A collaboration of Director, Claire Hooper (Head of Drama, Cokethorpe Educational Trust) and Deltaviolin looks set to continue, developing their original takes on classics and thrilling new devised works as Pants and Vest Productions.
Since the mid 2000s, together they have created unique and memorable dramatic works for stage, utilising original soundtracks and live performances for specially written or adapted scripts and exciting new interpretations of classics:
- 2008 “Voices From The Streets” original work
- 2009 “Iolanthe” by Gilbert & Sullivan
- 2010 “If You Go Down To The Woods Today” – original work
- 2011 “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert & Sullivan
- 2012 “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken
- 2013 “Ruddigore” by Gilbert & Sullivan
- 2014 “Oh What A Lovely War” by Joan Littlewood
- 2015 …
REVIEWS from “If You Go Down To The Woods Today…”
The amazing work…
It took me several days to stop thinking about the effect of the Panics and their very primeval yet mechanical dance in a hideously realistic woodland setting to such powerful beats…
It was hard to believe – for lengthy periods during the show – that the cast were all SCHOOL CHILDREN and not professional actors and dancers. Indeed, the complete absence of a prompt only dawned on me much later.
It was a real pleasure to be immersed in a sound and light show of such real quality…
It’s going to be very difficult ever choosing the easy option of putting on a well-known show written by “someone else”…
Stunning is the word!
Elements of Berlios Witches Sabbath and more immediately, Stravinsky (Rite of Spring) almost made me forget the overwhelming influence of that New York chap who records diggers on the roads – (La Monte Young)!
It was the music which ‘did the damage’, created the sinister atmosphere from which there could be no escape. There was no escape – The Panics were unstoppable. They would triumph!
On the Play – ”Shakespeare”! What an influence he had even down to The Forest creatures acting as a comic relief to break the tension … whilst fuelling that same tension by various noise interventions and the overall darkness which envelope the stage setting. Brilliant!
I thoroughly enjoyed your production… fabulous, thank you!
We saw the show last night ñ absolutely wonderful. This play could grace any famous stage from the wonderful set to the actual substance of the play. Brilliant and it certainly should get the recognition it deserves… It was a night we shall never forget.
I wanted to say how much I and all my family enjoyed ‘If You Go Down To The Woods’ on Friday. The production looked and sounded completely professional. Every actor played their part with total conviction, the dancers danced beautifully and it was really refreshing to hear original music that added so much to the atmosphere and the set and costumes were stunning – it was a triumph!
It takes talent and courage to put yourselves on the line like that and I am full of admiration that you tried something new. It makes the success even greater. My 82 year old mother, who has seen many plays in her life, thought it was fabulous that you had broken out with something new.
Please keep up your fantastic work.
Just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous evening. The performance was absolutely fantastic…amazing acting, dancing, costumes, makeup, set, music etc.
I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the production last night. I was blown away as soon as I walked in – the scenery was wonderful. I thought every aspect was superb – the acting, dancing, costumes, makeup, lights and the music & sound effects…
Congratulations! What an incredible production! I really enjoyed it.
the performance & everything about it was fabulous- well done to everyone involved!