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NEWS: Goblin Theatre Company goes online with Christmas musical The Ballad of Rudy

Goblin Theatre Company will present its Christmas musical The Ballad of Rudy via live-stream on 27 December 2020 at 3pm from The Crazy Coqs at London’s Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly. The show will also be available to view on demand for 48 hours after the broadcast.

In Goblin’s version, Rudy does not have a red nose; it’s his talent for music that sets him apart from the other Reindeer.

Featuring original songs played live, Rudy’s adventure sees him meeting new friends including a Jazz Penguin, a blues singing Polar Bear, whilst jamming with the Puffins and beat boxing with an Arctic Fox. Rudy’s journey and experiences teach him that life is not about following the herd. It all happens at the North Pole Jazz Lounge and ‘it’s gonna be coooool!’

“Funny and beautiful… dazzling” – The Guardian

The production for children aged 3-plus has been adapted into a smaller storytelling version to fit the Crazy Coqs space. The show was previously staged at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich.

Featuring live music, storytelling and puppetry, this original story has been devised by Matt Borgatti, with composers Mary Erskine, Will Dollard and David Lydon, and is directed by Andrew Barry with design by Katie Scott.

The cast includes Rob Gathercole who starred in the UK tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats; Mia Jerome who has previously worked with Goblin and Punchdrunk Theatre; and Matthew Burns who starred in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse, which won Best Performance Ensemble at the Off-West End Awards 2020.

Writer and Goblin Theatre artistic director Matt Borgatti said:

“We are so pleased to be adapting our show The Ballad of Rudy and have made a special storytelling version for the stunning and jazzy atmosphere of The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel. After a difficult year we want to celebrate with children and adults by sharing the live-stream with audiences all over the world.”

Matt Borgatti [pictured] founded Goblin in 2013. He has been a venue programmer for children’s theatre, a theatre manager and a freelance producer. He has written, developed and directed various family shows that have been performed all around the UK, including at the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Exchange, Manchester and National Theatre. He is a Stage One bursary recipient and was part of the Stage One UK/US Producers Exchange with Columbia University in 2019/2020.

Goblin is establishing itself as one of the leading companies producing new children’s theatre. Created in 2013, the company was created to tell stories that can represent children from all walks of life and open up new cultural experiences.

In 2019 Goblin staged five productions; three UK tours (Hey Diddle Diddle, Jazz Penguin and Emily Rising), and two full-scale runs (Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall and Pinocchio at Cornerstone Didcot).

In 2018 the company toured Hey Diddle, Peter & the Wolf and The Ballad of Rudy at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and The Pied Piper at Cornerstone Didcot. There was a UK tour of Peter & the Wolf in 2017 which included National Theatre’s River Stage Festival, High Tide Festival, Big Imaginations Network and Black Country Touring. The production was nominated for an Off-West End Award for Best Production for Young People.

Picture: Annika Morley

In 2016 Goblin co-produced two productions with Little Angel Theatre: Emily Rising and Let’s Fly. They also staged Penguin! Elephant! and Mr Tiger Goes Wild at the Southbank Centre as part of the Imagine Festival.

The Ballad of Rudy will be live-streamed on 27 December 2020 from The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED at 3pm (duration 45 mins). A live-stream ticket is £8. An audio version of the story will also be released on The Goblin Podcast.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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