The Young Visiters
1 - 26 March 2016
by Daisy Ashford
In a new adaptation by Mary Franklin
Presented by Rough Haired Pointer
Written by 9-year-old Daisy Ashford, The Young Visiters, is unique in all of literature. Telling the story of an adult love triangle as imagined by a child writing in 1890, it has a humour and style all its own. The runaway success of the book even led to rumours that it had in fact been written by Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie. Full of surprisingly astute insights and wild spelling mistakes it has been a cult classic for over a century.
In an atmosphere of high energy and theatrical danger, Rough Haired Pointer (creators of the critically acclaimed adaptation of The Diary of a Nobody) explore the surreal charm of this exceptional novel. Expect high japes and fake flowers, balls and boats, ice creams, parties and princes.
Rough Haired Pointer was founded by Mary Franklin (director) and Carin Nakanishi (designer) in 2013. Since then the company has expanded to include a composer, producer and a group of associate actors. Their preview work includes, The Diary Of A Nobody (White Bear and King’s Head Theatre), Noonday Demons (King’s Head Theatre), Madame Manet (Tabard Theatre), the World Premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred & Madge (The Hope Theatre) and The Boy Who Cried (Hope and Tabard Theatre).
The Young Visiters was the company’s first ever show, opening at the Hen and Chickens in 2013 to great critical acclaim. They believe in constantly celebrating the elements of chance and play in live drama. Both onstage and in rehearsal our artistic aim is organised chaos, with a backbone of trust, fidelity to the text and an understanding that comes from a strong collaborative ethos.
“Adult laughs… barmy exuberance… Excellent fun.”
– The Times
“Complex, charming and hilarious… beautifully surreal, involving, multi-layered and heart-warming.”
– A Younger Theatre
“Sharp and sassy.”
– Susannah Clapp of The Observer
“A delicious concoction, served up with wit, charm and grace.”
– Rupert Christiansen of The Daily Telegraph
“Whimsical and utterly charming.”
– One Stop Arts
“This is story-telling at its very best.”
– The Public Reviews
“A play like no other… utterly charming.”
– What’s Peen Seen
“Delightfully ambitious… wonderfully accomplished… Amazing stuff.”
– Views From The Gods
“You’d be hard pressed to find a sweeter more superficially innocent tale… Slyly brilliant.”
– Remote Goat