.

If there are some people interested, I would be happy to talk more to them.

Hazel Anderson

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