Sift the flour,
Beat the eggs,
Add the butter,
This is a story about the Baker and his Daughter,
and the Queen and her Son.
It’s Prince Fredrik’s 9th birthday,
but who will bake the royal birthday cake?
As things heat up in the busy basement kitchen of the Queen’s palace,
the young apprentice baker Madeleine attempts to prove herself to her Father.
A delightful new theatre experience for young audiences performed by Paul Curley and designed by Ger Clancy, Bake! invites the audience into the action of the busy basement of the royal palace. Get stuck in, but be warned, things could get messy.
Bake! whips up the collaborative efforts of a team of highly skilled theatre artists, rolling up their sleeves together: performer and writer Paul Curley, sculptor and designer Ger Clancy, lighting designer Stephen Dodd, composer and sound designer Jack Cawley, director Philip Hardy, and creative producer Lian Bell. The team is up at the crack of dawn, sweating over the ovens and sweeping up flour to bring a fresh and exciting theatre experience to family audiences around the country later this year. The show is being independently produced and is relying on fundraising, baking powder, elbow grease and goodwill. Your contribution will go towards helping us to realise a high quality, tourable, performance for 4-6 year olds and their families.
Bake! will premiere at The Ark, Ireland's dedicated cultural centre for children, on Saturday 30th August and will have subsequent presentations at Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on Saturday 13th September, and Draíocht in Blanchardstown on Saturday 20th September. It is the ambition that after these first presentations, Bake! will take to the road next year, and your support will be gratefully acknowledged as being part of what made it all possible.
So, take a moment to put down your rolling pin, dust off your apron, and give us some much kneaded dough. Any contribution you can make to help us make Bake! is hugely appreciated.
Paul Curley is an independent theatre artist (actor and writer) with particular expertise and interest in creating the highest standards of theatre for young audiences. He is a member of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) and is a participant in Six in the Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute resource-sharing initiative. Recent work includes the critically acclaimed WillFredd Theatre production of FARM, Barnstorm Theatre's exciting new play for 4-7yrs The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket, Mr Benn with Tall Stories London, An Ideal Husband at the Gate Theatre, and Plaza Suite with Rough Magic.
We would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Irish Theatre Institute, The Ark, Barnstorm Theatre, Draíocht and Riverbank Arts Centre.