KINDLE IS A ‘PAY WHAT YOU CAN’ PLAY TAKING PLACE IN THE OLD LIBRARY, BODMIN, AT 7PM ON SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2023. PAY £8, £10 OR £12 A TICKET, DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH YOU CAN AFFORD. THIS PLAY COULD HELP A FEW POCKETS…
Theatre tickets don’t always need to cost the world. And that’s especially true when it comes to ‘Kindle’, a new play that’s being staged at The Old Library in Bodmin from 7pm on Saturday 29 April 2023. The audience is invited to pay either £8, £10 or £12 for their tickets. And that’s a good thing, as we’re all experiencing some level of hardship during the current financial climate.
The rising cost of living isn’t just addressed by the ticket prices to ‘Kindle’, though. The actual play itself explores the impacts caused by the spiralling financial rises that are battering wallets across the land. It’s a captivating piece of theatre that speaks to anyone, from anywhere right now, with plenty of other issues also touched upon in the piece, including climate change and living in a rural community.
The play, which is performed by Exeter-based Almanac Theatre, sees Heather and Holly, along with their mum Angela, running a petrol station in rural Devon. Holly leaves for London, however, and later returns to her mum to find a ‘shattered version of the village she left behind’. There’s beauty in this piece, as well as both love and loss, with moving music played throughout.
The Old Library community and arts space, which is operated by the IntoBodmin organisation, is the perfect intimate space for ‘Kindle’, a theatre piece that started out as a 2019 seed commission from the Theatre Royal Plymouth and has since been supported by Exeter Northcott Theatre. It received a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England for this 2023 studio and rural tour.
Hattie Collins, the Devon-based playwright behind the piece, tells Proper Cornwall that the play returned from London’s VAULT Festival of live performance and artistic talent just a couple of weeks ago ‘with a four-star review’. At the fest, it was nominated for an Origins award, which is given to outstanding new plays. Collins, who also performs in and co-produces the play, says she is ‘delighted’ it is both playing in Bodmin and that the audience can choose how much to pay for their tickets during the challenging financial climate.
To book your tickets, click on the ‘website link’ in the ‘In Brief’ bar above. Break a leg, Almanac!