*The Saturday 3rd December 2pm show will be a relaxed performance. Please let us know at the time of booking if a wheelchair space is required.
You are invited to the Piddle under Puddle annual Christmas party! Everyone will be there. Well nearly everyone… Otto would like to go, but he’s just too shy. Then one day a robin flies in through Otto’s window and changes his life forever.
It is winter time and cold enough to snow. Otto lives at the edge of the Dorset village of Piddle under Puddle. He’s been invited to the annual Christmas party hosted by the chatty baker, and old school friend, Maggie. It isn’t that he doesn’t want to go, it’s just that he is very shy. He has decided to stay home on his own not talking to anyone, but one day a cheeky robin arrives and gradually a friendship develops which sees them singing duets and drinking tea together. When the robin goes Otto realises how lonely he has become and how he must be brave and step outside and make friends.
“Angel Exit… is weaving stories with more than a little theatrical magic… There is so much vivid theatricality and inventiveness at work here.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Why not join Otto and Maggie on stage after the show for an extra 40 minutes of partying! Find out more here.
The show features a beautiful hand made puppet (by Polly Beestone), an original soundtrack and songs played by Otto on his banjo (composed by Angel Exit regular Tom Ball), and stunning design by Sarah Dicks (AUB graduate, The Ballad of Martha Brown, Cirque Bijou, Battle for the Winds). Otto is played by Edward Day, and Lynne Forbes, co-artistic Director of Angel Exit Theatre operates the robin and plays Maggie. The show is directed by Tamsin Fessey, co-artistic director of Angel Exit Theatre. During the development stage at Lighthouse, Angel Exit Theatre were joined by children’s book author and illustrator Alexis Deacon (Kate Greenaway nominated, Beegu, Croc and Bird, While you are Sleeping) who helped develop the story.
Otto and the Robin was commissioned by Lighthouse Poole. The production was developed with funding from Arts Council England and support from Dorchester Arts and Marine Theatre’s programme R&D by the Sea.
Formed by graduates of the prestigious Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre, under the artistic direction of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes.
To date Angel Exit have devised, produced and performed six original pieces of theatre, all critically acclaimed. They have very different stories, but what the shows have in common is a strong emphasis on storytelling through physical ensemble theatre, using the European traditions of clown, chorus, melodrama and buffoonery.
Running Time: 60 minutes