The Selfish Giant

by Oscar Wilde

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My own garden is my own garden. Anyone can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.

A full-company, studio version of Oscar Wilde’s timeless tale of selfishness and redemption. Re-told through a combination of drama, dance and percussion.

Featuring the North Wind, a talking tree… and a Giant.


I hope the future brings great things

2015’s certainly been something of a busy year for Blue Apple. Celebrating its 10th birthday, the main company has undertaken two tours (Spring and Autumn - including dates in Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey & London) of Much Ado About Nothing, as well as performing a full company version of the show at Theatre Royal Winchester in July. 

Meanwhile, Blue Apple’s new ‘Special Assignments Company’ has performed an original melodrama, Family on the Frontline, as part of the Mayoral Charity performance at Theatre Royal Winchester, in February, as well as presenting the anarchic tourist walk-about, The Mistrips, as part of Hat Fair, in July. 

It’s lovely to bring the two companies together, in a celebration for Blue Apple’s 2015 Christmas performance. The Selfish Giant and A Christmas Cornucopia. We very much hope that you enjoy the whole programme.

Similarly great to oversee the development of the company to the point where it has become one of the major representatives for disability arts in the South of England. From full company work, such as Arabian Nights; to mainstream touring productions of Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing; to issue based tours like Living Without Fear. All of these productions have received the backing of the Arts Council of England. It is very much to be hoped that this valued and essential support will continue.

I hope the future brings great things.

Peter Clerke
Artistic Director


Cast & Crew

The Narrators - Ros Davies, Katie Appleford, Anna Brisbane, Aaron Pressman, James Benfield, Katy Francis
The Children - David Hunt, Dan Austin, Emma Rabjohn, Jess Falconer,  Jason Kidd, Nick Harris, Daisy Searle, Henry Fuller, Sue Dasher, Emily Walsh, Michelle Pluck
Flower - Alice Peck
Tree - Katie Cole
Cornish Ogre - Chris Pearce
Cornish Ogre’s Wife - Ella Norman
Giant - James Smith
Snow - Polly Troup
Frost - Ryan Nicholas
North Wind - James Elsworthy        
Hail - Andrew Malster
Child - Neil White
The Percussionists - Lawrie Morris, Tommy Jessop, Jocelyn Kirby, Elena Moody, Lucy Parrott, Chanele Sillince, Judith Hughes, Alice Peck, Katy Francis, Polly Troup, Mark Redwood, Ian Andrews. 
All other parts played by members of the company.

Direction & Adaptation - Peter Clerke
Choreography - Caroline Hotchkiss
Percussion - Ian Andrews & Mark Redwood
Design & Production Management - Ben Ward
Costume - Jenni Sundheim
Lighting Design - Joe Price
Assistant Direction - Catherine Gillard
Assistant Stage Management - Michelle Pluck
Music Selection - Louise Sarton
Graphic Design - Richard Williams



Reviews

'Fantastic performance and a privilege to watch.'

'Amazing as usual. Refreshing. Humorous. Inspired.'

‘It’s great how high the expectations are set and how confidence is developed.’

'A total theatre experience.'


Performances

Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December at 7.30pm 2015
The Tower Arts Centre, Winchester