This Saturday sees the start of Norwich Puppet Theatre’s summer show, ‘Oddly’. A fun, whimsical tale based on the much-loved children’s book written by local author Joyce Dunbar. We caught up with Joy Haynes, Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Director and also Director of the show, to find out more.
1. Joyce is such a well loved local author. How did the connection with Joyce’s book, ‘Oddly’ come about?
“With a rich local writing community in Norwich we were interested in adapting a contemporary children’s story rather than more traditional tales we usually work with. Joyce Dunbar was our first choice as her stories are wonderfully inventive. We set up a meeting to talk about adapting one of her books and Joyce was incredibly open, excited and encouraging about the project.”
“We picked Joyce’s book ‘Oddly’ because it was a quirky tale with lots of room to explore different visual aspects. The story is really beautiful and the short poetic text gave us lots of place to go visually.”
2. The story looks very much at people’s hopes, dream and wishes. What do you hope, dream and wish that children and adults take away from the show?
“The show is a fun and warm story about the value of friendship, so we hope the audience enjoy watching it together with their own friends and families and come away feeling happy and entertained.”
3. Visually, what can people expect from the show?
“The show is like an extraordinary pop up book which comes to life. The inventive design, by Gretchen Maynard-Hayn, has lots of visual surprises with a mix of tricks, puppets, music and masks.”
4. Norwich Puppet Theatre hosts such a fantastic programme for children. What other performances or workshops are on offer this summer?
“There are lots of chances to get hands on making puppets. We have a range of ‘Children’s Puppet Making Workshops’ for ages 5-11 years throughout the summer holidays with different themes including Robots, Amazing Animals and Dinosaurs. There is the ‘One Day Puppet Challenge’ on Thursday 20 August where participants can create a table top theatre and cast of characters to take home for their own shows. ‘MagoMation’ is back for ages 10-16 years on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August, where participants can write, film, and create a soundtrack for their own animation. Plus on the 29 August, Garlic Theatre are back with their show ‘There’s a Monster in My Piano’.”
‘Oddly’ is showing at Norwich Puppet Theatre from Saturday 25 July to Wednesday 5 August 2015.
Price: £8.00 – £28.00 Running time: 2.30-3.20pmAges: 3+Baby friendly showings also available.
For more details about the show, including how to book tickets, please go to the Norwich Puppet Theatre website or call them on 01603 629921.