Hello again everybody. Sorry to have gone a bit quiet for a while. This January I have been mostly attending lots of networking meetings, making plans for the year etc. So I thought I’d wait till I had something a bit more exciting to blog about.
Last week though I visited Ladybarn Primary School in Manchester. The Year 2s were doing a project called Puppets & Magic. The teachers planned to make hand puppets out of felt with the children and wanted them to be inspired by seeing some professionally made puppets. So I performed our Shadow Puppet Show “The Interrupted Wedding” and did a bit of a lecture demonstration looking at different types of puppet from around the world and some of the history etc. Then I showed the children some performance techniques and then the children played with different types of puppets themselves. “The Interrupted Wedding” is performed using an umbrella for a shadow screen and is a show we use for parties as well as in schools. The show went down extremely well with the children who really enjoyed the story. This story is an original one written by Rough Magic Theatre’s own Tim Austin. It is always nice when children tell you they have enjoyed something without being prompted. In my experience children give very honest reactions compared to adults who might want to be polite and spare your feelings. They also seemed to particularly enjoy seeing some of the puppets from other Rough Magic Theatre productions that I brought in for them to see. There were 2 rod puppets from our version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, (Stephano and Caliban), the “Pig/Baby” double ended “mouth” puppet from Alice in Wonderland and the Bunraku style Alice puppet with real hair, (which came off my own head). The Alice puppet is fun to show how she works as you can see all her insides by lifting up her dress, (kids always find that kind of thing funny) and then of course her head can be removed to show the hand control. Seeing the Alice puppet’s body without its head is also something children appreciate a lot! The next school we are visiting is in Keighley where we will be doing our “Hansel & Gretel” show and doing a shoe-box toy theatre workshop. You can read about this workshop in an earlier blog post HERE. If you are interested in booking any of the above shows or workshops please get in contact. Click HERE to get in touch.