In the winter of 2010 Lacey Theatre Company embarked on turning a captivating re-telling of the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Bob Hartman into a fun filled, magical evening of theatre and song for everyone. There was a 23 date tour all over the UK with an average audience of 200 per show. the show was performed in churches, theatres and even stables at one point! Local bands and choirs provided Christmas carols as an accompaniment to a festive and fun show that sought to bring Dickens’ message of Christmas spirit to the modern day.
Touring in public venues only, for 6 weeks in the Autumn of 2008, the new look liberator was a hit. The play focuses on the character of Jesus, whilst the gospel story is retold with a 21st Century twist, running commentary, satire, and character insights. After creating the show in 2007, it was back by popular demand, seen by an audience of around 6000, whilst our schools work continued with ‘The Story So Far.’
Extracts from the The Liberator were used as part of St David’s praise which took place on 31st May 2008 at the celebrated St David’s Hall in Cardiff. The music by Aaron and Joe Kelly was adapted for orchestra - and a rapt audience of 2,500 applauded loudly! All in the Lacey camp were pretty happy about the whole thing, really.
In 2007 a new show was created based upon The Liberator, which was Rob’s final published work. He had adapted it into a script which Abby then refined, as in classic Rob style it was very long! Steve Stickley directed the new production, coming up with the brilliant idea of different blocks making an abstract set. The blocks were lovingly made by Keren - who was forced to draft in John for help after almost drowning herself in liquid latex! The show toured nationally for 14 weeks during the autumn / winter 2007 in community venues and schools to an audience of over 30,000.
The unforgettable John Lambert and beautiful Rhian Mclean starred in Christmas Presence (written by Abby Guinness and Rob Lacey) based on the first chapters of the liberator by Rob Lacey. The show was a satire of the commercial Christmas of recent years, whilst at the same time a rediscovery of the warmth and mystery of the original story. Audiences were given Santa hats whilst they laughed, enjoyed, and took in this fast moving feast of festive delight. The show toured for 6 weeks in both 2005-2006, and was seen by an audience of around 24,000 (communities and schools).
The Bible in 90 minutes based on Rob Lacey’s street bible, touring nationally in schools, prisons and churches throughout the UK. Keren, Emily and Rhian shone as storytellers of skill in this comic retelling which included the disciples as down to earth Australians, live music, singing and poetry.
Lacey Theatre Company began with Abby, Elin and Lucy, under the direction of Rob Lacey and Steve Stickley, doing a few tours here and there of Rob’s new book. The show was ‘genesis to revelation in 75 minutes’ and was developed from Rob’s original solo show, with music by Bill and Rachel Taylor Beales. Well we were all chuffed that people laughed at our jokes and seemed to keep booking. After over 300 shows, we decided we needed to find some more actors to put their stamp on the work, and take the Lacey banner forward. Enter Keren, Emily and Rhian.