In the early days of the event, we paired artists such as Liz Dees and Liz Dorton with local schools to create collaborative showcases and town processions before the start of the festival. This introduced puppetry into the local curriculum at the time and encouraged children to explore their imaginations and creativity.
In 2014 we worked with adult service users at Miller’s Day Centre to produce an interactive installation at Beverley Minster, where participants and audiences could use a pulley system to explore projected landscapes and shadow puppets inspired by the creatures found in the carvings of the church.
In 2016 residents and family members of the Old Schoolhouse care home produced a shadow film “Shadow Memories”, which was screened during the festival weekend.
In 2018 we partnered with Miller’s Day Centre again to build a big, plastazote puppet with adult service users. The loveable “Dinodragonaurus” was installed in Beverley Friary Gardens over the festival weekend and audience members could get a taste of puppeteering by interacting with the puppet’s rods.
Throughout 2020 and 2021 we have been working with local care homes, sheltered housing units and schools to explore shadow theatre through pre-prepared kits. You can read more about our current project by clicking here.
If you represent a local school, community group, charity or care unit who might benefit from getting involved in one of our outreach projects, then please contact Anna Ingleby at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.