WORKSHOPS : Discover, design, perform
The light, the screen and the puppet are all variable elements of contemporary shadow theatre, with huge expressive power.
Shadow theatre workshops permit each participant to animate their own puppet characters, and find their own voices. Where possible we work with professional writers to help fulfil this potential.
We explore lights, screens and objects/puppets, creating performances and installations.
A live musical accompaniment can be provided by the participants and/or the company. We have a wealth of percussion instruments of varying ethnicities, and can provide support with the clarinet and piano accordion too.
Workshops can be planned according to the themes or topics that suit each group.
Seasonal projects :
'Pathways to the North Pole' is an immersive winter project, taking participants on an outdoor trail of arctic footprints, to a polar research station, where they hear the sound of a bearded seal singing under the ice. They have a snack, hear a story, and return to their classes, where together we make a 3-D winter landscape for classroom play.
'How Night Came' is a summer project, based on the Brazilian folktale.
Summer sunshine is wonderful - but where is the calming darkness of night time?
A Victorian explorer, Miss Cecilia Cree, leads exploration of this 'how it became' comedy, set in the rainforest.
Designed for 4 - 7 year -olds, and, like all of our workshops, led by a qualified teacher.
Supporting information for school staff, referencing the National Curriculum, precedes the visit.