We waited and waited for our lucky break and it came, quite unexpectedly this March, when we won LET partnership award and a place in the Pleasance Kingdome Venue for this year’s Edinburgh Festival. We are very nervous, quite excited, hungry and ready for it all…
So without further Ado… We are playing My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice in Pleasance Kingdome at 12:30 everyday from 31st of July all the way through (except 13th and 19th). Please come and support us, not only if you live in Edinburgh, not only if you live in Scotland…please come from all over the world, do not hesitate, hopefully will be worth your effort… if not see us after the show and we can straighten the matter over a beer or two. We went all the way to Canada (twice over) so we believe the world can come to us now. See you up North, we will be in the usual gear, playing the loud accordion and some flimsy Ukeleles….
The boys got enough exposure on the poster, and I thought it is time to show you the other side of the Dead Rabbits…
We normally sit on the bus stop all the time… waiting for the… bus (boys have bikes…for some strange reason) but we are much more glamorous and world-wise…
Leah (the red-headed beauty) makes sure the show happen. And this is not just that the lights are working and the performers are visible but she also makes sure that the cast wakes up, turns up on time and remembers to bring their costumes….
Milly (a Devon princess, who is the most excited about life on this photo – which is also generally true in life) is the most important person in the show – she is the one who is left behind…. Milly basically holds the show together…
Moi (in the middle) I have the most amazing job – Every morning, I use my thin bamboo stick on their bare feet – ( why? – I hear you ask) well, it is an old Polish practice (also known by most ‘charming and delightful’ Master – Philippe Gaulier) I hit them with a stick unexpectedly yet fiercely – so they remember during the show – to have lightness, charm and some ‘God- damn’ pleasure on stage….
And you see it worked!!! Holdovers and two awards..( psst, I will tell you about this later)
We have a show tonight at 11:45pm and it is going to be difficult to get people out of bed… So if you enjoyed “My Love……” please wake them up, or get them out of the bar or tell them to put their phone down for an hour….and ask them to join us….We promise that it will be a riot… it always is at this time of the night…. we promise…
All other shows are Sold Out (except about 10 tickets left for the 8 pm Sunday show)… so tonight is really the night to catch us….
Also….Artists and Volunteers welcome – we will increase the volume of tickets for you from about 2pm today.
On Saturday evening Dead Rabbits wombled (yes we don’t walk- we womble – don’t even ask why…) into the Festival Hall in search of some fun and perhaps some food. It was the last night of the Cabaret and we thought we should be there to support Calgary Fringe. As we walked in, people started to congratulate us and tell us that we won: ‘Best Emerging Artist Award’ and some cash to help us to develop further….
We were stunned… and humbled…. and of course very miserable that we missed the actual announcement by 5 min…. Typical….
So, we would like to thank once more all organisers (especially Michele Gallant) for all the help and kindness, all volunteers for the support, Jenny for hosting us, Thomas, Patrick and Hayley – for all your help, friendship and terrible dance moves…(just kidding), fellow artists and all those who came to watch our show and had a bit of fun with us. And of course, last but not least the generous patron, who thought us to be worthy of this Award. We would love to meet you!!!
We had a great experience, lots of fun, made many new friends and we are very grateful to All!
So today is our last day at the Calgary Fringe. We had an amazing time, fantastic audiences, saw some wonderful shows and made many new friends… It was a great experience and we will remember it for a long time.
On the 1st of August 2017, we flew high…, high above Iceland, high above Greenland, high above a lot of water…. ‘Were you flying in an enormous balloon trying to do what nobody else ever done before? ??- I hear you ask…. NO – is my simple answer – ‘this is not what Dead Rabbits do’ – We flew in a standard, well-built aeroplane in an economy class…They did give us a free bottle of wine to cheer us up.
One could compare the inspired excitement of our flight to that of the flight of ‘the Eagle’ – ‘the Eagle’ was a swoosh hydrogen balloon made entirely from 5km of silk and flown exactly 120 years ago by Salomon Andree and his comrades in the attempt to conquer The North Pole…
We did manage, however, to arrive safely on Canadian turf… in Inglewood… This is the area of Calgary Fringe Festival and at the moment there is still not too many people here as the festival begins on the 4th of August. So we are rehearsing, sourcing small props, doing technical rehearsals and looking around Calgary. We have found lots of Rabbits (very alive and rather fast) we made some friendships and we are waiting for Hitomi to take us on a trip of a lifetime to Banff…
Meanwhile, just a bit nervy before the premiere and waiting for the audiences not to fail us….
Please come and see our shows during Calgary Festival – 1st one on the 4th of August 7pm ( Alexandra centre society) and then late in the evening at 11:30 Late Night Cabaret… Please do come and chat to us when you see us…
In 2016 we went to Edmonton Fringe Festival full of hopes and also full of worries. Over 200 theatre companies, over 45 venues, hundreds of thousands of punters…. We were only a little fish trying to swim… but these 2 weeks were amazing, full of sunshine, great people, openness. great hosts that were putting up with us through all that time, fantastic volunteers, and fringe staff and management were really kind and helped us straight away when we ran into any problems. And yes it was a great surprise when our theatre started to fill up, that we got amazing reviews and people wrote to us or came up to us on the streets. On one occasion, on a roller-coaster in Edmonton – somebody hollered at Sam-‘look that’s The Dragon’ Sam didn’t take offence, just the opposite, he was beaming with joy the whole week….
