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The Munch Mission

by Brave Bold Drama CIC

theatre, children-and-family

A fiendishly sneaky playable art heist adventure theatre show set in the world of international art galleries.

about the production

Full of mystery, nods to film noir and a broad streak of comedy, 'The Munch Mission' follows quirky, affable agents Kahlo & Dali of the Company of International Artitsts as they attempt to retrieve artwork stolen from Oslo National Museum. The audience are in-role as newly recruited agents of the CIA to help Kahlo & Dali chase leads, decipher clues and interview suspects to get to the bottom of the art theft. To bolster this role, new recruits are issued a Covid-safe kit on arrival to utilise during the show to help them solve the mystery of the missing Munch.

about the artist

Brave Bold Drama was established in 2013. We create award-winning devised theatre for family audiences, write original music, design and deliver small and medium scale participatory community arts events & projects and facilitate creative workshops for children’s centres, schools & care-homes. The company works to dismantle the financial and cultural barriers that prevent some members of our local working class community from accessing cultural and artistic events and from exploring their own creativity. We have made eight family shows, one for adults living with dementia and two theatre installations commissioned by Royal Society of Chemistry.

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stage dimensions

width: 5 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 4 metres

We can present this work without lighting in venues with limited technical capacity. We can also bring our own P.A system but would require a plug socket for the speaker and laptop, from which we operate the sound cues. For conventional theatre spaces a full tech rider will be presented in advance of the tour date.

- Families with children aged 6+
- Teachers with an interest in child development
- Fans of the spoken word, devised theatre, live music & improv
- Fans of detective fiction & the 'choose-your-own-adventure' style
format of books and online games
- Fans of interactive theatre

“It was brilliant to welcome Brave Bold Drama to The Theatre on the Downs with their fun, educational and interactive show, The Munch Mission. Part mysterious art heist and a film noir aesthetic, this is a show that engages children in the wonders of the art world through an exciting adventure across the world.”

Emily Greenslade, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Children’s Theatre Programmer for Theatre on the Downs

"Brave Bold Drama's The Munch Mission, brought new visitors to The Roman Townhouse in Dorchester. It was wonderful to see Agent Kahlo and Agent Dali bring art to life (sometimes literally) for our young visitors. The show demonstrates art in a playful way, it encourages curiosity and engagement in a subject that children often find has a lot of barriers. They incorporated artefacts found at The Roman Townhouse in their workshop and narrative, which made the audience think of the space in a whole new way. Very cleverly curated and very well received!"

Georgina Bolt, Arts Development Company, Dorset

"...a massively impactful and majorly memorable entertainment...The on-stage chemistry between Lawless and Simmons crackles with artistic energy...for the audience at which this show is aimed, the pitch is damn near perfect."

Dan Lentell, Get Your Coats On

Our experience making family work means we know this show is suitably pitched. The show has bold visual, and aural elements and bold movement sequences to create an immersive, enriching and stimulating experience. Participatory moments within the show are not be restricted to able-bodied audience members only.

We can facilitate a one-hour post-show workshop. This workshop is directly inspired by the artwork featured in the show. We will encourage
children to broadly interpret Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ through open-ended prompts. We will then gather their ideas and suggestions in order to create a brand new song - using their ideas as lyrics. Whilst we write the song, the children will create their own Munch inspired self-portraits on cardboard which is linked to their interpretation of the Scream. Their ideas will form the basis of verse lyrics and the chorus will be set lyrics with simple
choreography.

£650 for a one-show day, £850 for two-show day.

A comprehensive risk assessment incorporating Covid-safe procedures will be provided by the company.