The Mesmerist

by Northern Rascals

"no constructive criticism was required simply because it was pure brilliance from the very beginning, right through to the end"


the mesmerist-24.jpg
DSC_0789.jpg

About

Set in the wondrously weird world of ‘The Mesmerist’, this family-friendly production takes the audience away on a magical journey of adventure, mischief and friendship. Met by two innocent, wide-eyed creatures, Alf and Annie, we witness the beginnings of a chaotic partnership that tests the pairs need for support in their lives.

Described as 'visually stunning', ‘The Mesmerist’ uses a mixture of dance, clowning and stunning optical illusions to create a ‘spellbindingly absurd’ world that tackles important issues of seeking solace in others and of reaching out to spark new light in each other’s lives.

‘The Mesmerist’ is supported by Arts Council England and SLAP in conjunction with the York and North Yorkshire Dance Hub, York Dance Space, Yorkshire Dance and York St John University.


the mesmerist-41.jpg
DSC_0478.jpg
DSC_0098.jpg
 
DSC_0523.jpg

Credits

Co-Artistic Director & Performer Anna Holmes

Co-Artistic Director & Performer Sam Ford

Production Management Northern Rascals

Technical Management Barnaby Booth

Lighting Design Barnaby Booth

Costume Design Jessie McEwan

Original Music Jonathon Deering

Dramaturgical Mentor Geoffrey Colman

With special thanks to collaborators Elly Welford, Katy Hewison and Kathryn Spence.

Check out this review of ‘The Mesmerist’ by Unknown Mag here: http://unknownmag.co.uk/theatre/review-slap-festival-the-mesmerist/


lottery_Logo_Black RGB.jpg
SLAPLOGO.png
york-theatre-royal-logo.png
Supported-by-Yorkshire-Dance-logo-300x133.jpg
16402932_790777054403624_9174614984995659205_o.jpg
761942.png

In Summer 2019, we will be creating an outdoor version of ‘The Mesmerist’ entitled ‘Tales of The Mesmerist’. Commissioned by Didsbury Arts Festival, there will be multiple opportunities to catch this exciting rework this summer!

Tales of The Mesmerist

TOUR DATES

2019

22 June - Didsbury Arts Festival

23rd June - Didsbury Arts Festival

29 June - Didsbury Arts Festival

30 June - Didsbury Arts Festival

27 July - Deershed Festival

2018

6 APRIL - Collide, Leeds City Centre 11-3pm      www.nscd.ac.uk

21 APRIL - Emerge Fest, Cannock Chase, 10-4pm   www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Emerge2018  

Upcoming

1 JULY - Street Sunday, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

 

Tales of The Mesmerist’ whisks the audience away to the spellbindingly absurd land where creatures wander. Set in the realms of their enchanted forest, the audience follow the Mesmerists as they take us on a magical journey of adventure, mischief and friendship. At times comedic, at others poignant, this family-friendly show explores the importance of support and sparking new light in each other’s lives.

The ‘Tales of The Mesmerist’ is the latest chapter in the story of Northern Rascals’ original dance theatre work ‘The Mesmerist’. This version is created for outdoor settings alongside local communities with the hope of enriching public spaces with the magic of storytelling. '

This short, low-tech version can be performed in a variety of outdoor settings. Perfect for village, town and city festivals, this duet is a comedic take on the piece as we follow three mischievous craetures as they play their secret game in and around the streets and the people that walk amongst them. For bookings please contact us on 07774324629 or northernrascals@gmail.com.

Photo Credit: Gavin Joynt, Nothern Rascals