Wise Children bring back live theatre after lockdown with streamed production of their delicious new musical

Header image: Emma Rice – Copyright Guardian News Media Ltd 2018

Since launching her new theatre company with the self-titled Wise Children in 2018-19, visionary director Emma Rice has gone from strength to strength, heaping up critical acclaim and building a loyal fanbase hungry for her trademark theatrical wit and wonder.

As a company, Wise Children have been internet savvy from the start, plugging in to the appetites of a digitally voracious following with podcasts, livestreams, a custom-made app and subscriber-exclusive content.

It’s partly this that’s put them in a good position to weather the Covid-19 storm, generating excitement around Twitch streams, online courses and the cozily titled Tea and Biscuits with Emma Rice – a series of weekly chats with fellow theatre artists and creatives.

Having co-produced their debut show as well as hosting it last year, we’ve been delighted to tuck in to the chocolate box of digital treats that they’ve been sharing with audiences throughout lockdown, and we’re even more excited to be part of their latest project – a virtual tour of their latest production, Romantics Anonymous.

Undeterred by Covid cancellations, the team have found another way to work their magic on audiences around the world, broadcasting their delicious new show LIVE from Bristol Old Vic from 22-26 September. Each night, performances will be virtually “hosted” by partner theatres and tailored for their audiences, with the Belgrade taking its turn on Wednesday 23 September.

Based on the film Les Émotifs Anonymes, this deliciously tender love story is all about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy – just the thing to lift our spirits in these trying times! Filled with original music and spectacular theatrics, it follows the blossoming romance between Angélique, a gifted but timid chocolate-maker, and Jean-René, the equally awkward owner of a struggling chocolate factory.

Ahead of the run, the entire company will self-quarantine, enabling them to perform the show in full without any need for social distancing. And to complete the experience, you can even purchase custom chocolates from The Meaningful Chocolate Company to snack on while you watch!

Before the musical hits the Midlands, Emma Rice told us more about the making of the show and boldly stepping into the unknown with their ambitious livestream plans.