Performance Times: 11.00am – 11.30am | 12.30pm -1.00pm | 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Age Range: 5+
Location: The picnic area above the Harbour Square
Inspired by the myth of Merlin the Wizard and the “real” Merlin from the Merlin Trail across our very own Dumfries and Galloway, BIPPITY features 6 eccentric magical creatures that need help practicing their spells. Using elements of physical theatre, clowning, and dance, they must collect ingredients for their potions, make themselves invisible, and conjure a bit of playful magic. Audiences will delight in surprise interactions with these idiosyncratic and quirky characters that transform the ordinary in our public spaces into something extraordinary.
While the Merlin legend claims he has the ability to shape shift, deliver prophecies, and cast spells, the “real” Merlin was believed to be a Druid with deep connections to nature and the supernatural. Excited by the stories that embellish and blow up the truth, we wanted to play with what is fact and what we can embellish while creating a playful report with an audience.
We’ve teamed up with Taiwanese British costume designer, Christine Urquhardt who created vibrant and visually stunning designs for the characters. Additionally, we at PCS, have made it our mission to create work in a more sustainable way, so our young people collaborated with Christine to learn about repurposing used items and utilising different textile materials to construct each look. Christine’s designs embrace the fantastical and include meaningful symbols designed by the ensemble.
Directed by Artistic Director, Sarah Rose Graber, and devised by our ensemble, the piece has been developed this year through our residential labs. Our cast for BIPPITY is also comprised of neurodiverse, biracial, queer, and disabled performers – a reflection of the diverse ensemble of members that makes up PCS.
Founded in 2017, Performance Collective Stranraer [PCS] is a development organisation that nurtures, promotes and sustains rural theatre artists from Southwest Scotland – primarily Dumfries and Galloway, and South Ayrshire. These areas have little-to-no artistic training provision and we exist to bridge the gap between youth theatre and the professional performance industry – turning artistic outlets/hobbies into viable career-paths.