The Mermaid Inn (Rye)

Bowler Crab became the official resident theatre company of The Mermaid Inn in 2017. The Rye based 600 year old inn (known for having Shakespeare’s company visit them in 1597) today hosts Bowler Crab’s full touring performances, ‘pocket performances’ and dining experiences year round. 

To date Bowler Crab has brought more than 10 productions to The Mermaid, all in a variety of forms from 3 hour long full productions to 90- minute short showcases to dining experiences with four course meals!

The Mermaid will be hosting Bowler Crab several times in 2020 ...

 

Shakespeare at The Mermaid

In 2017, BC formed a relationship with The Mermaid Inn as a performance venue, following the discovery that suggests Shakespeare's company, The Chamberlain's Men, visited The Mermaid in 1597. 

This revelation even made BBC News:

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Past Work at The Mermaid

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The Mermaid Inn is a truly unique historic building that has stood in Rye for over 600 years!  It offers a step back in time, with modern day comforts in a traditional style, friendly service, fine food, wine, local ales and a selection of more than 90 whiskies. See our past works at The Mermaid below ...

Macbeth 2017 - present

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2017 was quite a year, after the success of King Lear, we approached The Mermaid Inn in Rye and organised a one off event performing extracts from Macbeth with a team of two and analysing the text with the audience. The first project to be termed 'a pocket production', The Mermaid Inn quickly sold out for the event and a new relationship was formed as we became the resident theatre company.

 

'Interpreting Macbeth' then became available for schools to hire to help GCSE or A-Level students with their exams, the project adapting to each exam board's requirements, presenting the piece in a variety of lights to help students see different interpretations and form arguments for their exams. 

'Interpreting Macbeth' began touring to schools in 2017 and a new version of the pocket production was then released in 2018 with a new cast of four performing a linear shortened version of Macbeth, just 100 minutes long and the perfect 'pocket sized' performance for private and public events to hire. 'Macbeth' and 'Interpreting Macbeth' soon became popular at festivals, as sell out dining experiences and as stand alone private events. Both Macbeth projects switched from Victorian era costume to traditional 1000's style in 2018.

With B&W photography at The Mermaid by BC production member Carey Pool.

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Notable performances include several sell outs at The Battle Arts Festival at Battle Abbey, Manor Barn Bexhill and as a dining experience at The Mermaid Inn.

More public performances will be announced later in 2020.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

2017 - present

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Next in 2017, we took up the job as the resident theatre company at The Mermaid Inn and debuted our next pocket: A Midsummer Night's Dream as a dining experience as part of The Rye Arts Festival, with scenes taking place between each course.

Dream has since gone onto being our most popular pocket production for hire with notable sell out performances at The Big Green Cardigan Festival, Rye School of English and at several private events and schools.

Dream uses Victorian Steam-Punk style costumes and puppetry to illustrate a fictitious industrial Athens disrupted by whimsical fairies.

photography taken at Half House Farm's woods by BC production member Carey Pool,

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Othello (2017)

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BC's first full production to come to The Mermaid came in the Autumn of 2017 as Othello smashed previous sales records and extended the touring route to as far as London and Brighton. Venue's included: The Hen & Chicken Theatre Bar and The Space Theatre in London as well as sell outs at old favourites: The Mermaid Inn in Rye

and The Stables Theatre in Hastings.

 

Set in a 1940's WW2 style, photos at The Mermaid Inn by Tenee Attoh.

Romeo & Juliet

2018 - present

Returning once again to The Mermaid in 2018, we created the third pocket: Romeo & Juliet. We sold out with 'Interpreting R&J' before moving onto schools with the workshop.

 

In 2019, we then released a linear 100 minute long version of the play, touring to schools as well as festival performances which sold out at The Big Green Cardigan Festival, Battle Arts Festival at Battle Abbey and as a dining experience returning to The Mermaid Inn as part of the Rye Arts Festival. Other Notable performance include at All Saints Centre in Lewes and at Bexhill Manor Barn.

R&J is set in a fantasy Verona mixing Medieval and Jacobean cultures. 

Photos at a private garden party

(The Croft in Lewes)

by our patron: Peter Mould of stagesnaps.com 

With photography by Roy Cano at The Big Green cardigan festival

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The Merchant of Venice (2018)

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BC's biggest most ambitious tour took place in 2018 with The Merchant of Venice combining both the indoor and summer tour routes to create a production which toured for seven weeks across June-August. Venue's included:

The Hen & Chicken Theatre Bar in London,

The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, 

The Rialto Theatre in Brighton, St John's Centre in Bexhill and, of course, Half House Farm,

The Mermaid Inn and The Stables Theatre. 

Many of these sold out and the production broke all records of audience size and run sales.

 

Set in an early 1700 Georgian style, the play tackled questions about race, religion, homosexuality, love, envy and greed. 

New patrons also joined us for the tour,

including celebrity photographer David Montgomery.

 

Photos taken at The Mermaid by our patron: Peter Mould of stagesnaps.com whose patronage was made official by his generosity and friendship on this tour.

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Twelfth Night

2018 - present

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2018 was a breakthrough year not only for our largest tour ever but also for our pockets and the demand for bookings tripled in just a  few months. the next instalment was Twelfth Night, joyfully set in Victorian England where cakes and Ale were always in demand.

 

The four man 100 minute production was in hot demand for the festive Christmas period and packed audiences attended public performances at All Saints Centre in Lewes, St John's Centre Bexhill, The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London and as a dining experience at The Mermaid Inn in Rye.

Photography by BC production member

Henri Hayler,

Twelfth Night will be returning on tour once more in 2020 with dates to be announced very soon  ... 

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Shakespeare & Love

2019 - present

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2019 kicked off with a new type of Pocket Production - a Shakespeare Showcase. Like our 'Interpetting' productions, this piece consisted of extracts which were then discussed but this time from a selection of BC's past works including:

Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream; alongside never before performed scenes from The Winter's Tale, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and Hamlet.

 

The performance sold out at The Mermaid Inn in April 2019 and will be returning on tour once more in 2020 with public performance dates to be announced very soon  ...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (2019)

BC produced a third version of A Midsummer Night's Dream due to popular demand which toured June -July 2019. Inundated with 'Pocket Production' bookings, the tour was shorter than the previous year but still managed to sell more tickets than any other production to date and broke the largest audience record!

 

The tour included new venue: Bexhill Manor Barn (which sold out), All Saint's Centre  in Lewes, 

Half House Farm, The Mermaid Inn and The Stables Theatre. 

Photos by our patron: Peter Mould of stagesnaps.com 

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What's Next?

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