Locations explored in different ways at Woodend Barn

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The location in which a performance takes place will always have an effect on how it is conveyed.

Two productions coming up at Woodend Barn in Banchory explore this effect in different ways.

The King’s Speech (UK 2010, cert 12A) at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 7, is the story of Bertie, the shy younger brother of the new king of England, who is thrust into the limelight when his brother abdicates to be with Wallis Simpson.

Bertie become King Edward VII and has to overcome his debilitating speech impediment in order to lead his country with confidence.

He must learn to speak to his people in person and through the medium of radio with the help of eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue - a relationship which starts badly but becomes a firm and long-lasting friendship.

From palace cupboards to sporting stadia, the new king learns ways of addressing his people.

Bizet’s opera Carmen is used as the basis for multi award-winning dance company Smallpetitklein’s new production, CUT.

Described as a ‘site-specific’ production, the company will be at Woodend Barn for a week’s residency before sharing their work with the audience on Friday, February 10 (6-7pm).

This exciting work-in-progress blends Bizet’s score with new music by Quee MacArthur. Not only with the company use the dancefloor, but they will take the dancers out and around the Barn making CUT the most unusual performance at the Barn to date.

Tickets can be obtained from the box office on (01330) 825431 or the website at: www.woodendbarn.co.uk