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We are so looking forward to welcoming you back to Half House Farm in 2021, it has been so empty without you! After over a year away from the stage, almost two years since a Half House performance and several cancelled projects in 2020, BC finally return.
This summer Artistic Director Stephen John brings you a BC production like no other:
TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE BUT WILL BE ON SALE AND AVAILABLE FROM 7PM AT HALF HOUSE FARM, THE PERFORMANCE BEGINNING AT 7.30PM.
WE HAVE TICKETS AVAILABLE AND THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS GOING AHEAD WHATEVER THE WEATHER, REST ASSURED.
One man, one Bard, 20 speeches, 20 circles, 20 questions. Performed outdoors at the C16th Half House Farm in Three Oaks, Hastings, this is a one man show that explores Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Bowler Crab’s Artistic Director, Stephen John answers twenty questions, the most prominent being “Why Will?”. In an effort to answer why BC are a Shakespeare only company, Stephen presents his case to twenty socially distanced circles with twenty speeches from his eight years of running his Theatre Company. Presented in two 45 minute acts, Stephen performs as characters from Shakespeare’s finest works: from Hamlet to Benedick, to Romeo to Bottom, to Caesar to Jaques. Tragedy and comedy lace this charismatic and personal performance as Stephen fights, feasts, frights, fakes and falls about laughing in every effort to share his passion for Shakespeare.
From launch, "Why Will" has always been planned as socially distanced regardless of the lifting of restrictions, staying within the guidelines that were put in place in May.
We aren't socially distancing because we have to, we're socially distancing because we want to; we want all our playgoers to feel safe and so a new auditorium layout will be used at Half House Farm. You will be booking a ticket for a circular space rather than the usual per person system. Hay bales will be provided in the circles but your own lawn furniture or picnic blankets are also welcomed. Small circles seating up to two have a 2m diameter; large circles seating up to four have a 3m diameter; all circles are 1.5m distance away from their neighbours. Limited attendance is guaranteed for further reassurance of safety and as such we urge you to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are free programmes with every ticket; we will not be running a bar but you are welcome to bring food and drink; safe toilet facilities will be available. If you are booking alone for a single space, please contact the box office on: 07801 893115 for a specific custom booking. Running times: first half 1h15m, interval 15m, second half 1h15m. Evenings Thursday-Saturday: 7.30pm-10.15pm, Sunday matinees: 3pm- 5.45pm
Well that's us officially bowled over and overwhelmed with praise ... thank you all, we've never had so much feedback after an opening weekend!
Stephen needs your help. To texture the show, he's answering questions that often come up when discussing Bowler Crab and we'd love to hear some of yours. Please send in a question you'd like to ask and it may well end up in the show as he'll be picking 19 questions (the first of course being Why Will).
The question can be about Shakespeare, his life, the plays, Stephen himself or just about Bowler Crab. Just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org now or follow the link below to our handy contact form and your question could feature in the show!