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Up and Down

An interactive online performance for children under 5 and their grown-ups near and far.

Mira and Troggle are best of friends Although they are far away One high in the sky, one deep in a den They’re meeting for tea today

Our two characters are 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.

In September 2020 Future Paisley, Renfrewshire Leisure and Paisley Arts Centre supported us to incorporate Makaton and BSL based Baby Sign and in the sharing of the performances with new audiences.