Burn The Curtain presents 'The Company of Wolves'

Join Burn the Curtain for an after-dark theatre adventure outdoors at Durlston Country Park this April

‘One beast and only one howls in the woods at night'

The Company of Wolves – Burn The Curtain:  Thursday April 21st, Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd at 7.15pm, Durlston Country Park

22nd April: Rain is minimal, performance will go ahead as scheduled. Wrap up warm

23rd April: Contact Durlston Country Park to book tickets and for up-to-the-minute weather information: 01929 424443

As the days get longer and the nights get warmer - are you looking for a unique theatrical experience? Then look no further that Burn The Curtain who will be performing – The Company of Wolves – at Durlston Country Park.  The show, based on the classic collection of stories written by author Angela Carter, has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and playwright Shiona Morton as a unique and exciting theatrical adventure for runners and walkers. 

Angela Carter's classic collection of stories includes ancient folklore and mythical tales known to us all.  Many of these archetypal characters and stories, including ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and ‘Wolf Alice’, were read to us in childhood as bedtime stories.  Other characters such as, ‘The Werewolf’, came to us in later years as dark, foreboding characters that only emerge in the dark of night!

In these tales of folklore and myth, the central character of Red Riding Hood, lives in a tiny village on the edge of dark and distant mountains.  One night she puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes.   As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run… and the hunt begins.

This April, join Burn the Curtain in their imaginative retelling of this dark and mysterious modern classic.  Joe Hancock (Artistic Director) says, “instead of a tiny village on the edge of distant mountains, our Red Riding Hood will walk and run through your local landscape, where wolves may also hide at night!“ 

On the evenings of Thursday April 21st, Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd at 7.15pm you can join Red Riding Hood and a cast of characters on a journey through the darkness at Durlston Country Park near Swanage. Fiona Fraser-Smith (Producer) says you can “run or walk with us, and help us to sniff out those who have been born feet first, who are hairy on the inside”. 

Activate are also running a competition to win a FREE pair of running trainers and gait analysis courtesy of Running Free – Poole. Everyone who buys a running ticket for the event will be automatically entered into a prize draw. 

Burn The Curtain, are an innovative Devon based outdoor theatre company, who create fun and engaging outdoor promenade shows.   Previous shows have included The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle this highly successful show premiered as part of Exeter’s Ignite Festival and then went on tour around the UK and across the Channel to Brittany, winning a prize at the acclaimed Brighton Festival in 2013.   They are well known for producing inventive shows where the audience become part of the story and the action!

In The Company of Wolves, audiences can choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or to tread carefully along the forest path.  Depending on the path you follow, the trail will be between 2 - 3 miles for walkers and around 4 miles for runners.  Burn The Curtain’s tale will be told along the way, there will be various track options, and you can change or choose your route at several points.   Come prepared for physical activity, either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear, and remember that some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch.   If you have any questions email Red Riding Hood’s Granny – granny@burnthecurtain.co.uk.

And finally, remember stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you!

For further details visit www.burnthecurtain.co.uk

To book tickets via Durlston Country Park call 01929 424443


Written by SammyG
Published on 16th March 2016