As we bid farewell to our We Need Bees cast and crew as they begin their journey all over the Wales and the UK.
Ioan Hefin and I will begin another strand to the Wallace 100 year of celebrations.
We’ve decided to use the character of Alfred Russel Wallace and his friend and co-explorer Henry Walter Bates as a vehicle to get young children to discover something new for themselves outside in their own school yard or field or wherever.
Ioan steps aside for a couple of weeks from being Alfred Russel Wallace (in his own show) to be the director of The Amazing Adventures of Wallace and Bates. He will be joined by two fantastic actors, Chris Kinahan and Carwyn Jones.
Wallace and Bates travelled to the Amazon in 1848 with very little money, or any real experience of collecting new species. Both would spend years in the Amazon collecting and cataloging, drawing detail maps for future explorers.
Wallace’s journey home wasn’t what he had expected, but its his spirit against adversity and the passion to find out more which compels him to carry on. A great Victorian hero, and a great role model for young children…
This is such a different and new project for us, with it being much more interactive, and the structure of the piece is different, with the play split into 3 parts two parts story and one part the expedition with no script – it depends on what the children will discover that particular day. The ultimate in improvising – all the very best Chris and Carwyn
So I suppose its not only the children who will be going on adventure - we are too. Wish us luck, and Bon Voyage.