Yes – it might be early in 2013 but White has already been back on the road, and once again we have been in France – in lovely Lille this time. We have been performing at Le Grand Bleu for the last week, a dedicated space for young audiences and have had a great time, thanks to the amazing staff at the theatre.
The show has gone down really well and, though this time we have performed it in English, the audiences have given us some lovely comments. A woman stayed behind yesterday to tell us that it was a such a pleasure to share something so special with her child – not surprisingly we thought she was tremendous.
Yesterday we had a bit of time for some sightseeing so we went on a bus trip round the city and took in the sights. It really is a beautiful city. A great mixture of old and new with a bit of Dutch and Belgian influence thrown in as well. In true French style we have been treated to some delicious food on our various night time excursions. And we have been suitably impressed at the culinary efforts that the staff brought for their lunches, in the theatre kitchen – though sugar in the yogurt was a new one on us. Sadly we only managed to assemble a cheese and ham baguette each lunchtime.
We even shared an aperitif on our last night at the hotel, courtesy of Dominic the hotel receptionist in the lobby. Think more Best Western lobby than the Savoy but it was a lovely continuation of the friendly Lille hospitality we have experienced while we have been here.
We are now en route to Denmark where we will be touring the country for the next 3 weeks. At the start of our journey Wrinkle has managed to sleep through a whole country – I’m sure it was no comment on what Belgium has to offer. Suzie and myself were suitably alert throughout.
So it’s an Au revoir France and Hej Denmark
This picture was drawn by our suprememly talented Ian Cameron (Wrinkle) it’s a snow-covered image of the port as we left Dover.
It's nice to see that White still has a place in the billboards outside the New Victory Theater. We had such a great time there.
A great review in todays Herald. Sophie Kindreich says
"The themes will resonate regardless of your age, striking a chord with children experiencing the same thing, or evoking bitter memories for those whose past is tainted with childhood betrayal."
Pondlife has had another 5* review - this time from Fest. Yasmin Sulaiman says
" no matter what age you are, it’s emotional, uplifting and completely unforgettable."
Read the full review here
Another lovely review for Pondlife in The Metro today calls the show an "enchanting coming of age tale" ****
White has been nominated for a Helpmann Award in Sydney. It is nominated for Best Presentation for Children. We are thrilled. The awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House where White played for a week as part of a six week tour of Australia and New Zealand. The awards are on September 24th.
A lovely review for the show in Broadway Baby
"This show is a masterpiece for children and adults alike." *****
Heather Doughty, Broadway Baby
More lovely reviews for Pondlife
"...children’s theatre to be enjoyed by all ages" (Full Review)
Anna Millar, The Arts Journal
"...this memorable emotionally charged piece...adds lustre to Catherine Wheels' reputation."(Full Review)
Brian G. Cooper, The Stage
"The very model of audience-capturing storytelling" ****
Gerald Berkowitz, Theatre Guide London
A lovely review of Pondlife in the Public Reviews.
"This is what theatre is all about, perfect performance, perfect direction and ultimately perfect storytelling." John Roberts, The Public Reviews
Read the full review here
Catherine Wheels got this lovely comment through from an audience member of White
Went to see White this afternoon and LOVED it, we all did from my 2.5 yr old to her grandparents! I just wanted to share how she described it to her daddy later...
Isla describing the play to daddy...there was lots and lots of colours you know, and two funny men in funny hats, and a dog coming out of the tent, white white white white, he was still knitting there and it was night time..........and eggs!