Shopworks
Previous Show
Ages 6 plus
Dates 2003 London and Vienna
a large female puppet made out of old cloth and sack, with a large button nose, glasses and heavy eyebrows
©Trine Andersen
"London's most theatrical experience."
- The Guardian

About the Show

Shopworks began life when Theatre-Rites took over an empty corner shop in Tooting, London. Commissioned by LIFT and Wiener Festwochen it was performed throughout May 2003 in London, before transferring to a disused corner shop in Vienna for June 2003. In Vienna the show was recreated for the new space and performed in a combination of German and English.

This is a shop with a mind of its own … Step off the street into the Theatre-Rites shop – a world of wondrous transformations and strange happenings where the items for sale take on a life of their own. Meet the inhabitants, a bizarre group of shop assistants in brown coats clinging to their daily routines – collecting, sorting, weighing, wrapping, labelling and stacking. In this apparently ordinary world, discover what lurks beyond the counter and journey deep into the hidden back rooms.

"Theatre-Rites has done it again. The show is off to Vienna this week, for the Vienna Festwochen: I'll be that wonderfu city has never seen anything like it in its life!" - Animations Online
Charles Broughton
Kyriaki Doxara
Michael Mellinger
Christabel Muir
Stella Sargeson
Helen Shearcroft
Yvonne Stone
Sue Buckmaster
Director
Gary Stevens
Guest Artist
Sophia Clist
Installation Artist
Evelyn Ficarra
Sound Designer
Sebastian Hall
Lighting Designer
Mervyn Millar
Assistant Director
Caroline Thaw
Assistant Director
"London's most theatrical experience."
- The Guardian
"Theatre-Rites has done it again. The show is off to Vienna this week, for the Vienna Festwochen: I'll be that wonderfu city has never seen anything like it in its life!"
- Animations Online
"I just had to mail you to say how wonderful myself and my family thought your ‘Shopworks’ was. We have now seen 3 past productions and each and every time you consistently raise the benchmark of what theatre should be. Your collective vision and imagination is nothing short of inspiring."
- Audience Member
"in the course of an hour it develops in an adventure for all."
★★★★
- The Financial Times
"Theatre-rites is one of those rare companies who produce theatre for children which is also immensely satisfying for adults. There are worlds within worlds operating here, surprises in every cupboard and cubbyhole. London’s most theatrical experience. "
- The Guardian