A little while ago The Spark Arts asked if I would create an animation to promote ‘Word Wednesday’ sessions in Leicester Libraries. This meant I had the chance to listen to loads of fabulous stories written by children in Leicester and then pick one to animate. Obviously I was delighted with such a project and will happily share it with you all.
There is something magical about shadow puppetry, I have always said that, but my goodness, when kids get involved it is just wonderful. Children are so eager to explore new ideas and so playful with their approach to a new art form. It’s such a shame that we all have to grow up.
When the children at The Brite Centre noticed the big black box in the corner of the room with a funny little window in it’s side, they weren’t sure what it was doing there. When I switched on the torch and let them have a peek at a couple of pre-made shadow puppets that was it….their brilliantly creative minds were busy thinking about what they were going to create.
“Can I have a go with the torch?”
“Are we going to make our own shadow puppets?”
Me “You bet we are.”
“Do we have to make one of these mythical creatures or can we make up a new one?”
Me “Well that’s up to you. You are the boss of your puppet.”
“Let’s make some theatre curtains for the front of the black box!”