In Nov/Dec 2017, DNA Puppetry/Imaginary Leaps gratefully recieved funding from the City of Fremantle, Western Australia to tour their internationally acclaimed Cloud Child interactive puppetry and play to early years settings in the local area .
Cloud Child explores the bond between parent and child in a touching and delightful way. An interactive theatre performance for young children and their families. With a child-centred approach, the elemental nature of clouds stimulates the imagination and emotional expressive development of early years (under sixes).
Cloud Child is a highly visual, non-verbal show all about belonging and love.
Every child is given opportunities to participate with their own little fluffy cloud to nurture, animate and sculpt into whatever they imagine.
The children have an immersive theatre experience with
- A cloud cloth to crawl under and games
- Cloud shaped cushions
- A basket of white cloth with different sensory textures.
- Originally composed music by Verbal Vigilante
- Storytelling, improvised with children’s ideas and responses.
DNA Puppetry/Imaginary Leaps presented the interactive performance in early years settings and also in their new home base, living and working at SHAC – Sustainable Housing for artists and creatives, White Gum Valley, for 10 performances.
DNA founder member and director Adam Bennett, reprised his puppeteer/performer role, expertly manipulating Cloud Child with a new member to the DNA team, circus performer and clown, Lynda Moylan. Adam and Lynda have both trained with Reg Bolton’s Suitcase Circus, so it was a joy to see their complicity working together. Artistic Director Rachel Riggs reworked and produced Cloud Child, bringing in the performers innate clowning skills for this version.
Lynda Moylan is a graduate of Theatre/ Media Communications degree in Bathurst N.S.W. For over 25 years she has worked with Circus, Theatres, and Festivals in Australia, Scotland, England, Spain, Italy, Amsterdam and USA. Lynda now lives in WA working with Suitcase Circus, Western Australian Circus Festival and WA Circus School and Southern Edge Arts in Albany.
Cloud Child performed at –
Foundation Early Learning Centre
First Steps Early Learning Centre
O’Connor Play and Learn
Fremantle Early Learning and Development Centre
International Early Learning Centre
Little Peoples Place
Feedback included –
‘Such a beautiful show, even the littlest babies’ attention was captured’ – Jessica Stevens, Fremantle Early Learning & Development Centre
‘The kindy friends loved every minute! That was fabulous! The underlying emotions really captured the children’ – Laura Calabrese, – First Steps Early Learning Centre, Hilton
‘Awesome show! Very interactive and the children were all very interested’ – Robin – Educator, O’Connor Play & Learn
‘Inclusive and goes with the childrens ideas, involves them and lets them lead’ – Beck – Educator, O’Connor Play & Learn
‘The children loved it! Even the babies focused on it’ – Kate Seery – Director, International Early Learning Centre, Beaconsfield
‘Really captivating, they loved it! It was nice and child led’ – Avalon O’Dowd – Director -Little People’s Place, O’Connor
For up to date information – follow Cloud Child on Facebook
DNA/Imaginary Leaps will be touring with another early years show in April 2018 and creating a new work later in the year!
Thanks to SHAC for our new home! and all who supported and participated x