Dagba in Muirhouse, Portobello and Westerhailes

save the world and sing this song

Storm Dudley put paid to our thoughts of travelling to the venues on the actual bicycles – but the beauty of the brompton is that it folds up small enough to travel on the buses and we did our mini-tour by bus numbers 27, 16, 21 and 30 – very satisfactory. And firey phoenix and the giants and genies were enthusiastically received in all our three libraries.

Wester Hailes was dominated by real life climate disaster under a corrugated iron roof during storm Dudley.  Laura, the librarian there ‘absolutely loved it… the music, the pictures, the audience participation.  A perfect mix between theatrical performance and interactive storytelling’   One family wanted photos beside the set afterwards which is very encouraging!

Dagba goes to Libraries

And we’re off again! Today I cycled down the canal on a lovely – if breezy – afternoon to do a reccy of Wester Hailes library space where Maria and I will be delighted to do a performance of Dagba’s Forest tales postponed for 2 years, but still faithfully waiting his turn!

We have three bookings for the half-term holiday with the support of the Puppet Animation Festival

West Pilton Community Centre, 10.30 Tuesday 15th February

Portobello Library 3 pm Tuesday 15th February

Wester Hailes Library 3pm Wednesday 16th February

And then we go to Mintlaw all the way up North for an outdoor performance at Aden Country Park 11am on Monday 4th April for a spring trip away! Very exciting, though I dont think we’ll be able to go the whole way there by bike this time! I shall post again about this one, and the logistics of taking an A3 plywood box construction complete with new ‘proscenium’ shelf, bicycle, buckets, cushions, instruments, singing bowls and costumes by train and bus up to the tip of Aberdeenshire, nearer the time, I’m sure.

We are streamlining this show every time we do it though, and I’m hoping to borrow a second Brompton for Wester Hailes so we can both arrive together along the canal without any recourse to bus or trains this time. Just as we envisaged it when we first thought of it 4 years ago now. How time does fly!


Some of the lovely things people said about us:

Brilliant music and songs, love the pictures and instruments

I liked the show, I liked the genie the best. Some sounds made me scared, it was fun!

Beautiful production delivered with passion, wonderful pictures and very imaginatively presented. Great storytelling, loved the interaction from the audience and musical accompaniment

He really liked the show, he liked the crackle crack, he liked the quiet moments, it was great, thank you, well done,

Very absorbing, felt like I was actually in the forest

I liked helping

I really enjoyed it, it was really fun and I loved participating, I think everyone will love it!

Our Journeys Continue

A great day ‘instagramming’ our way around our various transport links between the two Edinburgh Libraries – Oxgangs to Moredun where we told to VERY different audiences. I feel I’ve still a long way to go in captivating a free range audience, but the shows in dedicated rooms went excellently which is encouraging for the development of our little peice in the future!