Thursday 15 April 2021
A Little Bit of Blue
A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, told with puppetry. As well as unravelling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian animal, the Satin Bowerbird, and their fascination for the colour blue. It is a fun frolicking mix of Detective Noir, slapstick, with some interesting facts thrown in.
Mavis’s world is turned upside-down by small disappearances. Something has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but the thief then takes it one step too far Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. The Detective, Harry McGee, an adorable fool, makes a mess of the investigation, and the children love always being one step of ahead of him. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar…. The children’s role is to help him solve the case.
Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves the whole mystery together, sometimes playing three characters at once. The young audience will gasp with surprise, sigh with the sadness, shout in outrage, cheer with triumph, and dance with joy as they follow the sneaky bowerbird on his journey to find love.
Playing with Light: Shadow Puppetry Workshop
Watch as your drawings leap to life, off the page and onto the stage!
This workshop is an introduction to the artform of shadow puppetry. It is an exploration of this hands-on storytelling medium that is highly accessible to young people. The outcomes are immediate; allowing children to build characters and their worlds quickly, achieving a lot in a short period of time. In this workshop, students are led through the process of imagining and designing their own unique puppet characters. They are then guided through the steps of realising their designs, and cutting and crafting their own individual puppets. In the shorter version of the workshop, students are acquainted with the techniques of performing with their puppets, and get to have a taste of performing on the shadow screen. In the longer version, students work together in small groups to write their own shows. With an experienced shadow puppeteer to a reveal a few tricks of the trade, they then have the opportunity to perform their shows to the group on a real shadow puppet screen.
Children will leave the workshop with their own shadow puppet, and the skills to develop their own shows.
Duration: Between 60 to 90 mins
Recommended ages: 4 – 12 years
All materials provided.
Limited spaces available — tickets must be bought prior to attending.