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!
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!
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!
All the way from Edinburgh’s Tollcross to Glasgow’s Pollock with two trolleys by public transport to entertain the Easter Club at the Village Storytelling Centre : our first trip with the larger Kamishibai and Dagba’s Forest Tales. What an adventure. Obviously our first brush with stairs! and rain!