Underneath the Floorboards – A balletLORENT and Northern Stage Co-Production

Underneath The Floorboards is a new work from balletLORENT’s award-winning choreographer Liv Lorent. Co-produced by Northern Stage and in association with Gateshead Council, Liv is working with a compelling range of collaborators to create this enchanting production for under 5s with costumes designed and realised by Paul Shriek, story and songs written by Ben Crompton, music and songs composed by Kit Haigh, set designed and realised by Andy Stephenson (of Northern Stage), lighting designed by Matt Britten, and four amazing balletLORENT dancers: Jon Beney, Gavin Clarke, Gwen Berwick and Phillipa White.

Underneath The Floorboards premieres at Northern Stage on 25th January with further performances on the 26th January before the company moves over to Gateshead Old Town for a further three performances on the 27th & 28th January.

Long gone are the days when young children are taken to the theatre by their parents or school to watch a show they’ve been told they might like.  Award winning choreographer Liv Lorent (balletLORENT) and Northern Stage have turned the tables on the whole process by creating a production that puts the young person at the heart of the work.

‘Underneath the Floorboards’ is brimming with original songs, colourful costumes and beautiful movement that allows the children to interact with the performers and storyline.

“There’s currently a lot of good theatre around for this youthful age group but there isn’t so much dance.  Therefore as a company, we want to deliver daytime productions that will captivate our young audience,” said Liv Lorent.

The show has an intimate setting to ensure a comfortable viewing experience for both children and adults; with ‘ease of access’ to encourage the young people to freely interact.  The theatre space will be kitted out with a soft floor, cushions and a seated area.  This approach continues to champion the defined methodology delivered by balletLORENT and Northern Stage intended to entertain and inform this age group.

balletLORENT is an established contemporary dance company based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

For more information, go visit: www.northernstage.co.uk

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