City-based group set to tread the boards - The Worcester Observer

City-based group set to tread the boards

Worcester Editorial 15th Jan, 2022   0

A POPULAR Worcester-based theatre group has unveiled the cast for its upcoming UK tour of Dead Good.

Alan Riley, one of the founders of iconic full mask theatre company, Trestle Theatre will be among the cast for the Vamos Theatre show which opens at The Swan, Worcester on February 3.

He will be joined by Radhika Aggarwal, James Greaves, and Bidi Iredale for the full mask theatre show which also includes dates at the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham and Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre.

For many physical theatre audiences and performers, Trestle was one of the most influential UK theatre companies of the 1980s and 90s, pioneering its particular style of wordless, full mask theatre. As one of the co-founders, Alan was an intrinsic part of the company over two decades, and his influence has been felt world-wide.

Some 12 years after his last performance, Alan will be joined in the show by James Greaves who was a mainstay actor with Trestle Theatre during their most influential years, performing in many shows across the world, including Top Storey, Hanging Around and Adventures Of The Stoneheads,

Despite James and Alan being long-standing actors with Trestle, they had little opportunity during their Trestle years to work on stage together – Dead Good brings them the chance to do just that.

Director of Dead Good and artistic director of Vamos Theatre Rachael Savage, said: “I wrote Dead Good especially for Alan and James and now finally after 33 years we have the opportunity to see the two finest full mask actors in the UK perform together.

“This is literally my dream job. They understand the language of mask theatre inside out and back to front. Dead Good is about two men and their unique friendship and this is reflected beautifully in Alan and James.

“Bring your students, children, grandchildren to see Dead Good and watch first-hand this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the masters at work.”

The production, which has no spoken word, features an original music score, film projection, a multi-faceted set design, and masks especially made for the show by Russell Dean of Strangeface.

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