Nursery Crymes: a promenade show that pulls down the fourth wall

Nursery Crymes

credit: Niall Walker

Street theatre inspired by the underside of children's tales

Inspired by the moral and malicious subtext of classic children's tales, and featuring a cast of national and local performance stars, Nursery Crymes recalls Mischief La-Bas' epic street theatre events that, as the company's vision statement promises, gently warp the underlay of the fabric of society.

'The name came from the late Ian Smith [the company's co-founder],' says artistic director Angie Dight of the nursery rhyme-inspired event. 'And it's a perfect invitation to play with their dark themes and question innocence and guilt in both historic and contemporary society.' With Liz Aggiss and Dav Bernard (of 85A Collective) involved alongside Tramway's innovative young company Junction 25, the promenade show will take over the area surrounding Glasgow's Britannia Panopticon music hall for a 'mixing up of different art forms, breaking down the fourth wall and the blurring of realities which is at the root of all Mischief La-Bas' work, as well as some humorous irreverence and audience interaction.'

By converting the streets into a home for installations, performances and surprises, Nursery Crymes challenges both the accepted understanding of the stories and the environment. Far more than a dry presentation of routines, Dight recognises the potential of art for changes of perception. 'Performance might be an alternative reality,' she says, 'but the experiences are still real.'

Near Trongate, Glasgow, 24 & 25 Nov.

Nursery Crymes

Audiences are encouraged to wrap up warm for a promenade performance through a specially-created Mother Goose's forest. Ages 14+.