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Puppet Animation Festival is back next month!
Beacon Arts Centre are set to host a digital performance and interactive session for early years audiences as part of this years festival. For more information and to book, visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/
Constantly shifting and changing, human hands move and morph in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures as we journey through water, earth and air. A story of survival and struggle, of connection and transformation and a reminder of the playfulness of living. After all, we humans are animals too.
An innovative and playful visual journey combining visual theatre, an original soundtrack and puppetry. An exploration of all living things being made of the same fundamental building blocks. As in evolution, Hopeful Monsters starts with a single element (the hand), pushes it to its limits and sees how much it can do and become.
Hopeful Monster is the company’s debut show. With unusual visuals and detailed movement, an original soundtrack and no spoken dialogue, it is a bold piece of physical performance which has been performed in England, Scotland, France, Australia and Lithuania.
“The simple joy of discovery and the elegance of taking simple components takes us on a fabulous transforming adventure” – Associate Director, Creative Technology Company
Saturday 10 April | 2:30
Tickets: £10 / £7 conc
Up and Down
Two characters inspired by the elements of earth and air. Troggle digs for treasure and has burrowing animal friends, Mira sings a lot and plays with the weather. They are otherworldly and charming people who share aspects of their very different worlds with the visitors who come to tea. They offer a window each into their distinct and intriguing homes, playing with each other and sending gifts through their tin-can phones.
Developed in May 2020 with the support of Starcatchers the aim of Up and Down is to support the bridging of the gap that has arisen in lockdown between very young children and their grandparents particularly, but other adults in their lives too. Families have found that when communicating through video chat a shared activity of some kind supports connection where adult-centric sitting and talking falls short. We use our skills in creating multi-sensory performances to offer a lived-through, shared experience for distanced families. Using the medium of Zoom with the performers and different households each in their own screen the multi-sensory interaction is achieved through an adult in each house being complicit in a few pre-planned objects, snacks and effects. Families are spread across households but everyone is active – for example when Mira drops a silver ball of scrunched up cloud from the sky everyone has a ball of silver foil fall into their ready hands and can see the others on the screen receiving theirs.
Ipdip are a Scottish-based theatre company who create work for very young children and their families with the express purpose of encouraging interaction and imaginative play.
Saturday 17 April | 10am
Tickets: £10 / £7 conc