Topsy-turvy tale of a crumbling old home

New season'Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin
New season'Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin

MAISON Foo’s Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin, a magical topsy-turvy tale for grown-ups that crept from nowhere to become one of the most sought-after tickets at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, is coming to the Crucible Studio next week.

This warm and intriguing tale follows the story of a wall, a floor and a chimney as they search for the forgotten old lady who lives in them and cares for them.

Using an inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry it looks at the memories that lie within.

With charm, wit and just a touch of pathos, Maison Foo bring to life the imaginative world lurking behind the unkempt door of Number 92 after the decaying house is left to fend for itself.

Inspired and haunted by the mysterious “missing” grandads that they never had the chance to get to know, Maison Foo’s artistic directors Kathryn Lowe and Bethany Sheldon were driven to create Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin by a common fascination with ideas relating to memory, loss and growing old.

They invited elderly patients from the Royal Derby Hospital to share their stories, and based Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin on their tales and memories.

Taking the concept of playing ‘house’ to an entirely new level, Mrs Benjamin’s story is told from the unusual perspective of her crumbling home

The sell-out tour of 2011 has been extended with the new dates supported by charity Dementia UK whose chief executive, Barbara Stephens, said: “It’s such an evocative portrayal of the experience of dementia, combining subtle undertones with raw edges.”

The latest available figures show that 6,312 people in Sheffield have dementia.

Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is at the Crucible Studio on Thursday, February 16.

At the venue next week is a half-term treat with a performance of Grisly Tales from Tumblewater on Monday afternoon alongside a three-day workshop session inspired by the deliciously dark show.

Described as Charles Dickens meets Roald Dahl via Horrible Histories with laughs, frights and live music, Grisly Tales from Tumblewater is aimed at ages eight-plus.

The popular novel by Bruno Vincent has been brought to life in a one-man show by Edward Jaspers.

Daniel Dory, a determined orphan armed with only his wits and a satchel of spine-chilling stories, stumbles into Tumblewater – a most unwelcoming place.

Caspian Prye, the twisted landowner controls everything and everyone, even the police.

Can Daniel Day bring down Caspian Prye, save the girl in the next room and stay alive long enough to tell his tales?

To accompany the show, Sheffield Theatres have devised Grisly Half Term Tales, a series of fun and interactive workshop sessions from Monday to Wednesday when 11-to-13-year-olds will get the chance to see the show and work as part of a group to create their own set of Grisly Tales to perform to friends and family on the final day.

Details from Sheffield Theatres box office.