Halifax’s Gale Force Theatre is back with a tandem bicycle tour of A Tale of Two Wheels, a free outdoor play tailor-made for audience members aged 18 months to six years.
Created last year, A Tale of Two Wheels uses puppets and live music, composed and performed by local artist Kurtis Eugene, to tell the story of two delivery workers tasked with bringing the day, thrown into chaos when told to deliver the night.
“That’s when all the chaos starts because we’ve never had to deliver the night before,” explains co-creator Lily Falk in an interview with Halifax Presents last September.
Created during the duo’s downtime as theatre contracts were cancelled because of the pandemic, Falk and co-creator Franziska Glen used the time to begin developing the show designed for the theatre’s youngest audience members.
“We both feel it’s important for children to have art made for them with full respect for their emotional intelligence and for it to be financially accessible,” says Falk.
“During the pandemic, screens have become children’s main form of entertainment,” adds Glen. “We wanted to give families an opportunity to be outside at their local park and to be safely reintroduced to live theatre.”
With two shows daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, the first performances will take place in Halifax on July 9 at Frog Pond Park and July 10 at Fort Needham Memorial Park. From there, the group moves to the Dartmouth Commons on July 11.
For their second weekend of shows, Gale Force Theatre partners with Shakespeare by Sea’s By the Sea series with three days of shows at Point Pleasant Park on July 16, 17, and 18.
Their final weekend of shows takes them to Bedford on July 23 with shows at Dewolf Park at 11:00 am and Fish Hatchery Park at 2:00 pm.
None of the shows require tickets, with families invited to show up at the various park venues and enjoy the show. Pictures of the exact location for each performance will be posted on Gale Force Theatre’s Instagram and Facebook.
“We hope to get lots of families out to their local parks and enjoying theatre, potentially for the first time,” says Glen.
With free admission, A Tale of Two Wheels performs at various locations from July 9 through July 23. Visit galeforcetheatre.ca for more information.