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Summer Brings New Tours to Parks & Ports of Call

By • West End
While many theatres dread the summer months and the drop-off in regular visitors drawn outside by the sun, there are at least two companies which relish the season and its outdoor appeal. Both London Bubble (pictured), which specialises in touring parks and woodlands with "walkabout" performances, and Walk the Plank, which operates the country's only touring ship, are mounting new tours this year.

Walk the Plank is already underway with a tour of Moby Dick, which continues until September with ports of call in the Orkney and Shetland islands, the Isle of Man, Whitehaven, Rye, Whitstable, Weymouth, Cardiff, Watchet and Portsmouth.

Deep in the bowels of the ex-ferry, The Fitzcarraldo, four actors play a cast of 30 in the dramatisation of Herman Melville's classic sailors' tale, adapted by Jim Burke and directed by Lee Beagley.

Meanwhile, London Bubble kicks off its tour of parks in and around the capital on 17 July with its adaptation of another epic novel, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Adapted by Farhana Sheikh, Gulliver's Travels is directed by David Baird and designed by Janis Hart with music by Thomas Johnson.

London Bubble's signature performance style combines drama, puppetry, live music and video images. Its new production opens at Valentines Park in Ilford, Essex, and continues until 25 August to Waterlow Park, Brockwell Park, Oxleas Woods, Gunnersbury Park and Dulwich Park.

- by Terri Paddock


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