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Moon Capers

Performance film for ages 4 – 9 to enjoy at home from 22 March

Although The Brunton cannot open its doors at the moment, they are working with partners to provide a range of arts and cultural options to experience online. The latest of these is the streaming of Shaper/Caper’s film, Moon Capers, an interactive performance film from for ages 4-9 and their adults, designed to be enjoyed at home. The film will be available from 22 March at 10am and can be viewed multiple times for a week, costing £5 plus a booking fee.

Shaper/Caper invite young people to take a trip to space to help rescue the cow who jumped over the moon, in Moon Capers, a fabulous creative and interactive performance film that is 30 minutes long and can be enjoyed from living rooms.

Moon Capers is programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Following the success of The Brunton’s online pantomime Rapunzel, The Brunton Theatre Trust are keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Theatre Trust said:

“Arts experiences play an important role in our wellbeing. Sadly The Brunton is currently unable to welcome people into the building, so we very much want to provide our audiences with the same kind of high quality digital arts and entertainment that they would expect to enjoy at The Brunton. This performance film from Shaper/Caper is a fun, interactive experience for children and their families to enjoy at home together.”

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are appealing for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website .

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Meet John Binnie

Writer and director of Rapunzel The Pantomime – a family film

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have been a writer/director since 1986, when I first began working with Clyde Unity Theatre. I love making theatre.I‘ve written over thirty plays, which I’ve toured nationally and internationally. I’ve made theatre in some fascinating places including New York, Singapore, Namibia and India. I so enjoy coming and doing pantomime at The Brunton. I previously did Jack And The Beanstalk and Cinderella.

John Binnie

Why Rapunzel?

I have always wanted to do a pantomime of Rapunzel. I love the idea of all her hair and being locked in a tower. However in a COVID world, the story struck a special chord. The character of Rapunzel is forced to self-isolate by the evil sorceress. Rapunzel has heard about the outside world and has longed to go there. Now she is scared of the disease. She doesn’t know about needing to wear masks.

Why is pantomime important?

Pantomime is joyful. It’s fun. Pantomime can have wild stories, larger-than-life characters and also heart. The best pantomimes allow the audience to join in, but also to feel. That’s when pantomime really works for me.

Rapunzel The Pantomime is a play but also a film. What were the challenges of writing and directing for this format?

The script needed to be fast and snappy. There’s no time for longueurs. Making a pantomime film is more collaborative, as Jonathan the filmmaker needs to edit the filmed scenes and come up with a new form. Obviously we miss live interaction, but the idea that the panto is going out to all these children and community groups in East Lothian and beyond, is a remarkable thing. I am very proud of being involved in it.

L-R, Ross Donnachie, Eilidh Weir, John Binnie. Photo: Robin Mitchell

This is a very strange year, but we have seen some amazing creativity with new productions filmed online and / or with social distancing. How have you responded creatively to this way of working?

It has been a challenge. At the beginning of the pandemic, I missed coming together with a company of actors and creatives to make a show. Actors are the most incredible people – they are so generous of their talent and time, helping to get a production on to the best of its ability. I’ve written more plays from home this year, and I am currently rehearsing a play on zoom. I hope to do some outside promenade performances in the warmer months of 2021.

Can you tell us any funny stories about the filming?

The day we did the chase around was wild. The Dame and her son Jammy Dodger would usually run around the audience and auditorium with a bucket of slops. Obviously we couldn’t do that under COVID restrictions. The Dame needed to get into full makeup at 7am, and then we took her and her son out onto Musselburgh High Street. Passers by on the street or at the bus stop were amazed and wanted to find out what was happening. When we ended filming at the harbour under beautiful weather conditions, mums with prams were surprised to see the dame chasing Jammy along the pier.

L-R, Ross Donnachie, Graham Crammond. Photo: Robin Mitchell

Enjoy Rapunzel The Pantomime at The Brunton Cinema, or watch online at home. Available selected dates December – January. More information here.

The Brunton has received funding from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Donations of any size are invaluable to enable The Brunton to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website.

What's On At Home

Digital Theatre Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Some of the theatre companies that regularly perform on our stage, are making digital versions of their productions available for you to enjoy at home.

Dogstar Theatre – The Tailor of Inverness

The Shows Must Go On – The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history! Featuring the best of musical theatre and beyond! From The West End to Broadway we’ve got you covered!

National Theatre – Help us celebrate the joy and laughter that panto brings to thousands of families across the UK every year.​ In honour of all the theatres that have been forced to cancel their Christmas pantos, we’re sharing Dick Whittington for FREE on the National Theatre YouTube channel from 3pm (UK time) on 23 December until midnight (UK time) on 27 December.

Rapture Theatre – Enjoy Rapture Mini Bites, a series of online, bite sized performances curated by Co-Artistic Director, Michael Emans. Every Friday they publish a reading, speech, poem, song or dance routine performed by one of the stars of previous Rapture shows. Find them on Facebook or Rapture Theatre’s website.

National Theatre of Scotland – #ScenesForSurvival – Scenes for Survival is a new season of 50 + digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their website for more information.

The Scotsman – The Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Tricky Hat Productions – Following cancelled performances in Scotland and Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Flames launched a digital collaboration. This pilot collaboration was a huge success; enabling Tricky Hat to keep the Scottish and Japanese Flames connected during a turbulent period. Now, The Flames are reigniting for a new collaborative project. #DontStopTheFlames is taking place virtually and in-person where possible. Flames across Scotland, Japan and New Zealand are devising with Tricky Hat associate artists to create a series of eight films between September and February. Sharing The Flames’ raw, real experiences of life at the present moment, these films allow The Flames to tell their stories about a new way of living and offer fresh insights into navigating through this unchartered territory. The collaborative process, be it digitally or physically, will allow distinctive themes to emerge throughout the making of the series.