Welcome to REEL Adventures, bringing the Adventures to you.
Take a look through REEL Adventures to find activities suitable for the whole family; exclusive behind-the-scenes content from all our shows; and rarely seen treasures from New Adventures history.
As part of this digital programme, we also opened up our company class for the first time ever and spotlighted some of the incredible Dance Artists and company dancers that led these sessions - you can find the recordings of these classes in the link at the end of this page.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has generously supported us during this time. Your donations are not only enabling us to continue to deliver our pioneering education and outreach programmes, support our dancers and engage with new audiences, but are also protecting our future for when we return to the stage. We are so grateful, thank you.
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Rachel Johnston, REEL Adventures Audience
On the Small Screen
New Adventures productions, in your home.
We've loved sharing our productions with you on the small screen, and thank you for all of your amazing responses and comments. So we're thrilled to announce that for the first time ever four of our New Adventures titles will be available to rent and purchase for digital download. This means that you’ll be able to access all of the titles from our ‘Festival of Classics’ including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and The Car Man with the added bonus of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.
What's even better is that these films will be available internationally, meaning all of our friends from across the globe can enjoy our Award-winning productions from the comfort of your own homes.
Grab your snacks and let us sweep you off your feet, we’re bringing the Adventures to you.
“It’s important, now more than ever, that we stay connected with each other whilst we navigate what is an incredibly challenging time for us all. We have always endeavoured to bring our productions to a wider audience through collaborations with Sky Arts and More2Screen. At a time when none of us are able to enjoy a live performance at our local theatre we’re delighted to be able to reach audiences through their TV. Huge thanks go to Sky Arts and all those involved in creating these films for making this possible at such short notice.”
Lynn Coyle, REEL Adventures Audience
The Many Ways to Watch Our Shows
Interview with Matthew Bourne & Christopher Hampson on Highland Fling
"Highland Fling holds a very special place in our history as a company. It was premiered in 1994 between the creation of Nutcracker! in 1992 and Swan Lake in 1995. It bridges the gap between the old bijou company that toured the country in small and mid-scale venues and the large scale touring company that we know today! It is the 2nd of my adaptations of classic ballets ( based on La Sylphide of course) and the first time that I got to work with the man that became synonymous with the New Adventures style, Lez Brotherston. A further piece of “Adventures” history was made one night at the Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells when the young Royal Ballet dancer, Adam Cooper, came to see Highland Fling with his now wife, Sarah Wildor. They loved the show so much that Adam made it known though our mutual friend, Iain Webb ( now Artistic Director of The Sarasota Ballet) that he would love to work with me.... and there in that moment the idea for asking Adam to play The Swan in my next piece was formed... the rest, as they say, is history!
In fact you can see the genesis of much of Swan Lake in Highland Fling? Not just Lez’s design but the idea of a quirky contemporary first act but also the idea of a fully danced through “white act” with Sylphs rather than swans. It also features a male leading man searching for an out of reach ideal.... a spiritual mate as it were? One other thing that was new in Highland Fling was it’s surprisingly moving, even shocking, ending. I remember loving the new feeling of making an audience cry as much as I did making them laugh.... and that has been the case ever since! Maybe the piece with the oddest history in our rep, it has played at The Place Theatre at a Gala attended by Prince Andrew, a Japanese tour starring Will Kemp and a West End run at the Donmar Warehouse where the audience were treated to a close up view of Scott Ambler’s kilt flying up with nothing but a tight flesh coloured jock-strap underneath!
It’s unusual history continued when it became the first of my pieces to be given to another company to perform for a period of time in their repertory. Christopher Hampson was already a good friend of New Adventures as a teacher when he applied to become Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and asked me if he could bring Highland Fling into their rep if he got the job. It seemed like a no-brainer with the piece being set in Glasgow, home to Scottish Ballet, and I readily agreed! The fine dancers of Scottish Ballet have done the piece proud now over several seasons (including a date at the Mariinsky in St Petersburg!!) but it was this tour to the smaller, unreachable venues in the Scottish Highlands that brought the show back to its touring roots and gave so much pleasure to people who never get to see this kind of work locally. A wonderful initiative by Scottish Ballet that I was very happy to support...."
