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// ABOUT //

Anytime The Wind Can Change is the heartwarming tale of lonely giants, comets and compassion told with intricate shadow puppets to a powerful live musical score.

Two giants fall in love across a vast sea, sending messages to each other on the wings of birds. In the wake of the unexpected, cracks start to appear. Naut and Astrid float closer together as their people drift further apart – but in the darkest hours we often find the best of humanity.

 

This uplifting, original folk tale explores the power of compassion and community and will captivate audiences of all ages through the charming medium of shadow puppetry.

 

Peculiar Hand Ensemble, Alex Podger, Caitlin Srongarm, Alex Gomar, Benjamin Yellowitz, Sian Herbert, Shadow Puppets

// BACKGROUND //

Created by Peculiar Hand (fka The New Shadow Cabinet)  in response to the turmoil of the past year, Anytime The Wind Can Change fuses folk stories, puppetry and humour with uplifting music by multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Yellowitz, who effortlessly blends folk with warm electronica to create a rich feeling that fills the room.

Written and directed by visual theatre maker Alex Podger, with puppets by Caitlin Strongarm and flute by Sian Herbert, the story is guided by Alex Gomar's charming narration into the mythopoetic world of two islands and the curious people that live there, exploring what it is to be human in a light-hearted yet poignant parable.

// PROGRAMME //

BENJAMIN YELLOWITZ: Concert | 30 mins

INTERVAL | 15 mins

ANYTIME THE WIND CAN CHANGE: Shadow Play | 45 mins

 

// PERFORMANCE DURATION //

90 mins

// FORMAT //

Full Evening Performances

Cabaret style, with food and drink available all evening,

music, and bar open until late. 

Groups seated separately per regulations

Theatre Performances

Seated and running for 90 mins.

Groups seated separately per regulations

// SUITABILITY //

Recommended ages 4+
 

// FEATURED SONGS //

South Theme by Andrew Veivers

Anytime The Wind Can Change by Kavisha Mazella & Arnold Zable

Story originally written for Woodford Folk Festival's Fire Event Closing Ceremony 2016

// UPCOMING SHOWS //

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// ARTISTS //

ALEX PODGER

Writer | Director | Puppeteer | Co-Producer

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CAITLIN STRONGARM

Puppet Artist | Puppeteer

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BENJAMIN YELLOWITZ

Composer | Musician

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SIÂN HERBERT

Musician | Photographer

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ALEX GOMAR

Co-producer | Narrator

    Photos by Sian Herbert

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    SHADOW PUPPET KITS

    Available at all our shows!

    Make your own Naut or Astrid and tell your own stories at home. 
     

    TIPS

    Please be careful with the split pins.
    You will need your own tape to secure the sticks to the puppet.
    Flexible tape like cloth, electrical or duct tape works best. 
    You can make a screen with any light coloured fabric and a light. 

     

    INSTRUCTION VIDEO

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