The look and feel of a show is very important to us, which is why we spend most of our rehearsal period performing on the fully-built set, to make sure all the elements work as they should. While the performers are busily perfecting their movements, the stage managers are working just as hard to look after the conkers, leaves, lights, pine cones and real trees that make up our forest, to make sure everything is exactly right.

As the design of a show is so important to our company, we do as much of our rehearsals as possible on the completed set. These are some photographs taken from the last few rehearsals before we began our tour, performing with leaves, lights, string, and of course our real trees.

We have something exciting to announce.

To celebrate the cross-country adventure that isThe Forest's UK tour, we've been organising another kind of adventure for you to have in forests up and down the country: It’s The Forest treasure hunt.

Hidden in the trees near five of our tour locations, we’ve planted boxes of treasure for you to find. Armed with a map, a compass and a sense of adventure, anyone is welcome to head outside and see what they find in the forest. If you like the sound of uncovering something special in the logs and leaves, then you can find out more information in the tab on the left, “The Forest treasure hunt”, which has all the information you need to get you started.

The locations will be made public over the next few weeks, but the first site, in Ipswich, is live already. And astonishingly, two plucky explorers have already laid their hands on it, including one particularly intrepid explorer who braved the snow to be the first to find the box with his dog, Ruby.

Visit our Treasure Hunt Page…

We’ll let you know as soon as our hiding places in Lancaster, Birmingham, Cardiff and Caernarfon are revealed, but in the meantime, please let us know if you have any luck finding our treasure in Ipswich. Tweet us @feveredsleep or find us on Facebook.

Happy hunting!

Always consider your safety when searching for the treasure.  Children should be accompanied by an adult and always tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to be back.

For more information on Geocaching safely, download this pdf.

A forest is a place of overheadness. There’s something about height. Something about the space above you extending up to beyond the sky, revealing the sky, concealing the sky.

A forest is a place of overheadness. There’s something about height. Something about the space above you extending up to beyond the sky, revealing the sky, concealing the sky.

Forests are scale. The trees are massively bigger than me. I am massively bigger than these insects in the leaves. The acorn becomes the oak. This sapling will tower one day. The adult looks up. The child looks down.

Forests are scale. The trees are massively bigger than me. I am massively bigger than these insects in the leaves. The acorn becomes the oak. This sapling will tower one day. The adult looks up. The child looks down.

Leaf

the leaf that now lies being made

in its shell of scale, the hush of things

unseen inside, the heartbeat of dead wood.

the slow through-flow that feeds

a form curled under, hour by hour

the thick reissuing starlike shapes

of cells and pores and water-rods

which builds up, which becomes a pressure,

a gradual fleshing out of a longing for light,

a small hand unfolding, feeling about.

into that hand the entire

object of the self being coldly placed,

the provisional, the inexplicable I

in mid-air, meeting the wind and dancing

- by Alice Oswald