Projects > Showcase 2010
'No More Fish and Chips'
For the Buxton Puppet Festival 2010 the Funny Wonders Youth Group performed a showcase of their work. In 2010 they chose to create shadow puppetry shows considering climate change and environmental issues in a project presented in association with Transition Buxton. When asked to consider the waste of resources, sustainability and pollution of the environment they realised that they might not be able to have fish and chips anymore if we caught all the fish in the sea and we couldn't grow potatoes. They performed the products of their imaginations in an evening showcase with live music by our in-house band 'Shadowhouse'.
In the morning of our showcase we hosted a shadow puppet-making workshop called 'Don't Call Me Trash', run by Angie Pearson, aiming to inspire the re-use and re-cycling of materials. Participants were asked to bring their own materials including cereal boxes and materials. They also came back in the evening to perform again before the Youth Group showcase.
'Don't Call Me Trash'
Youth Group Workshops
Setting Up and Rehearsals
‘Bob the Fishy’ was the creation by our Junior Youth Group. It addressed the issues of pollution, biodiversity and the need for a healthy environment. The piece saw a magical fish called Bob aid a young girl to clean up the seas and rivers near where she lived, save a trapped dolphin and escape a shark attack. It was performed at our showcase during the Buxton Puppet Festival 2010.
'Bob the Fishy'
‘The Crane Lady’ was the creation by our Senior Youth Group. It addressed the issues of trust and kindness and was ‘loosely’ based on the Japanese folktale ‘The Crane Wife’. It was performed at our showcase during the Buxton Puppet Festival 2010.
'The Crane Lady'
Review by Supporter Carol Taylor-Bruce
After an exciting week of preparation and rehearsals, I was gaining a good insight into Funny Wonders and the dedicated work and many skills that go into performance. Saturday came and the build-up to the evening held all the suspense and magic which was to flow out later in the evening from a small back-lit screen where the puppeteers of all ages transformed the darkened studio at Buxton Community School into a place of fairy tale and wonder. Younger children under Angie’s direction performed an eco-story of dirty river and polluted environment transformed into a tale of hope with a mermaid, shark, fish, and injured turtle, playing their parts as goodies, baddies and victim, in the old fight of good against evil. All turned out right in the end with three wishes granted and a cleaner, better, world.
The audience were entranced as the young Narrator wove her story into the shadow puppets’ actions. A Japanese folk tale was performed by the young people, under Doug’s direction, which told of a mysterious woman arriving in the night, offering to weave beautiful cloth, which would make the poor carpenter’s fortune. But human failings and broken promises spoiled these hopes as mistrust took over and the fortune literally flew away in the shape of a crane that had secretly been weaving the cloth. Laurie’s Band accompanied each story with lively music and I realised again the facets which make up the show, including subtle lighting, magical shadow puppets, humour, artistry and other effects all combining to make another lovely show.