FacePlant Theatre are set to bring their family comedy One Duck Down to Vault Festival 2018 this February.
Inspiredbythetruetale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 Rubber Ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm. Jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry; suitable for all ages the show tells the importance of looking after our ocean and fearlessly following your heart.
Following FacePlant Theatre’s hit halloween comedy The Service after its sell-out run at The Old Red Lion, One Duck Down will take audiences of all ages on a hilarious and action packed adventure to scour the 7 seas and make some startling discoveries along the way.
The production sees unlikely but loveable hero Billy venture to the ends of the earth to win the affections of his sweetheart, having been set the tremendous task of finding the elusive nautical treasure... Rubber Ducks?! Soon he is swept up on an ocean clear up adventure that would make David Attenborough proud, spanning from the quaint shores of Pebbleton Village to the icy north pole, from an exotic tropical beach to a floating island made entirely of rubbish. One Duck Down’s set and props are recycled from the lost and found of rubbish both on land and at sea, all to create one eco-friendly family frolic.
Filled with songs and puppets sure to have families bobbing along, Billy’s journey of discovery sees him meet the most unlikely of ocean dwelling creatures. From a rock’n’roll loving Polar Bear to the Pirates in Training, audiences will find themselves singing sea shanties for weeks to come.
Created for the stage by London based theatre company FacePlant Theatre, the show brings together creatives Alice Bounce, Owen Jenkins, Maxwell Tyler and Christa Harris whose recent work includes David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon , immersive whodunnit The Games Afoot, the award-winning 139 Copeland Road, and the critically acclaimed Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie.
ALICE BOUNCE - WRITER AND PERFORMER
Alice (MA physical theatre) began her career in clowning, touring Europe in renowned female vaudeville troupe, The Late Night Shop Cabaret. She has performed in shows Alice’s Adventures Underground as a puppeteer, and Dinner With the Twits, both at the Vaults. She is also an associate director, including the recent immersive show Time portal.
OWEN JENKINS - WRITER AND PERFORMER
Owen graduated from Oxford School of Drama. He has devised and written shows at Pleasance Theatre, and has just finished touring internationally in David Walliams’ First Hippo On The Moon.
Other recent credits include award winning 139 Copeland Road and The Games Afoot. He has often performed at The Vaults, most recently in Goosebumps Alive.
MAXWELL TYLER - WRITER AND PERFORMER
Maxwell trained at Drama Studio London, and has an MA in Film & Literature from the University of York. Theatre credits include work with Les Enfants Terribles ( Alice's Adventures Underground , Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie ); the National Theatre ( King Lear, Man & Superman ); and a variety of family shows ( The Bear, Adventures in Wonderland ). Maxwell has also appeared in EastEnders (BBC) and in seasons 1 & 2 of podcast Wooden Overcoats (Audioscribble).
CHRISTA HARRIS - DIRECTOR
Christa was the recipient of the regional Leverhulme Arts Scholarship for the Birmingham REP with the JMK Trust in 2015. She has undergone director training with Tamasha Developing Artists on their co-production of Blood , as well as being mentored by Michael Buffong (Talawa) for Actorshop’s New Visions. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Birmingham.
Directing credits include Twelfth Night (RSC Open Stages); BRICK (Birmingham REP); Secrets (Hackney Empire); 139 Copeland Road which won a SCAREcon award (Peckham Safehouses); The Streets (Arcola YT) FREAK by Anna Jordan (The Space) with her own company VOLTA and most recently Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery) with Olivier nominated company Les Enfants Terribles and in collaboration with Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot.
Assistant and Associate credits include: The Game’s Afoot and The Sherlock Holmes Experience (Les Enfants Terribles); Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic Theatre; The Stephen Joseph Theatre; The Oldham Coliseum); Only on Sundays, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham REP); A Third (Finborough Theatre).
CATRIONA MACKENZIE - COMPOSER
Cat works primarily as an actor and a singer, and has worked extensively with Les Enfants Terribles and Tall Stories theatre companies. She is also a dep singer for electroswing band Elle and the Pocketbelles, and has performed with them at Glastonbury festival and numerous appearances at The Ritz. She has just started creating vocal arrangements, both for Elle and the Pocketbelles and on a freelance basis, and One Duck Down marks her compositional debut.
FACEPLANT THEATRE - THEATRE COMPANY
This will be the second production from FacePlant Theatre, following their successful sell out run at London’s innovative Old Red Lion of their interactive comedy Horror, The Service . Founders, Alice Bounce, Owen Jenkins, Maxwell Tyler and Lydia Hourihan met whilst touring with Olivier nominated Les Enfants Terribles. United in their passion for original storytelling, clowning, and character driven theatre, they set up the company to share this passion.
Praise for previous work The Service (Old Red Lion)
“Extremely funny, I actually laughed myself hoarse. The Service is about the best fun you can have” 666/666 - Horror Hothouse
“The best show I've seen this year”
Katy Danbury, Artistic director of Old Red Lion
FacePlant Theatre presents One Duck Down
Venue: Cage, The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN, VAULT Festival 2018
Dates: 3, 4, 11,17,18 February 2018, 2.45pm Prices: £8
Running time: 60mins
Tickets available above.