"When I first decided to apply for the directorship of Scottish Ballet, Matthew was the first person I called. I knew I wanted to present a distinctive repertoire and Highland Fling was the perfect fit for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a love letter to Scotland, but to a Scotland in which it can recognise itself, it’s relevant, biting satire mixed with the tragic love story makes for an amazing performance. The second reason was recognising Matthew’s pivotal input in changing the face of dance and by placing one of his works in the repertoire of a national company was something I believed was missing, so I was absolutely gob-smacked when he agreed I could include it in my plans – I think it got me the job!
Working with Matthew and his team to bring Highland Fling to Scottish Ballet was exhilarating. We committed ourselves to the same artistic process he would use for New Adventures, requiring the dancers to fully invest themselves into the characters they’d play. It helped to change the way we work on other productions too.
When we toured Highland Fling to the ‘Highlands & Islands’ it was amazing to share a full-scale production with these welcoming communities.
Years on from that first ‘ask’, Scottish Ballet remain the only ballet company in the world with permission to present a full-length work from Matthew Bourne! We’re so proud to have Highland Fling in our repertoire and of our relationship with Matthew and New Adventures."
Chris Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
Explore More Vintage Adventures
Get involved in our workshop series for young people.
We are excited to launch a new series of short, fun, educational videos for young people. Resident Artist Paul Smethurst will lead our plucky squad of DanceVenturers on a journey to learn their Physical Phonics, and through our repertoire of New Adventures shows.
In Physical Phonics, during each mission, they will discover a new sound, and hunt down special words that contain that sound. When they follow along with our show-inspired workshops, they will be able to learn some movement from the shows, adapted for all levels. Using movement and music, our DanceVenturers will learn something new, get active and creative, and most of all, have fun!
Perfect for Primary School children but great for all kids young and old, big and small.
And if you missed our Easter Adventures activities for Primary Schoolers, you can still find them over on our YouTube channel.
Join our Resident Dance Artist Paul Smethurst and go on a mission to discover a new sound and hunt down special words that contain this sound - check out the series below!
Episode 1 - 'OO'
Episode 2 - 'OO'
Episode 3 - 'OI'
Episode 3 - 'OY'
Episode 5 - 'AR'
Episode 6 - 'EE'
Episode 7 - 'EA'
Episode 8 - 'OA'
Episode 9 - 'ER'
Episode 10 - 'ER'
Episode 11 - 'UR'
Episode 12 - 'OW'
Join our Resident Dance Artist Paul Smethurst and go on an adventure through the New Adventures repertoire - discover the magic of shows and learn some movement from each production! Check out the series below.
Nutcracker! - Make Your Own Sweetie Character
Nutcracker! - Bouncing Biker Gobstopper Phrase
Swan Lake - Make Your Own Swan
Swan Lake - Cheeky Cygnet Dance
Edward Scissorhands - Learn the BBQ Dance
Early Adventures - Country Garden Dance
Weekends for us are all about having fun, moving and grooving with our fantastic teachers and showcasing a little of that New Adventures storytelling magic!
Get creative with our exercises and tasks, by following our simple steps to devise your own choreography inspired by our shows, and delve into some of the repertoires from your favourite New Adventures productions.
You can even get the whole family involved and join the 100,000 people that have already taken part in our Workshop Weekends. Don't forget to have some fun!
Join us for workshops tailored for all ages and abilities, with a focus on a different New Adventures production each time.
The tasks are aimed at all abilities. Make sure you have enough room to move around you and that you go at your own pace. If you're unsure of how to practice safely, please familiarise yourself with our Health and Safety guidelines.
Get involved in our Workshop Weekend tasks, to go alongside each activity:
Workshop Weekend - Early Adventures task
Workshop Weekend - Play Without Words task
Workshop Weekend - Nutcracker! task
Workshop Weekend - Highland Fling task
Workshop Weekend - Dorian Gray Camera task
Workshop Weekend - Edward Scissorhands BBQ task
Workshop Weekend - Lord of the Flies task
Workshop Weekend - Sleeping Beauty Zodiac task
Workshop Weekend - The Red Shoes Beach Ballet task
Workshop Weekend - The Car Man Beatniks task
If you missed any of our new series of short, fun, educational videos for young people, head over to our YouTube channel below. Resident Artist Paul Smethurst leads our plucky squad of DanceVenturers on a journey to learn their Physical Phonics, and through our repertoire of New Adventures shows.