Far Far Away goes to The Little Angel Theatre!
On 1st December, we had the opportunity to take 8 of our young participants on a theatre trip; something we try to do whenever we have the extra funding to do so. This time we visited The Little Angel Theatre in Islington to see A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, a puppet show which told the story of an old man that crash lands into a town and changes the days and lives of those who live there. Known for being a damp, rainy village overrun by crabs, this very old man and his enormous wings, bring the town together but also tear it apart; and in the end teach the townspeople what really is important in life.
There was quite a buzz amongst the young people for this trip from the very start, heading out on the Overground amidst rush hour. We made it to the theatre in plenty of time and a few young people who aren’t fond of loud noises had a long conversation with the staff about what the noises were, how loud they would be, when they would happen, and if they could leave during them. The staff were very sweet and accommodating, even offering one young person headphones to wear during.
Once everyone had their snacks, the show started and the magic began. The puppetry was exquisite and very well done! Puppeteers entered the space and did a wonderful job of drawing us into the action and the story. All different kinds of puppets were used, and with a bit of magic, made the space feel full and alive with only 4 puppeteers. The young people were enthralled and loved the show!
Quite a late night for our 8-13 year olds, but well worth it for a captivating theatre experience. We’re on break now for the holidays but will be back 10th January 2017 with our film-making workshops and hopefully more theatre trips in store!