3 & 4 December 2014

7.30pm

Tickets £12/£10 available here

24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool L1 0AN

Welcome to the strangest Christmas party this side of Alpha Centauri. An outlandish band of voyagers long for the perfect world, the Yuletide Paradise. Join their quest at an immersive feast of story, song and tripping the light fantastic.

Taking inspiration from William Morris’s epic poem The Earthly Paradise, The Suitcase Ensemble have created a distinctive Christmas experience incorporating theatre, music, storytelling and partying, all held together with an outlandish science-fiction twist. The audience is invited to join a gathering of voyagers from six worlds as they share stories, create decorations and dance the Intergalactic Yuletide Ceili. It promises to be a completely bizarre but thoroughly entertaining evening with plenty of The Suitcase Ensemble’s trademark surreal humour and striking visuals.

Yuletide Paradise is created by an ensemble of six artists comprising performers Tessa Buddle, Beth Pinches and Maria Malone, musical director and composer Andrew Gledhill, and designers Alex Herring and Jonathan Fretwell. Additional artistic support comes from Gareth Brierley, Bernadette Russell and Jessica Worrall from The People Show – the UK’s longest running devising company who in fact inspired The Suitcase Ensemble to set up back in 2008.

Yuletide Paradise is the company’s first touring production in 3 years, and follows their previous hits Clunk (2010) and Look at us Now (2011). More recently The Suitcase Ensemble has developed a reputation for ambitious site-specific productions, finding success with 2013’sCastlefields of Dreams – the historical fantasy performed in Halton Castle, and this August’s carnival event Spring Heeled Jack in Everton Park. The interactive, immersive sensibilities developed through this work have found their way into Yuletide Paradise, making it an exciting departure from previous company performances which have been more traditionally staged.

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24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool L1 0AN