Barritt, Paul, Andrade, Suzanne and Theatre Company, 1927 (2019) Roots. [Performance]


Stories from a simpler time.

In the night, a thick tangled root had grown from the boys navel, and a tough fleshy root had grown from the girls navel, and these roots were connected to their mothers navel, rooting the three of them together.

They tried to cut the roots. But they could not….

Sitting on a shelf in the British library is an unassuming red book. “The Aarne index” has categorised thousands of folktales, offering a glimpse in to the imaginations of pre industrialised people. 1927’s “roots” is a medley of these rarely told stories.

Tales of tyrannical ogres, magic bird's hearts and very, very fat cats will be brought to life with 1927's signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live score involving Peruvian prayer boxes, donkeys jaws, violins and musical saws.

Roots had its world premiere at Spoleto Festival USA on 24 May 2019.

Created by 1927 Theatre Company
Directed & Written by Suzanne Andrade
Film, Animation & Design by Paul Barritt
Co-Direction: Esme Appleton
Music by Lillian Henley
Associate Direction & Design by Esme Appleton
Costume by Sarah Munro
Assistant Director: Dominic Biddle
Animation Assistant: Anne Rotzek
Composers Assistant: Max Gallagher
Production Manager: Nathan Johnson
Producer: Jo Crowley

Performed by David Insua-Cao, Francesca Simmons, Genevieve Dunne & Philippa Hambly
Storytellers: Carmel McNeil-O’Connor, Daksha Scaramagli, David Appleton, Joan Brooks, Karl Mengs, Kazuko Hohki, Lesley Ewan, Marie James, Nigel Hunt, Pete Brooks, Phil Shaw, Rocky Shahan & Wendy Barritt

A 1927, Edinburgh International Festival, HOME Manchester, Spoleto Festival USA & Théâtre de la Ville Paris co-production
Development supported by The Tolmen Centre Cornwall & Roundhouse
Roots has been supported by funding from Arts Council England through National Lottery & Kent County Council

Venue Details

  1. Roots (World Premiere)
    • Location: Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
    • Dates: 24-28 May 2019

  2. Roots
    • Location: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, UK
    • Dates: 09-25 August 2019

  3. Roots
    • Location: Theatre Royal Margate, Margate, UK
    • Dates: 27 Sept 2019

  4. Roots
    • Location: Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
    • Dates: 03-06 Oct 2019

  5. Roots
    • Location: HOME Manchester, UK
    • Dates: 11-28 Dec 2019

  6. Roots
    • Location: The Old Market, Brighton, UK
    • Dates: 03-19 Jan 2020

  7. Roots
    • Location: Centro De Las Artes, Santiago Chile
    • Dates: 22-25 Jan 2020

Item Type: Performance
Additional Information: EDUCATION PACK
An education pack to accompany the production of Roots is available on request.
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 31164
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Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 09:17
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:38

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