Where are performances?
We perform outdoors in local parks and public areas, sometimes in association with festivals. Have a look at our Tour Schedule here.
Outdoors, like in the weather?
Yes. It’s wise to bring some sun protection, like a hat and sunscreen, and a bottle of water. For San Francisco performances, you may also want to pack a winter parka. If it rains lightly, we’ll keep going… but heavy rains can make it unsafe for the actors to continue. If we have to cancel the performance because of rain, we hope you’ll be able to see us at another location.
Do you have chairs?
Not usually! You’re welcome to bring your own camp chair or cushion, or a picnic blanket. We’ll ask those with higher chairs to sit further from the stage, and those with blankets or low chairs to sit closer so that everyone can see. On Opening Night, August 15, you get a chair! And an intermission. This is very fancy.
Do I need a ticket?
Not usually! Most shows are free to the public. Some are special events, and if tickets are required, it’ll say so on the Tour Schedule. These shows are rather expensive for us to produce, so please consider giving a donation if you enjoy the show. We also have VIP Packages for donors who would like some extra perks, like a special seating area and some fun swag. Contact our Head Honcho, TheProfessorPHD at gmail dot com for more info in VIP Packages.
How long is the performance?
Depending on our performance location, the show will be either 60 or 80 minutes long. Arrive early (20 minutes or so) to see the ensemble setting up the stage; arrive late if you want; and feel free to leave any time. We don’t usually have an intermission, except on opening night.
Why would I come late or leave early?
Each show contains a number of stories that are each about 10 to 15 minutes long, so there are natural breaks in the narrative. That makes it easier for families with kids to watch as much as the kids are interested in watching, and passersby to join in the fun at any time.
What ages will enjoy O Best Beloved?
We think everyone will! Younger tots might miss some of the wordplay, but will enjoy the physical acting and silly jokes. Elementary schoolers will love Kipling’s nonsensical language and the ensemble’s slapstick, and middle schoolers will especially enjoy the way the ensemble interacts with the audience and use ingenious props to tell the stories. High-school-aged kids and adults can indulge their inner children and catch on to some of the more sophisticated jokes and references. The content is appropriate for everyone, unless you would prefer not to see a scene performed in comical underpants.
What is FluxWagon?
FluxWagon is our mobile stage. She looks like a Romani vardo, or gypsy wagon, at first… until just before showtime! Arrive at the performance site early to watch the ensemble transform FluxWagon into our stage. Check out our FluxWagon blog posts for more info.
Still have questions? Want to say “Hello”?
Drop us a line at BestBelovedEnsemble at gmail dot com. We would love to hear from you!