DNA tour the UK and Belgium in March and April 2017

cloud childAfter a short break from touring DNA are back on the road in the UK touring Chicken Licken, Tom Thumb as well as a one-off performance of Cloud Child in Belgium called Wolkenkind.

After a wonderful pair of Sunday performances at the Albany in Deptford, South London kicking off the tour on March 5th followed by a performance at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield on March 11th the tour proper kicks off on April the 1st at the Lights, Andover and 2nd at the Winchester Discovery Centre.

Then it’s off to Figurentheater Propop in Turnhout, Belguim for a morning performance of Cloud Child on Sunday April 9th.

Chicken Licken will be in Tewksbury at the Roses on Tuesday April 11th and Tom Thumb in Salisbury on Wednesday April 12th as well as The Dukes, Lancaster on Friday April 15th.

Finishing off the tour is a three day run of Chicken Licken at Polka Theatre April 21, 22 and 23.

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DNA puppetry co-founder Adam Bennett helped launch the MAnchester International Festival on March 9th, puppeteering for Sue Buckmaster of Theatre Rites who will be creating a new piece called The Welcoming Party. Check out the full lineup for this exciting festival in June and July here

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Imaginary Leaps – creative play 4 parties

Imaginary Leaps offers everything for your 1-5 years old creative play party –

  • Portable ball pool with balls
  • Stackable circular cushions
  • Crawl tunnels
  • Hoops and balls
  • Puppet play
  • Make and do craft activities
  • Storytime
  • Songs and rhymes

Contact Rachel -0435591243 or email rachel@imaginaryleaps.com to book your childs birthday party

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Teachers Creative Professional Development with Rachel Riggs at Carson St School, Perth. WA

Teachers creative professional development with Rachel Riggs – www. imaginaryleaps.com

Imaginary Leaps investigates new approaches to creative arts activities for  children with complex learning needs, including:

  •   using puppetry and other art forms as an approach to creative learning with students
  •   exploring what different materials can mean to the child in open ended activity play
  •   identifying how different creative play techniques can be used to address different   learning needs for curriculum outcomes and IEP’s
  •    ideas for exploration using materials, movement, storytelling, puppetry and object play
  •    identifying learning outcomes of the Early Years Framework curriculum addressed through this creative approach

Rachel Riggs is an early years professional creative and visual theatre engagement specialist, currently working with Carson Street School, Perth which is W.A’s only Education Support Primary School.  Students needs are such that they are not presently being integrated into the regular school system, and all require extensive therapy and educational services. The school recognises and actively encourages creative practice development for special education, and invited me to share my skill set with the whole school community. I have been resident for the Song Room as an artist in education mentoring some of the teachers within the school this year  and also worked there extensively in creative development with Sensorium Theatre. The feedback was very positive and other teachers, education assistants and staff also requested professional creative development.

Because of the students diverse needs and strengths, having an early years skillset in line with the EYLF, and training in puppetry and storytelling, such as improvising with objects and materials, with sensory elements that can be touched, smelt, heard and sometimes tasted, assists in creating explorational learning journeys for each child at their level.

With the students, we have been freely playing and exploring all kinds of puppets, tissue paper, coloured cellophane, moving into making tactile textured rod and hand puppets and investigating the world of shadows. Mentoring the teachers, I am facilitating a more open approach to learning through a creative play process, which gives freedom to make bespoke outcomes for each child.

Thanks to Roslyn Hamlyn and the fantastic staff of Carson St for the playing, what a joy!

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Upcycling toys workshop

Rachel riggs from yardworks art likes to take old toys and recycle them into new creations. Take everyday throw away items and making them into something new, switiching on our imaginations and trying different ideas, often surreal!upcycle-toy-workshop-24Different ways of looking at things, objects and materials

The right glues, scissors and tools were explained for the right materials, and we looked at joining techniques, using tapes, elastic bands, pegs, pipe cleaners and wire.

The children from 5-15 years followed their own experiential learning journeys, using tools and discovering from a wide range of materials, soft toys and hard plastic, wooden pieces.

upcycle-toy-workshop-28 King Bear and his dinner menu of fish and birds

upcycle-toy-workshop-29A Giraffe toy modified to wheel around, the child worked out how to make an axel for a bottle top wheel underneath

upcycle-toy-workshop-27Little creatures which brush up and light up, helping out.

upcycle-toy-workshop-35Doll adapted into a female centaur with drawn on costume

Once the new crazy toys were made, the kids introduced their creations and a story began with the characters – a time dog flying on his space craft, jackie doll in her herbie car who nearly runs over the dog, all kinds of possibilities, the story and play continues , as they draw the road on paper and develop their ideas.

Parents feedback – ‘What a great idea!’,’The whole workshop was fun!”Inspiring’

 

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Glitter Trees at Glastonbury

Making sparkly saplings for the Kidzfield at Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm 2016

the DNA crew ran workshops everyday in the Kidzfield with hundreds of children. Sarah Nixon, DNA’s education workshop artist with Jon Nixon and Rachel Riggs made  decorations with ribbons, stickyback plastic and recycled plastic rings with kidz for the glitter tree

Next year a glitter tree forest and more of DNA’s walkabout puppets

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DNA’s Tom Thumb at Glastonbury Festival 2016, the King attends!

Remembering a fantastic Glastonbury, DNA puppetry have been performing there since 1993 and we love it! For years we had the Puppets a Go Go! tent in the theatre field, now we happily love playing our latest production in the Kidzfield theatre tent, as well as running crafting workshops.

The DNA crew this year included our amazing innovative workshop coordinator, artists Sarah Nixon and partner Jon ‘I can sort anything’Nixon, with lots of help from our roadies. We had beautiful live music from musician Jo Powell to accompany the show with live trumpet too.The audiences were amazing and the antics of Tom Thumb in this, the original British folk tale with Merlin and the Arthurs knights of the round table was perfect to perform in the legendary Vale of Avalon by Glastonbury Tor.

As always we are indebted to Tony Cordy, King Organiser of the Kidz Field at Glastonbury and his Kidz Crew ,delighting children for many a year and many more to come, for inviting us to be part of the Kidzfield family, of which we are very proud! And an honour to find the man himself Micheal Eavis sat in the audience watching our last show! Its the greatest festival in the world!

Cant wait till 2017!

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Tom Thumb ends Spring UK tour with a truimphant run at Little Angel Theatre

Following research and development in 2015, DNA created Tom Thumb in January 2016 and for six months has been touring the UK to variious venues, festivals and events

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Written and designed by Adam Bennett from an ancient Celtic folk tale, with music from Sian Phillips drawn from folk tradition, Tom Thumb uses song, puppetry, storytelling, physical theatre and comedy to tell the story of a boy created by Merlin the magician and Titania queen of the Faerie folk. His birth, childhood and adventures that lead to meeting King Arthur and being sent on a quest to defeat a dragon.

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Other artists involved in the creation of this performance include Steve Tiplady (direction), Liz Lempen (puppet making) and Georgina Solo (props and set). Without the generous support of Horse and Bamboo theatre, this performance would not have been possible to create.

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Tour venues included The Lowry, Artsdepot, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Blackpool Grand, The New Wolsey, Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Little Angel Theatre.

To Thumb is touring again in Spring 2017 and is currently taking bookings.

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