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May 2017

‘To business that we love we rise betimes 

And go to ’t with delight’  

– Antony & Cleopatra 

Wow!  What can we say?  Over the last few years we’ve been rushed off our feet here at Big Wheel.  But much like Marc Antony, we love our job and we can’t complain! We continue to work across the UK and Europe and have been constantly inspired and thrilled by the audiences we have worked with.

We spent another two weeks enjoying the beautiful Swiss scenery whilst performing at the Festival Delle Lingue in Ticino, delivering Breakfast With Big Wheel  for hundreds of excited teenagers.  Alex, Emma and Elliot all had a brilliant time working with a diverse range of students, and meeting other facilitators from the course, although most of their reports back to BWHQ related to beautiful mountains and delicious pizza!

Our work with The Postal Museum continues as the opening of the brand new museum draws closer.  We’ve been working on projects about Codebreakers in WWII; the Mail Rail that was built under London to transport mail quickly across our busy city, and The Jolly Postman written by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.  We can’t wait to try these workshops out in the new museum when it opens.  Have a look at The Postal Museum’s website to find out more!

Our two newest shows, London Crazy and The Pollution Solution have been extremely successful as we continue to tour them alongside all of our regular shows.  As we’re still in the centenary of WWI, our workshop Meaning in the Mud is as popular as ever.  To find out about any of our UK work, please click here and if you want to know about our work outside of the UK, then click here.

A highlight of the year so far was an office outing to the Barbican in London to watch the amazing Toneelgroep Amsterdam performing Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedies.  We all agreed it was absolutely brilliant and the 6 hours (yes, 6!) flew by.  We highly recommend seeing their shows if you get the chance.

As we’re all very busy here, it looks like it’s time to do some more recruiting!  We’ll be posting details about auditions very soon.  Watch this space!

 

 

July 2015

We’re recruiting! 

Would you like to work for Big Wheel? Now’s your chance!

Applications are open for workshop presenters for our 2015 schools tour of Belgium and The Netherlands, which will take place from October to December.

For more details on what we’re looking for and about how to apply, click here.

Deadline for applications is 21st August.

 


 

May 2015

The fact that we haven’t updated the News page for a whole year doesn’t mean we’ve been really lazy….it means we’ve been really BUSY!  The last year at Big Wheel has flown by as several exciting and adventurous projects have consumed our time.

We’ve started touring our new workshop London Crazy! in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden and it’s had great feedback!  The students (and our actors) are thoroughly enjoying learning cockney rhyming slang, being transported to the sights and sounds of London and especially going on an adventure with one of the world’s most famous detectives!  If you want more information about London Crazy! then click here.

Our heritage work with our friends at the British Postal Museum and Archive has developed to include bringing to life the character of Sir Rowland Hill, the inventor of the postage stamp (and much more!) whilst continuing to perform both our primary workshop Spies, Lies and Pigeons that focuses on ways of communicating in WW1 and our secondary workshop Meaning in the Mud which looks at the great war poets and the lasting legacy of the war.  Visit our Schools page for more details.

We have also developed a new version of our sustainable travel and climate change workshops called The Pollution Solution!  Devised in conjunction with the London boroughs of Hillingdon and Redbridge, the new show’s main focus is on the growing problem of air pollution.  True to Big Wheel, the new show is still full of fun and laughs whilst explaining the problems of increasing pollutants and particulates and offering realistic ways for students to tackle air pollution.

Finally, it looks like it might be time for AUDITIONS!  The lovely Nic and Elisha joined us at the beginning of the year and they had a great time on their first tour of the Netherlands and Belgium.  But we’re going to need more!  Application details will be available very soon!


 

June 2014

Thy eternal summer shall not fade – we hope!  

Here at Big Wheel HQ we’ve been enjoying the (sometimes) glorious weather and so we thought we’d update you on what’s been happening with us!  The first half of 2014 has flown by with tours around the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.  We’ve been working in schools, universities, at conferences and training days, and we’ve even done our first guided tour of the Roman city of Canterbury!

Our First World War show Meaning in the Mud has been incredibly popular with bookings continuing into the next academic year.  We’re now working closely with our friends at the British Postal Museum and Archive to develop a workshop suitable for primary school audiences that focuses on communication during the war.  You can read more information about both projects here.

And now it’s time to go London Crazy!!!  Our latest show has been developed to suit intermediate learners of English and focuses on all things London!  It will be available from September so have a look here for more information and get in touch if you want to book.

Finally, we’re hoping to audition again this summer.  Watch this space for more details!

 
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