Stacey Sampson & The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

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The festival season is coming to a close and the nights are drawing in, but there’s no sign of hibernation for The Demon Barbers and The Lock In Dance Show!

That’s right, we’re currently focusing all our efforts on our Dickens inspired The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ in which the land lady of the Olde Fighting Cocks pub, Jazmineezer Scrooge, is threatening to relaunch her much loved folk and hip hop venue as the garish, noisy and unpopular ‘Oompah Techno Bar’.

Those of you that have seen the Lock In will know that it’s a music and dance show exploring the clash and eventual fusion of traditional and contemporary dance styles. On deciding to make a Christmas version of the show we thought the story should play a much more important role and that Dickens’ classic tale would be perfect for festive family audiences. With that in mind we set out to find a script writer.

We recently made a pilot for our Children’s show ‘The Sleepover’ and spent a day workshopping with Wendy Harris – artistic director of children’s theatre company ‘Tutti Frutti’ and she put us in touch with writer and actress Stacey Sampson.

Stacey has worked in television and theatre for over fifteen years. She appeared as Jennifer in the hit TV show ‘This Is England’ and throughout this time worked as a drama practitioner, leading workshops in many settings including primary schools, libraries, young offender programmes and sheltered housing units. This work often required her to write bespoke scripts for the groups she was working with and eventually writing became the main focus of her career.

We met up with Stacey and spent the day trading ideas and storyboarding the show. She was keen to get stuck in and after a couple of days we were presented with a wonderfully magical and poetic script.

So we have the story, the cast, the music and the moves. Now it’s time to put it all together and create our festive frenzy – The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

Check us out at a theatre near you! http://www.thelockindanceshow.co.uk/tour-dates

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ full tour announced

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New festive show coming this year!

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new garish and unpopular ‘Oompah Techno Bar’. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! The Telegraph

“Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three” The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ The Independent

‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’ WhatsOnStage.com

 

School, community & festival workshops

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We had such a fantastic time teaching Folk and Hip Hop dance in Shrewsbury Primary Schools as part of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, that we’re looking for more schools and festivals to develop workshop projects with.

We can provide workshops in schools and community settings teaching Morris, Sword, Clog and Hip Hop dance, proving to be a great way of involving the local community and developing interest in traditional music and dance in the build up to festivals. As part of these workshops we can provide a short performance and even work with the students to create a performance of their own, debuting at their school or perhaps a  nearby festival!

As well as teaching in schools, we have held many workshops at festivals up and down the country and we love nothing more than teaching our folk and hip hop fusion, so if you think we fit in with your festival programme please get in touch!

Breaking Tradition & The Demon Barbers have over 15 years of experience in writing funding applications and would be happy to help with yours.

Please contact Laura at laura@thedemonbarbers.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Festival Workshops

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We had such a fantastic time teaching Folk and Hip Hop dance in Shrewsbury Primary Schools as part of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, that we’re looking for more festivals to develop workshop projects with.

We can provide workshops in schools and community settings teaching Morris, Sword, Clog and Hip Hop dance, proving to be a great way of involving the local community and developing interest in traditional music and dance in the build up to festivals. As part of these workshops we can provide a short performance and even work with the students to create a performance of their own, debuting at their school or perhaps the festival itself!

As well as school workshops, we have taught many workshops at festivals up and down the country and we love nothing more than teaching our folk and hip hop fusion, so if you think we fit in with your festival programme please get in touch!

Breaking Tradition & The Demon Barbers also have over 15 years of experience in writing funding applications and would be happy to help with yours.

Please contact Laura at laura@thedemonbarbers.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Book The Lock In for 2017!

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The Demon Barbers & Breaking Tradition Dance Company are touring again next year!

Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers have been bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Morris, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage with their ‘Lock In’ dance show and ‘The Demon Barbers XL’.

In 2017, Breaking Tradition will be producing ‘The Lock In’ and ‘The Demon Barbers XL- Disco at the Tavern’ along with bespoke shows suitable for festivals of all shapes and sizes!

If you are interested in talking to us about possibilities for your festival, please get in touch with Damien at damien@thedemonbarbers.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Reviews

‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’
★★★★ THE INDEPENDANT

‘Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three’
★★★★★ THE LIST (Edinburgh Fringe)

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