This adaptation of a Scottish folktale was commissioned by the 2014 Kicking the Bucket festival.
Dedicated to Malin Bergman and Bernard Andrews
A musician and a storyteller wander with their sand bag and their ocean drum full of stories, looking for somewhere to tell one.
Jack is a boy who lives by the sea with his wonderful grandmother. When she falls ill, he fights Old Man Death, who shrinks and is thrown out to sea. But funny things start to happen, and Jack begins to see things differently... Avoiding simple answers, the show explores difficult experiences within a gentle atmosphere, with Swedish and Scottish folktunes, and a wide variety of shadow puppets.
The 25 minute performance is followed by refreshments (where possible, our vintage tea party) and an art activity
'[It made me feel] upset and happy - Grandma died but then they had a celebration.' Victory School pupil, Southwark
Red Balloon, Harrow :
'Thank you so much for treating us with a beautiful show full of creative imagery and fantastic music and still-echoing stories.'
Where Are You Now?
Reflections on catastrophic brain injury
A shadow puppet play commissioned by the Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre
Developed in collaboration with Professor Jenny Kitzinger of Cardiff University, and Professor Celia Kitzinger of the University of York.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of both Cardiff University for the initial development of this project, and the University of York for the inaugural performances.
A soundtrack using the voices from four families who have a relative in a minimally conscious or vegetative state is combined with a sequence of images, exploring the endemic and troubling dilemmas associated with this situation.
The combination of the voices, the music, the intimacy of the performance and the puppets - which were so, so cleverly made, for me was deeply emotive and portrayed so much of the key messages and essence of what we're all trying to get across to others. (Physiotherapist)
Molly Whuppie and other stories : performance storytelling in a huge story lantern.
Meet Molly Whuppie, the feistiest, wittiest lass in Scottish folklore, as she deftly overcomes a giant...
Suitable for small theatres, schools and family audiences from the age of 3 upwards.
'...a brilliant opportunity to introduce children to a more traditional way of storytelling where they had to concentrate and use their imaginations' ...member of Friends of Honeywood Museum, London 2014
' A magical atmosphere - and a lovely Christmas treat!' Frost Fair audience member, 2014
Technical requirements :
Parking and access needs to be near the stage area.
Access to performance area prior to performance : 1 hour
Time taken to dismantle and remove set : 1 hour
Electrical power : One 13 amp powerpoint
Blackout : semi- darkness is required, no skylights.
Space required for set : 2 m deep x 2 m wide x 2 m high