So we decided to come back. We have a new show: My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice….
We are going to Calgary Festival first and then to Edmonton…We worked this year even harder but the show is not made till it has its run with the audience….So greetings Canada – we await you and your judgement…
Please come and see us and thank you so much for all your support
We have had quiet small audiences at times, but it looks like some people really enjoyed spending time with us. Sorry to boast but we are so proud:
If a show at the fringe moved me this much to laughter then tears then I can’t remember when. Add to that elaborate creative props and scenery and great audience interaction and this is a real beezer. Come back and do Ernest Nobile next to me! Jamie Shepherd
Wonderful. Just what I love about the Fringe is when you are taken to unexpected places by the ingenuity and skill of the performers and writers. Expecting a romp but given a sensitively delivered tragi-comedy with a very moving ending. Littered with glorious silliness the Dead Rabbits are a must see show this year. ANTON GRASHION
An entertaining and moving show by a talented and enthusiastic cast! They took us with them to the Arctic, and the various depictions of the balloon were wonderfully done. Lesley Warner
A great show that is both funny and moving. Part celebration of the heroic age of polar exploration; part sentimental tragi-comedy with a dash of social relevance thrown in. Highly recommended. Keith Baxter
This turned out to be a real gem! Very creative staging, an interesting story, strong performances, and lots of humor. Highly recommend.JM
This show about a balloon expedition to the Arctic was in turns very funny and quietly heartbreaking. I was pleased that we’d found a show at the Fringe to satisfy my craving for polar exploration stories (after a dedicated search for every possible Arctic-related keyword); I can’t say how happy I am that it turned out to be so good. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good adventure story, with engaging performers and the sort of small, intimist setting that lets you be drawn into a play and won’t let you easily pull yourself back out.Aude C
I loved this show. It’s a good, true story to start with, but the clever writing, ingenious staging and excellent performances made it something more. It’s funny, sad, touching and original. My pick of the Fringe so far.John Fuller
What a lovely, and moving, show, beautiful to look at and impressively acted. Everything a one-act play should be. Highly recommended.Pippa Hyde
Best physical theatre show I’ve seen at fringe so far this year. 4 very good performers break the fourth wall (in the best way) to tell this true story with the most creative use of set I’ve ever seen at edfringe. First time fringe performers take Pleasance Dome by storm, go and see this really good show when you can; thoroughly recommend.Mark Reynolds
What a wildly inventive and beautifully realised show this is. One of the most talented, creative engaging young companies I’ve come across in a long time telling a sad, beautiful story with impeccable physical theatricality and a dash of comic genius. My pick of the Fringe. Buy your tickets in advance – this show should (and will) sell out.Philippa
Very humbled by the kind words. Thank you.
Please spread the word. We have five more shows and we have had such an amazing time. Help us to get more people to see the show. Everyday at 12:30 at Kingdome Pleasance, however afternoons spent mostly at the Pleasance Courtyard…. playing the old grumpy accordion and ukulele, flyering and drinking some fine (and not so fine) liquors…. Please join us or at least say hello if you see us!
Our hearts are still beating, but the flyering and getting people to come to see our show is tough…. Above … an example of how we feel at the end of a long day…. me (taking the picture) grumpy, Sammy- sleepy, James – witty, Jordan – happy, Jodie – angelic…as always.
We are so happy to be here – Two four STARS reviews in the pocket and lots of amazing public reviews and encouragement. We miss Edmonton too!!! Edmonton Fringe is about to start so we wish you to have a great one, our friends from so far away….
First Review in!!! Running around like crazy, eating burritos and stapling the stars onto the flyers. It’s been a bit rainy and sticky but that’s good, because it means people will come to the theatre…. please come and support….
Canada was an amazing experience for us. After winning ‘Best Emerging Artist’ Award we rolled to Edmonton and were even more astounded by selling out and receiving two further awards: STAFF AND VOLUNTEER PICKS
and then there were the HOLDOVERS. We couldn’t imagine being in a better theatre.
350-seater, with amazing staff, crew and facilities and also both shows sold-out!!!
We would like to thank Murray, Celia, Ray, Selena, Perry, Nick, Marc for your photos (the one on this blog too from Marc J Chalifoux Photography ) and all organisers, staff, volunteers, our hosts that put up with us for so long (especially Hitomi and Jeanette xx) all the artists that we made friends with and amazing audiences which we had so much fun with. We are so grateful!!! Thank you for an amazing ride!!!
We have one and only show in London (UK) on the 21st September at 7:30pm at St Mary’s University Theatre. Please come and check us out!