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Green Ginger presents Rust     

Fresh from the 8th International Figure Theatre Festival in Norway and a triumphant world premiere, Green Ginger is back on home turf with its latest show Rust.

Devised and created by the company, directed by Flick Ferdinando and with original music by Simon Preston, Rust is the tale of two pirate radio stations anchored in the same murky coastal waters. One transmits from an ageing lightship; its arch-rival broadcasts from a submarine lurking just beneath the oil-slicked surface. Something has to give. Or be taken.

Rust is a fast-moving story of truth and treachery, piracy and passion, sex, death and vinyl. Trademarks of Green Ginger's theatremongery - grotesque puppets, animated sets and shiploads of absurd humour - are welded into a dark comic-book vision of low-life on high seas.

Norway's daily national newspaper Dagbladet raved about Rust, remarking on the "superb technique and acting...Green Ginger create pure magic on
stage".

With fans including Terry Gilliam - 'Green Ginger pushes puppetry to the limits, and then disturbingly, a bit further', Green Ginger is an award-winning UK export and is currently celebrating 25 years of touring its brand of lunatic fringe theatre throughout the world in thirteen languages. The company is delighted to present th UK premiere of Rust at the Tobacco Factory.


The Company
Flick Ferdinando (Director)
Flick studied with Nigel Charnock, Mark Murphy, Gerry Flanagan and Improbable Theatre and is Artistic Director of Company F/Z and Mimbre. She
directed The Dirty Nans produced by Chrysalis TV at Edinburgh Fringe, Stretch People for the London International Mime Festival, and co directed Mamaloucos. She is Head of Theatre at The Circus Space, responsible for the theatre programme and the theatrical pedagogy for the BA(Hons) in Circus Arts. Flick recently toured with Peepolykus in Rhinoceros.



Vic Llewellyn (Co-writer and Performer)
Vic trained at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier and his performance credits as an actor and puppeteer include productions for Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light, Theatre Alibi, The Common Players, Public Parts, Theatre West, Show of Strength, Action Transport, Biggerhouse Productions, Gog Theatre, Hexenkessel Dance, The Skull Academy and Kaos Theatre. Vic has co-devised and toured regularly with leading UK street theatre company Desperate Men
performed in the company's Miracle Show throughout Europein the Summer.



Marc Parrett (Co-Designer and Performer)
Marc is a freelance puppet maker and puppeteer. Previous work includes manipulation for Aardman Animations as well as designing and fabricating
for the RSC's Midsummer Night?s Dream. Recently Marc created puppets for Travelling Light's show Cloudland and Bristol Old Vic's productions of
Alice and Clown. Marc is also the artistic director of Stuff and Nonense Theatre Company and he is currently touring with their new show The Breathtaking Story of Dusty the Vacuum Cleaner Boy.



Chris Pirie (Co-writer and Performer)
Chris has co-designed and performed in most of Green Ginger's productions since joining 18 years ago. His freelance work includes puppetry and
consultancy for Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Norwegian National Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), San Francisco
Opera, Teatro Communale di Bologna, Theatre des Alberts (Reunion Island) and Teatro Malic (Barcelona). TV and Film credits include puppetry for BBCtv and Aardman Animations.He is a part-time lecturer in puppet design and manipulation at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.



Simon Preston (MD/Composer)
Simon has created the soundscapes and composed original scores for three of Green Ginger's touring shows, Slaphead (1996), Bambi (2001) and Rust (2005). Until recently he was Resident Community Musician for Penrhys Partnership, working with all sections of the community at Canolfan Rhys in the Welsh Valleys. Simon composed and performed for Earthfall Dance and is Musical Director of leading South Wales samba orchestra Samba Galez and is currently an Arts Development Worker at Southmead Youth Centre in Bristol.



Praise for Green Ginger

'Psychologically astute and caustically comic' New York Times

'The ingenuity is staggering, the unnventionality always poised at the point of freakishness. This is so different from almost anything else you?re
ever likely to see in the theatre...a rare and wonderful thing'
The Guardian
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