Toys are Puppets
Here's a 4 minute video made by Charlotte (and household) during lockdown with some tips on bringing toys to life. Anything can be a puppet and a lot of us have all kinds of characters lying about that can be brought into stories, games, imaginative play - songs maybe? Making things a little bit more theatrical can grow the experience for everyone involved.
Look out for the brief cameo by dear old Cirrus! (now a bit grey) x
All our activities are on hold for the time being. We're sad not to be able to be meeting new audiences this spring but we're taking inspiration from our shy little mouse and looking for the signs of seasons shifting close to home. Stay strong, stay curious, and give yourself a hug when you need it.
We're delighted to be part of this colourful collection of performances, screenings and workshops happening across Scotland - Puppet Animation Festival 2020. Taking place between 28th March and 18th April, you can seek out Anonymouse here and there between 5th and 18th April. Designed to be accessible to the youngest of audience members - it's also a unique treat for older children and grown-ups. Here's a wee trailer.
Elves coming to Glasgow Southside
Dr Faye Greenwood can't wait to come and meet some new elfologists as part of Workers Theatre Weekender: Something Has To Happen. Shhh... the elves are very shy will be at The Deep End, Nithsdale Street, on Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th February. As long as we can find our elves of course. They are really, really good at hiding.
Autumn and Spring
We're pleased to announce that Anonymouse has been selected to be part of Puppet Animation Festival 2020 so our favourite little furry poet will be popping up across venues in Scotland during the Easter holidays next spring. But if you can't wait that long we have a one day visit to Paisley Arts Centre as part of Doors Open Day on 7th September. It looks to be a fun day all over so come along and make some new buddies : )
Thank you for letting us play!
We had a grand couple of weeks sharing games of Calvinball with folk who wouldn't have had the chance were it not for the support of people like The Robertson Trust to whom we raise a toast. Big thanks too, to The Maple Trust (as sweet as they sound), The Souter Trust (sooo nice), Foundation Scotland (who helped get the project off the ground) and The Lynn Foundation, who alongside the others are helping us with the second half of the project - Calvinball themed visual arts workshops! We met playful parents, preschoolers and prisoners; creative care home residents and a ton of terrific toddlers. And we didn't get rained on once. Which happened last time we took Calvinball out around Scotland. We may actually be magic.
Warming up for some more Calvinball
After our successful Awards for All supported tour of Head in the Clouds in 2017, we're delighted to be able to bring our work out again to groups of families who wouldn't otherwise get to come. And this time it's Calvinball!
So we're warming up a fresh cast, dusting down the orange whatnots and getting fine weather sorted for the middle of June.
This has been made possible with support from The Robertson Trust, The Maple Trust, The Souter Trust and Foundation Scotland so thank you all - we can't wait!
Elves in the North East
We're delighted to be taking our little elves to meet some new people in Tarland and Forglen on the 14th and 15th December. Perhaps a little early for snow so a good chance we might find some of the local elves hiding in the Aberdeenshire countryside. Thank you to North East Arts Touring (NEAT) for inviting us up!
And here's that trailer for the show again.
Elves at the Edinburgh Fringe
We've been loving meeting new elfologists at the Edinburgh Botanics as part of the Fringe festival.
And evidence of elves is being shared using #elfology on instagram, twitter and facebook. And here is a link to our trailer where you can meet elfologist Faye Greenwood.
Elves in Scotland and Wales
Dr Faye Greenwood is very excited to be taking her elf friends to meet new people in Clwyd and Edinburgh this summer. They've been hiding in all kinds of curious little places but with luck they'll be ready to come out and say 'hi' by the end of July. Tickets are on sale for the fringe dates here and for our one day in Mold here. And here she is herself to tell you more!
Shhh... the elves are very shy
Just like busy, shy little elves we've been working away on a new show. And now its ready to come out! Faye Greenwood will be sharing her knowledge and research into the lives of elves at The Bungo in Glasgow on 2nd and 3rd December and at Carnegie Hall Dunfermline on 7th, 8th and 9th. Look carefully, and you might also get to see some of her elfin friends. Happy spotting!
What a lovely summer we've had with Ipdip; Head in the Clouds touring in Wales and Calvinball a great success at the Botanics in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe. A major behind-the-scenes player in all of this was our producer the Wee Maverick herself, Janis Marshall-Reilly, so here she is in classy black and white. We'll be taking a little time now to write reports, some fresh applications and work on new ideas, that might include elves... watch this space.
Heading to Wales
Our sheep are getting very excited about their tour in Wales in July; hoping to meet some friendly new faces - maybe even some sheep? There are dates here, more about Head in the Clouds here, or click on this one for a wee trailer for the show.
Calvinball takes to the field again
We're taking to the great outdoors this August with Calvinball - our outdoor show for babies, toddlers, little ones and bigger ones. It's always a little different and heaps of fun whatever the weather. Go to the Edfringe website to get tickets and there's more information and pics here
If you'd like a little glimpse into what Head in the Clouds is all about here's a wee trailer put together by the splendid Paul Kozinski at Unscene Productions
Big Lottery Funding
Had to keep the big news under wraps for a while but now we can shout it from the rooftops! This spring we have received funding from Awards for All to support two weeks of free performances of Head in the Clouds. These shows will run alongside our Puppet Animation Festival tour and take place as visits to groups of young families who wouldn't otherwise be accessing live performance. It's an ambition Ipdip has had from the very beginning so we're super-excited to be realising it!
Puppet Animation Festival Tour
We're delighted to be touring Head in the Clouds with the Puppet Animation Festival this Easter - on the festival website you can see some of the excellent company we'll be keeping. And if you have a look at our dates page and see if we'll be coming to a venue near you!
We're very happy to announce that Head in the Clouds has been given Sell-out Laurels from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. A full run of packed out shows officially recognised by the Fringe Society with these majestic leaves. Thank you!
Head in the Clouds
Cirrus had a marvellous time in August, meeting hundreds of new friends and never once letting the sheep escape out into the gardens. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was once again an excellent, beautiful venue; and this year we were in fine Fringe company with other great baby theatre happening across the city (as noted by Lyn Gardner on her Guardian blog). Time now for a little rest to plan our spring tour and start working on some new ideas...
Anonymouse had a splendid time touring as part of the 2016 Puppet Animation Festival making new friends across Scotland. We also made a trip down to Cockermouth in the Lake District and now have a taste for adventure we hope to expand on in the future. There is more here about the show itself and you can watch this little film made by Jack Nurse at Wonder Fools
Our outdoor performance for babies was first played in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and then as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe in the beautiful Botanics. In the summer of 2015 we toured to sunny green spaces around Scotland, occasionally damp muddy ones, and shared a lot of joy. There's more about the piece here.