THE CASTLE BUILDER by Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet
A hard-rocking, emotional adventure to the outer limits of creativity, and building regulations.
Fri 10 Nov, 8pm (plus post-show talk)
Sat 11 Nov, 8pm (plus post-show gig)
The Undercroft, Serpentine Green, Hampton PE7 8DE
Tickets £11 (£6 student concession)
★★★★ “Funny, educational and most importantly, inspiring.” The Fix
★★★★ “Boisterous and innovative.” The British Theatre Guide
★★★★ “Hilarious, touching and poignant.” Across the Arts
The Castle Builder tells the true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who over 5 years built a castle on a remote headland. The show spirals outwards from personal accounts into tales of other outsider artists who’ve been inspired to build gigantic extraordinary structures, alone, in secret, and without artistic validation from the real world.
Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet re-imagine these stories and tell them with visceral live music, dancing, projection & heart felt storytelling and chewed bread sculptures.
The show also includes the presence of an invited maker/artisan who constructs during the duration of the piece and presents something unique to the audience at the climax of the show.
“It holds its audience, tenderly, in the palm of its hand, lifts us to the stars, then places us gently back down on earth, with a reminder that there’s always time to live better.” Exeunt
“joyful, messy and exuberant” Total Theatre Magazine
Funded by Arts Council England Supported by Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factories Bristol And Pilot Nights.
Kid Carpet/Ed Patrick: Music, Lyrics & Performer
Vic Llewellyn: Text and Performer.
Harvey Williams: Video operator
Bryn Thomas: Choreography.
Directed by: Richie Smith & Emma Williams.
Produced by: Bristol Ferment
Running time: 55 mins no interval
***STOP PRESS** Make a night of it, and save yourself time and hassle, and eat the venue:
On arrival you will be able to order freshly prepared pizza, pasta, salads or sandwiches from the tasty independent caterer SubExpress, then eat them in the front-of-house area. NB. Please give yourself plenty of time to order, receive your delivery and eat - food is not allowed in the performance space.
A cash bar will be available from 1 hour before events, and 30 minutes after the end of each event.
Latecomers may not be admitted to this performance, this is unto the discretion of the venue management. No refunds will be due for latecomers.