An interest in books leads a local librarian to a primary school, where they discuss literature and favourite books and stories. The discovery of a strange mysterious locked book and a shared love of the book ‘How to Live Forever’ by Colin Thompson leads to the mysterious arrival of the Lost Lending Library.
A selection of projects in which Fran has been involved as a performer can be found below.
Mr and Mrs Winter invite children to join them in their warm and welcoming cottage, as they are preparing for a winter feast. Unfortunately they’ve mislaid the key to their larder! The children join them on their journey through a secret forest to find the missing key.
From Greek Gods who have been evicted from Olympus to explorers with no sense of direction, primary classes face an unusual day at school when strange characters burst into the classroom with a big problem that only pupils can fix. A world of possibilities open up when fossils are discovered beneath the playground, a lady with a mysterious suitcase needs help unlocking the contents and Zeus strides into the school hall.
Jasmine the kitten has been cat-napped, and Varjak Paw himself contacts the class to ask for their urgent help. Alone in a small room, Jasmine learns to type, and communicates with the pupils by email. Over six interactive episodes the class must work together to help Jasmine escape and find her way back to Varjak.
On Good Friday, the story of the Passion is retold and reimagined through the eyes of a female Christ. An evening of performance, ritual and music exploring suffering and grief from a unique perspective, in the atmospheric Union Chapel.
At Halloween, when the veil is thin between the world of the living and the dead, Union Chapel hosts an immersive theatre piece exploring the witch craze that took place across Europe during the 15th to 18th centuries.
A theatrical journey through Peter Grimes’ Aldeburgh. Lines between spaces, performer and spectator blur to create an unforgettable experience. This version sets the story somewhere between George Crabbe’s poem The Borough and Britten’s masterpiece, Peter Grimes. It takes audience members on individual theatrical journeys around Grimes’ town, following in his footsteps and hearing Britten’s score.
The Crash Of The Elysium was a live Doctor Who theatre adventure created especially for children and families and was conceived in close collaboration with Doctor Who’s creative team at the BBC, including Stephen Moffat and Tom McRae. The show has played to an audience of nearly 7,000 in Manchester and Ipswich.
Significant Human Error is a show about mistakes and change, told through six hilarious and original characters including Dan Riley, the horndog theologian, Ryan, the base-jumping Aussie legend, Morgana Haught, the celeb correspondent for a liberal broadsheet, and Sarah, the teenager from Bolton who’s just converted to Islam.
Up, Up and Away brings to life the tale of Marianne Montgolfier, Vincent Lunardi and Bernard Blanchard. As story balloonists they travel the world, letting the wind carry them from place to place, collecting, gathering and telling stories.