Welcome to REEL Adventures, bringing the Adventures to you.
Every day, we will be updating our social channels with 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 will also be opening up our company class for the first time ever and spotlighting some of the incredible Dance Artists and company dancers that will be leading these sessions.
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On the Small Screen
New Adventures productions, in your home.
From the stage to your small screen, our Festival of Classics will be available to rent and download online from Friday 8th May.
We've loved sharing our productions with you these past three weeks, 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 from this Friday. 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.”
Interview with Matthew Bourne on The Car Man - 2001
Welcome to another Vintage Adventures film from the archive. This week we have been celebrating The Car Man as it comes up to its 20th Anniversary on May 16th. Join us for a look back at the original 2000 production of The Car Man, and hear Matthew Bourne’s thoughts on the show all these years later.
"This little film served as an intro to the first film version of the show with the original cast in 2001. That film was made very differently to how we make our films now (as “live” performances) and was shot over 2 weeks at Pinewood Studios with multiple takes and a more “filmic” approach including “interiors” and a different use of space. Its interesting to compare both approaches? The version you will see on Sky Arts this week was filmed live at Sadler's Wells in 2015 and captures the live feeling of a performance as it happens. I think now I favour this approach though I would definitely like the chance to capture one of our other shows in a studio one day if we could film for sufficient time? (maybe Dorian Gray or Play Without Words?)
Its interesting to think back now that The Car Man was originally conceived as a vehicle for the two Broadway stars of Swan Lake, Adam Cooper and Will Kemp who had shared the role of The Swan/Stranger. I wanted to play off their different personalities against each other in the roles of Angelo and Luca (Much inspired by the chalk and cheese brothers in Visconti’s masterwork “Rocco And His Brothers”). But due to some long forgotten reason, Adam ended up not being in the production and the role went to Alan Vincent who had been one of my favourite swans in the Broadway ensemble of the show and who showed great charismatic presence and machismo (in fact he named his character Luca Machina!) Of course Alan made the role his own and its really fun to see some great clips of him in this short film to contrast with the role of Dino that he plays in the 2015 film some 15 years later!
Also here look out for our wonderful Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt as Rita, Saranne Curtin, a big star in many of my earlier shows, as Lana, another of my male “muses” for several important NA shows Will Kemp as Angelo and of course our beloved Scotty Ambler as Dino.
The original sub-title to the show was…. “An Auto-Erotic Thriller” - which i thought (and still think) was rather clever, but there was a concern that it would be a “turn-off” for audiences - I’m not so sure but who knows? Anyway, for later versions we took inspiration from a line from Bette Davis in All About Eve and told audiences to “Fasten your seat-belts” which I also love…… so buckle up and enjoy this short intro to this most popular of shows… and also enjoy the screening on Sunday…."
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 which lead our plucky squad of DanceVenturers on a journey to learn their Physical Phonics.
During each mission, they will discover a new sound, and hunt down special words that contain that sound. Using movement and music, they 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 every Monday and go on a mission to discover a new sound and hunt down special words that contain this sound - check out the series so far 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'
This #WorkshopWeekend, we're stepping back in time to the 1940's and the magical wartime romance of Matthew Bourne's Cinderella- so grab a partner and learn the Midnight Top and Tail sequence from the comfort of your own home!
This creative task is taken from the end of Act Two from the Midnight Section, exploring various ideas of a ticking clock, including the mechanics and actions related to a clock, the pendulum motion and time running out. This is a top and tail task where one person focuses on creating movement for the top half of the body and another person choreographing for the waist down. So grab a partner and get moving!
The task is 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.
Still full of energy? Take a look at our previous Workshop Weekend tasks:
Join us every weekend for workshops tailored for all ages and abilities, with a focus on a different New Adventures production each time.