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Comedy show about the stages of life

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 29, 2013

Seven Ages at Calton Live & Local Seven Ages will be in Calton this weekend as part of the Live & Local series.

Seven Ages at Calton Live & Local Seven Ages will be in Calton this weekend as part of the Live & Local series.

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A COMEDY show which garnered five-star reviews during a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe is coming to the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Seven Ages, a Kepow Theatre Company production, explores the seven stages in life from infancy through falling in love to old age.

The improvised play, which is billed as both touching and funny, stars Kevin Tomlinson and Abi Hood, whose characters ponder big questions like: 'why am I here?' And: 'what's important in my life?'

Mr Tomlinson is one of the UK's leading experts on masks and improvisation. In 1991 he teamed up with Paul Jenkins to launch Kepow Theatre Company which is now Britain's leading improvisation and mask theatre group.

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Mr Tomlinson said: "At the Edinburgh Festival, various international producers came to see our show, liked it and have subsequently paid for us to tour abroad.

"Luckily, as the show is about human relationships, people from other cultures still 'get it' and can relate to the themes that emerge: the need for love, how dreams can come true, how fact is often stranger than fiction and other such topics, that often come up.

"Comedy is our main strength, especially, improvised comedy, character-based comedy and story-based comedy. We are big fans of Roald Dahl, Morecombe and Wise, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Alec Guiness and the author Graham Greene.

"We also specialise in mask work – half-mask work, in particular – which means the wearer is free to talk and create verbal comedy, as well as physical comedy.

"Before the show starts, we sometimes give people in the audience a chance to write a song lyric on a piece of paper and then collect them up and use them in the show: as our character's thoughts and feelings.

"That often proves a very popular game with the audience, as they wait for their song lyric to catch us out or throw us off course."

Insightful and humorous, Seven Ages will be at Calton St Mary's Memorial Hall on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the event are £8, £7.50 for concessions and £6 for children; and are available by calling 01538 308619.

The show, which is being brought to Calton by the Live and Local rural arts scheme, is suitable for children aged six or older and doors open for the event at 7pm.

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