In 2017, Bowler Crab began touring shortened versions of their past productions to schools, festivals, private parties, corporate events and as dining experiences in the form of 'pocket productions'.
Bowler Crab then became the official resident theatre company of The Mermaid Inn following the sell-out performances of the 'pocket productions' of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dining). In the autumn of 2017, BC brought their third project to The Mermaid: Othello, a full-length performance as part of their tour around Kent, Sussex and London.
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The Mermaid Inn
Bowler Crab are pleased to announce our third 'Pocket Production', Romeo & Juliet! Performing at The Mermaid Inn as part of Rye Bay Scallop Week in March!
The greatest love story ever told performed in the 600-year-old Mermaid Inn, believed to have once been visited by Shakespeare’s company! Part general entertainment by professional actors and part open discussion with Shakespearean experts, this shortened piece combines a talk about Shakespeare's famous tragedy with performances of extracts from the play to encourage audiences to discuss how the text can be interpreted in different ways.
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Stephen John (Romeo), Bowler Crab have performed eleven of the Bard’s works on tours around Sussex, Kent and London. Leanne Clark (Juliet) joined the company in 2015 and has since then performed as The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (2015) and Cordelia & The Fool in King Lear (2016), also providing production work for Much Ado About Nothing and Othello (2017). A full version of Romeo & Juliet was first performed by Bowler Crab back in 2014.
In 2017, BC formed a relationship with The Mermaid Inn as a performance venue, following the discovery that suggests Shakespeare's company, The Chamberlain's Men, visited The Mermaid in 1597.
This revelation even made BBC News:
The Mermaid Inn is a truly unique historic building that has stood in Rye for over 600 years! It offers a step back in time, with modern day comforts in a traditional style, friendly service, fine food, wine, local ales and a selection of more than 90 whiskies.