That's shallot of onions! New show debuting at Norwich Theatre

A new show, called Wild Onion, is debuting at Norwich Theatre where onions take centre stage.

A new show, called Wild Onion, is debuting at Norwich Theatre where onions take centre stage. - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

A city-based theatre company is having their big comeback show which looks to be the most outlandish yet - where onions take centre stage.

Usually associated with making people cry - the aim of the play is to bring tears of laughter to the audience's eyes.

The company, called Orange Skies, which was set up back in 2016 is stepping back on to the theatre scene once again after a brief hiatus with their show Wild Onion.

Rachel Elizabeth Coleman, who is one of the Artistic Directors, along with Daisy Minto have partnered with Adam Fullick to put on the show.

Wild Onion is performed by Rachel Elizabeth Coleman, Daisy Minto and Adam Fullick of Orange Skies Theatre.

Wild Onion is performed by Rachel Elizabeth Coleman, Daisy Minto and Adam Fullick of Orange Skies Theatre. - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

Rachel said: "We've been doing some smaller shows but this is our big comeback performance.

"We're really excited - it's an incredibly joyful experience which mixes dance, theatre and circus art.

"I think after recent events people want to escape to something that has some really funny and rich moments.

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"It explores the joy and excitement of friendship and being together after being apart for so long."

Wild Onion has around 100 different onions per show, from leaks, red onions, shallots and spring onions.

Wild Onion has around 100 different onions per show, from leaks, red onions, shallots and spring onions. - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

What makes Wild Onion different though are the vegetable the show's name bears.

Rachel added: "We've got more than 100 onions at each show, from spring onions, leaks, shallots, white and red onions - we use them in fun and unique ways.

"We'll be smashing them, throwing them at each other, into the crowd and they also make a pretty good moustache.

Wild Onion will be shown at Norwich Theatre Stage Two between 6-7 May.

Wild Onion will be shown at Norwich Theatre Stage Two between 6-7 May. - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

"It's used as a fun manifestation of what people and friendships are like.

"We've never made a show with real food before and it can be quite smelly - but in a good way."

The show sees three friends, played by Rachel, Daisy and Adam, and how each of them tackle adversities in their life with the help of one another.

Wild Onion mixes mixes dance, theatre and circus art in one performance along with, of course, onions.

Wild Onion mixes mixes dance, theatre and circus art in one performance along with, of course, onions. - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman

Rachel added: "It has some challenging themes like violence towards women and grief but it focuses on how we move forward and grow through such things.

"It's why the show is uplifting - because we look less at the dark moments and more about how integral our friendships are."

The family-friendly show is debuting between 6-7 May at Norwich Theatre Stage Two.

Rachel Elizabeth Coleman said: "We'll be smashing onions, throwing them and they also make a pretty good moustache."

Rachel Elizabeth Coleman said: "We'll be smashing onions, throwing them at each other, into the crowd and they also make a pretty good moustache." - Credit: Rachel Elizabeth Coleman