The Adventures of Isabel is a critically acclaimed, immersive dance theatre production for children aged between 3 and 7 years inspired by 19th and 20th century poetry about childhood.

The piece follows the exciting escapades of the frightfully fearless Isabel as she embarks on an epic adventure, encountering four fearsome foes along the way.  

This production is a fable for young and old alike, uncovering universal truths about overcoming obstacles, adversity and challenges before returning to the sanctuary of home.

Audiences are welcomed into Isabel’s garden, to sit in the flower beds (raised panels that reveal treasures throughout the show).  This world is transformed through Isabel’s imagination, and the audience join her on this journey.  The performance is an epic voyage through different worlds and landscapes – water, forest and circus – as Isabel faces many challenges, confronts her fears and learns about her emerging independence. The audience are encouraged to take part in various sections of the show and get out of their seats to dance alongside the cast.

Featuring choreography by multi award-winning choreographer Thomas Small, set and costume design by acclaimed designer Claire Halleran, lighting by Simon Gane and animation by Retchy.

Created with support from Creative Scotland.  Co-commissioned by Citymoves Dance Agency.


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Cast & Creative Team

Alex McCrossan

 With Alex having zero interest in anything other than football at a young age, it seemed unlikely that she would form any creative interest, let alone dance. However, her love for Northern Soul and Stax music meant that dance was definitely on the horizon for her at some point – having begun her dance career at 13 through competitive hip hop and breakdance, she grew curious of other styles and enrolled in contemporary, ballet and jazz classes in preparation for starting full time college training.  Alex studied her first two years in Professional Dance Performance in Glasgow and progressed onto complete her BA Honours in Dance through Northumbria University in 2016. She is also a member of the teachers institution of “Progressing Ballet Technique”.  Since graduating, Alex has worked in several different sectors of the dance industry – she has choreographed with Tim Noble, performed and worked with students of Singapore’s School of the Arts and was a member of the dance lecturer faculty of Glasgow Kelvin College’s HND and NQ dance courses since the age of 20.  Alex joined Shaper/Caper in 2018 thanks to funding support from Creative Scotland's Year of Young People Creative Traineeship Fund.

With Alex having zero interest in anything other than football at a young age, it seemed unlikely that she would form any creative interest, let alone dance. However, her love for Northern Soul and Stax music meant that dance was definitely on the horizon for her at some point – having begun her dance career at 13 through competitive hip hop and breakdance, she grew curious of other styles and enrolled in contemporary, ballet and jazz classes in preparation for starting full time college training.

Alex studied her first two years in Professional Dance Performance in Glasgow and progressed onto complete her BA Honours in Dance through Northumbria University in 2016. She is also a member of the teachers institution of “Progressing Ballet Technique”.

Since graduating, Alex has worked in several different sectors of the dance industry – she has choreographed with Tim Noble, performed and worked with students of Singapore’s School of the Arts and was a member of the dance lecturer faculty of Glasgow Kelvin College’s HND and NQ dance courses since the age of 20.

Alex joined Shaper/Caper in 2018 thanks to funding support from Creative Scotland's Year of Young People Creative Traineeship Fund.

 

Concept, Choreography and Direction:
Thomas Small

Set and Costume Design:
Claire Halleran

Animation by:
Retchy

Devised by:
Ellen Cobbaert, Laurel Dalley Smith, Josh Hawkins and Thomas Small



Promoters Information

We have various resources available including a Promoters Booklet with detailed information about the production and a Marketing Pack to support venues to sell the production.  We can also provide you with images, a press release and print.  

 

If you would like a Promoters Booklet or for more information about the show, please contact: 

Yolanda Aguilar

Director of Operations

E: yolanda@shapercaper.com