A Q&A with Nathan Curry, Co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet13th February 2023
Belongings is a brand new show from Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree about finding where you belong. Made in collaboration with children in the care system, the show is for anyone who is looking to find where they fit in.
We sat down with Nathan Curry, Co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet, to discuss the new show.
Can you tell us a bit about Tangled Feet and your work?
We are a physical theatre company making image-based theatre that tells important stories with care and humour. We are dedicated to an original practice – making new and surprising pieces of theatre that celebrates the uniqueness of the live event through movement, design and story. We aim to make work that is meaningful to those who make it and those who watch it.
How did the idea for the show come about?
We have always made theatre pieces for children about the more challenging parts of growing up – offering a safe place to explore the anxieties, the confusions and the hard bits. Over the last few years, we’ve made Need a Little Help about being a young carer and Butterflies about growing up with anxiety. For Belongings we’ve teamed up with experts Rowan Tree Dramatherapy to explore growing up in the care system. We’ve worked with six young creative advisors who have helped us explore how children cope with growing up when things are challenging. They’ve helped us find the heart of the story – friendship, resilience and the confidence to find your true self.
The show uses a lot of unique props and set pieces, which one is your favourite?
Probably our lovely big frame on wheels – the actors climb all over it – hang upside down, do tricks, leap from it … all whilst it’s spinning!
What can audiences expect from this new show?
Firstly, it looks beautiful. Our designer Becky-Dee Trevenan has done an incredible job at giving the actors plenty of great pieces to climb, explore and play with. But also the feel of the design explores the themes of the show. The actors are brilliant – they are very funny together and have a great dynamic. Finally, I think people can expect to be moved- to feel things alongside their children and have great conversations afterwards.
Why should people come and see Belongings?
It will be a quality piece of theatre for young audiences. Made with dedication, love and much care. It will look and feel great and the actors will be brilliantly entertaining and it’s about something important that we all need to know about and explore together – how do we support children to grow up when sometimes it’s hard being a child and growing up.
Belongings plays at Polka on Sat 25 & Sun 26 Feb and is recommended for children aged 6-12. Ticket are £10*, with group & family discounts available.
Belongings is included in the Spring/Summer multi-buy**!
*£2.50 transaction fee applies to phone and online bookings. Delivery fees may apply.
** Valid on Band A and Band B seats only. Offer not valid during previews and can not be used in conjunction with another offer.