Mad comedy and wine at The Hawth

Expect larger-than-life characters, mad comedy, pirates and, of course, wine by the barrel load in this original devised piece of physical and inventive theatre, packed with rumbustious songs and live music.

Wednesday, 6th February 2013, 12:49 pm

Théâtre Sans Frontières’ latest production Canary Gold is an amusing satire based on tales around 500 glorious years of wine trade between the Canary Islands and the UK.

Suitable for ages 15 and above, the show is performed in English and Spanish, with a little French, and is surtitled.

Malmsey wine: pure Canary gold - once the most sought-after tipple on the high seas! Served at aristocratic tables throughout Europe, quoted by Shakespeare and used to toast the American Declaration of Independence, this was no ordinary wine. In present day Canary Wharf, wine traders and financiers gather for a prestigious wine tasting, hoping to grab the investment opportunity of the decade.

A rare Canarian wine has come on to the market. Is it the real thing or an elaborate forgery?

As the mystery surrounding this dusty old bottle begins to unravel, judge for yourself who the real pirates are!

This production is acollaboration between TSF and Tenerife-based theatre company Teatro Tamaska.

The show is directed by Carlos Belda, Artistic Director of Teatro Tamaska; the set and costumes are designed by Newcastle-based Alison Ashton (Les Aventures de Lapin and La Chanson du Retour); the lighting design is by Dimas Cedrés (Teatro Tamaska); and original music is by Jack Burton of award-winning Co. Durham-based arts co-operative Jack Drum Arts.

The international cast comprises: John Cobb (UK), joint artistic director of TSF who has performed in or directed most of TSF’s productions; Paddy Burton (UK), a director of Jack Drum Arts (Contes Dorés and La Pelota Mágica); French actor and singer Sophie Millon (La Tulipe Noire and Aladin et la Lampe enchantée); and Canarian actor with Teatro Tamaska, Josefa Suárez (Islands).

Known for its vibrant and innovative productions of world theatre in the original language, TSF has previously performed [Lorca: Amor en el Jardín/Como Agua Para Chocolate/Aladin et la Lampe Enchantée/El Sombrero de Tres Picos/Les Trois Mousquetaires/Islands] at [your venue].

Tickets priced £14 (discounts: £12). Schools/Out:Smart: £8.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or online at