Having received our Arts Council Grant Funding we have begun researching and developing our ideas for a new family production inspired but the Hans Christian Anderson story of Thumbelina.
I have wanted to make a piece that uses this classic fairytale for a longtime. It is a very special story that is full of wonderful characters and little life lessons. A coming of age style story that focuses on learning to trust your instincts and making things possible regardless of size.
I would like the audience to experience this tale in a new way, through the eyes of a child detective. Together we can set out to solve the mysterious kidnapping of Thumbelina.
We have made some wonderful discoveries over the past week with my trusty team of collaborators. As co-devisors I have had the support of Liz Hart of Brica’Brac Productions, Matthew Whittle, Artistic co-founder of The Wardrobe theatre and Emma Powell, Pickled Images talented puppet maker. Guiding us towards the final design is the talented Chris Gylee. Whilst musically we have enlisted the fun and quirky Kid Carpet .
We also had a special drop in consultant, Sarah Corbett. Sarah is an expert in movement and clowning. She has recently relocated to Bristol and was very helpful to making me aware of energy and intentions for the structure of the piece.
We were kindly given special artist rates to hire space at Easton Community Centre.
Here are some rough photos of the creative process.