Find the castle. Solve the riddle. Change the world?
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GreenandPleasantLand fuses physical theatre, live music and folk traditions in an epic adventure for audiences aged 7 upwards. Join us on a quest powered by bicycle-generators through lands of curious customs and peoples of peculiar habits, to find a happier, greener future.
Developed in residence at the Dartington Space with the support of the Dartington Hall Trust, with additional support from Lanternhouse, the Nightingale, South Street Arts and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
fanSHEN tells stories of real people exploring big questions. We seek to challenge, confound and surprise.
We create accessible performance pieces for theatres and non-traditional locations which ask audiences to engage imaginatively with ideas, to look at the world through the eyes of others and to ask, ‘Is there another way?’
fanSHEN is a cultural enterprise run by Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe, who formed the company in 2005. We work with an ensemble of other artists who share our appetite for ideas and exciting performance. We have produced eight full productions and many cultural events which encourage audiences to explore the socio-political ideas of our theatre work in a different context.
fanSHEN’s work is rooted in collaboration: we work closely with professionals and communities, especially young people, to develop work with relevance and appeal. Dialogue is at the heart of fanSHEN's artistic practice and collaborators are welcomed into a team with the co-directors at its centre. We have an active commitment to reaching demographic groups currently underrepresented in theatre audiences. Our work is characterised by a combination of visual storytelling resonant of contemporary cinematic styles and psychological detail which allows audiences to empathise with characters alien to them.
In 2009/10, fanSHEN were recipients of the Young Angels Theatremakers Award, after gaining critical acclaim from audiences and reviewers.