The Theatre of Escapades create character based theatre for the Stage, Street, Cabaret and Immersive installations in all manor of spaces. They blur the ideas of audience and performer as you are drawn into their alluring world bursting with exuberant characters and interactive comic fun.
So, come on board as we embark on a whimsical adventure built on imagination, communication and intrigue. Let us transport you...
Nana B and G/ma are sure to liven up any event. These are no ordinary 70 year olds. After a couple of cream teas these Nana's unleash their shell suits, crank up a boom box. You will be sure to fall in love with their dance routines and rapping rhymes. Be wooed by their 'gran master' style. In Little Melton their cream teas do nothing but please! Take a trip with them to the local village fete, taste their fruits and sample their flavors as Nana B and G'Mar put the Jam in Jam Stall...
Nana B- Granny of Ghetto. This batty bootie shaker got's style! She could accompany you to the P.T.A meeting but catch her at the barn dance and we'll see who put the D in Dance floor . Nana B!
G/ma- not only can this O.A.P grow a prize wining marrow. She's got the finest shapes, baddest flow and the rudest get up this side of Little Melton.
The Twiddie Toffs step out for a breath of fresh air, the practical and prepared Margo provides refreshments as they set up camp and waffle the hours away waiting for the hunt to come in. Wotsit, Margo's pedigree chum accompanies them, it's a shame Hettie is allergic! Yes, Hettie is rather sensitive these days, her hunting days no longer in pursuit she is left with a reputation they no longer dare to mention. Lets just say rifles are banned on this gaunt!
Jonglein. When he appears, with intrigue and mysticism you follow. With love that doth stretch to the ends of the earth, Jonglein will warm the coolest heart and tickle even those of a stony disposition. Concoct the mischief of a jester and sprinkle with the innocence of a clown. This juvenile comic character is of wondrous beauty and brings joy and intrigue wherever he may roam.
The Ring Mistress. Ruling with whip and parasol the Russian Ring Mistress is a force not to be reckoned with. She keeps her rag tag circus in line and with Jonglein her pet like play thing (and only ally) by her side we see a steely, mechanical character who is quite the contrast to her side kick take charge. Who trained her? Russia.
Nana’s Jam is a 7 minute stage act building with music, dancing and rapping. Watch as these charming pensioner’s transform into gangster grannies and all in front of the vicar at the village fete!?
Whether you seek a stage act, actors, walkabout characters, theatrical installations, promotional help or entertainment for a special event the Theatre of Escapades will whisk you along on a theatrical spree, entice hijinks and probably make you pee your pants (sorry about that). One thing is for sure; they will leave you wanting more of the exuberant world they live in!
If the acts listed above don't tickle your fancy we also have a range of eccentrics waiting in the wings;
Lucy trained in Theatre at The University of Kent, Canterbury, she went on to complete a Masters in Applied Performance. Lucy has performed in many different genres of theatre throughout her life and has a passion for bringing stories to life. In 2009 Lucy began performing walkabout characters for Theatre of Adventures and Hocus Pocus Theatre and found a real love in the interaction and freedom this gave her. Shortly after this she began to create her own characters and now there is no stopping her. Lucy is also the Artistic director of Seeing Beyond a company that creates multi sensory storytelling performance for children with Profound and Multiple Learning difficulties.
Lili performed in plays throughout her childhood and met Lucy when studying for her BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. Her passion has always been character acting, expressing her many color's through performing is her antidote to 'life'. She has explored and developed improvisational skill through walkabout theatre, within site-specific work and most recently for Hocus Pocus Theatre creating installation and Promenade performances.
Lili has worked within performing arts education for some years in various capacities. Directing and leading workshops at The Maddermarket youth theatre and summer schools, for Music Leader East of England and performing arts centre The Garage.
The Theatre of Escapades was founded in 2011 when Lucy Garland and Lili (Lalita) Kumar reunited after 10 years apart. In discovering a mutual love for Interactive Theatre and a desire to create strange and intriguing characters the pair joined forces under the name The Theatre of Escapades. Inspired, they set to work.
The Hog in Armour, Norwich Sat 16th Nov, 2013, 7.30pm
The Talk, Norwich. 12th Apr 2014
Maui Waui Festival, Suffolk. 5th Sep 2014
The Rumsey Wells 31st Dec 2013
Bo Nanafana Social Club Cabaret Tent @ UEA 50th Anniversary 28th Sep 2013
Norwich Body Art Festival. Open, Norwich 18th Aug 2013
Norwich Body Art Festival. Open. Norwich 18th Aug 2013
Harlequin Fayre, Strumpshaw, Norfolk 10th Aug 2013
Winter Masquerade Ball. Anstey Hall, Cambridge 1st Dec 2012
Madame Jojos' Soho, London. 4th Nov 2012
A secret location in NR2 26th Oct 2012
Hareliquin Fayre 11th Aug 2012
King's Lynn, Norfolk 16th Jul 2012
Playfest 1st Jun 2012
Norfolk and Norwich Festival 27th May 2012
Norwich Arts Centre 28th Apr 2012
Norwich Arts Centre 28th Apr 2012
Carnival, Norwich 20th Apr 2012
No Strings Norwich Puppet Theatre 5th Nov 2011
Walkabout, Norwich Arts Centre 4th Nov 2011
No Strings Boogaloo, Norwich Arts Centre 24th Sep 2011
Sea Change Arts Festival promotion 23rd Sep 2011
Album Launch, Take 5 12th Aug 2011
No Strings Boogaloo, Norwich Arts Centre 23rd Jul 2011
No Strings Cabaret, Norwich Puppet Theatre 17th Jun 2011
Consortium at Sunrise Festival, Sommerset 4th Jun 2011
Norwich Fringe Festival, Art Love World at Norwich Arts Centre 20th May 2011
Val and Bonnie Facebook Page
"I love working with Lucy and Lili, such a joy!"
Harry Trotter, The Daily Gazette.
"Imaginative, highly entertaining, you can see they love what they do"
Farmer Giles, The Farm
"What a couple of sexy crumpets!"