For this year’s Southsea Show, New Theatre Royal associate artist, Tinder Theatre, is premiering a new production, Boxmouth.
Being performed tomorrow and Sunday on Southsea Common, the interactive open-air show will take the audience on a time travel adventure through space and time. There will be high seas, alien-invaded futures and dragon-ravaged old worlds.
And every aspect of the show, including the set, props and costume, will be made from cardboard boxes.
Tinder Theatre artistic director, Ian Nicholson, is from Portsmouth and is a former pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School.
He says: ‘The idea of playful theatre is really important to our work so creating a show just using cardboard boxes means we will all have to share our imaginations in creating the productions, which I think will be really exciting.
‘We wanted to create a show that people could be involved with, to play their part in, and part of that was making sure people could keep playing their part when they left the show, to give ideas that could be continued at home with the families.’
Ian used to go to the Southsea Show when he was younger, so he loves the idea of going back with his work.
‘This is the first time we will have tried the show out, so we’ll be learning how it works too. It’s nerve wracking stuff but that’s what will keep us on our toes.’
Tickets: £6 to £8 for The Southsea Show, and children go free, on (023) 9282 4355 or go to thesouthseashow.co.uk.