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Started by Verdigris on Jun 4, 2021 7:24:46 PM
Knee High are no more

I feel very sad this brilliant theatre company has finally thrown in the towel.

I'm not a huge culture vulture but I have some great memories of their productions.

Verdigris - 04 Jun 2021 19:29:05 (#1 of 15)

I particularly remember an outdoor production of Midsummer Night's Dream in the grounds of my, then, local council headquarters. Right as the final lines were spoken a full moon rose above the trees behind the stage. Absolutely magical.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Jun 2021 19:31:39 (#2 of 15)

Recent changes in artistic leadership raised questions as to whether Kneehigh could sustain their vision going forward. The Trustees and company reflected on a possible new future but concluded that it was better and more responsible to close Kneehigh and ensure an orderly wind down.


TenGorillas - 04 Jun 2021 19:35:15 (#3 of 15)

The Free Word centre has just announced it's closing down too. Another Covid victim.

Verdigris - 04 Jun 2021 19:36:57 (#4 of 15)

From what was said on Front Row, it wasn't a financial problem with Knee High. They'd recently got a quarter of a million pound grant.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Jun 2021 19:37:17 (#5 of 15)

And then shut.

1MELSM - 04 Jun 2021 19:39:18 (#6 of 15)

Verdigris - 04 Jun 2021 19:39:43 (#7 of 15)

I say "got". Probably promised on certain conditions being met. I can't imagine the government handing out great wadges of cash in a suitcase.

yumyum - 04 Jun 2021 19:46:19 (#8 of 15)

Their show The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk was on at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, back in 2016. A play about Mr and Mrs Chagall and it was totally wonderful.

Verdigris - 04 Jun 2021 20:46:50 (#9 of 15)

Another fond memory was a pair of stuck-up sticky-beaks walking out of a Knee High production of The Tempest at the Northcote Theatre in Exeter. They didn't seem to think that KH were sufficiently reverential to The Bard. I'm sure Will would have thought it a hoot.

yumyum - 05 Jun 2021 06:34:41 (#10 of 15)

They often brought their transfers from the Bristol old Viv down here, always so imaginative.

Verdigris - 05 Jun 2021 08:57:53 (#11 of 15)

Well, they were exporting to Bristol and elsewhere, really. I saw their Brief Encounter in Wolverhampton (or was it Walsall? - somewhere where they speak funny, anyway)

carterbrandon - 09 Jun 2021 22:28:59 (#12 of 15)

I'm not sure the Black Country actually would beat Bristol in a speak-funny-off.

Bristol old Viv

Landlady of the theatre pub?

Shadrack22 - 09 Jun 2021 22:38:52 (#13 of 15)

The one production I saw I nearly walked out. It was probably Nights at the Circus or something like that. A theatrical no go area for me, along with Northern Broadsides.

But like any life form going extinct, it is a shame. My brother was a fan of their work.

Verdigris - 09 Jun 2021 23:01:41 (#14 of 15)

I'm so old I've seen performances by their predecessors Footsbarn Theatre.

Snarlygog - 02 Jul 2021 09:43:09 (#15 of 15)

Several of my colleagues were Kneehigh alumni.

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