Introducing shadow theatre into local care homes and schools

For the 2020 online festival, care home & sheltered housing residents in Beverley took part in a remotely-created pilot outreach project by Hull-based Anglo-Indonesian puppet company Indigo Moon Theatre. Thanks to the dedication of care home workers Elaine at Figham House, Amber at New House and others, residents now have an ongoing resource for shadow theatre using pre-prepared kits, a video tutorial and messages from outside. Some of their work can be seen in the gallery below.

Thanks to Arts Council England, we are able to develop this project further, as part of our interim year activities in 2021. We are delighted to be partnering with Beverley Minster on our "Sanctuary in Creativity" project - reaching not only more care homes but partnering up with some local primary schools to form intergenerational friendships and develop stories.

This page is the place where participants can watch our tutorial video to get familiar with shadows and where photos/video clips can be uploaded to be added to our gallery below. We're looking forward to seeing more video clips or photos of everyone's shadow theatre work, whether that's a simple dance cast onto the wall, a singing puppet, or a story inspired by the sanctuary stories of Beverley Minster to share with family and friends outside!

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Participant Gallery 2020 / 2021

Previous Projects

Beverley Puppet Festival has a long history of running community and educational projects. In the early days we worked with three artists in three different local schools, resulting in a collaborative showcase and / or town procession before the start of the festival. Since then we have also worked with adult service users at Miller’s Day Centre – producing a shadow theatre installation at Beverley Minster (2014) and a big plastazote “Dinodragonaurus” to interact with festival goers in the Friary Gardens (2018). In 2016 residents and family members of the Old Schoolhouse Care Home produced a shadow film which was shown during the festival.


Beverley care home residents learn about shadow theatre

in the 2016 Education Project


Dinodragonaurus made with Millers Day Centre service users in the 2018 Education Project