For the past couple of months I have been developing a shadow theatre piece with Jessica Innes and Paul Hernæs Barnes about social media.
Behind The Screen (Social Butterfly) is a shadow theatre piece which uses traditional and modern forms of shadow puppetry to comment on the pressures of conformity for young women in society.
Creating this piece has been a great challenge. Incorporating traditional shadow theatre, overhead projectors and slides, various lighting techniques and sound effects to tell the story.
We’ve already had an early scratch showing at Assembly Roxy and a development week at Summerhall late last year, but now we’ve been invited to show our work in progress at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Manipulate Festival of puppetry and animation.
We’ll be performing to a sell-out audience at the Traverse on Saturday 3rd February. You can find out more about the event here.
Hopefully then next step for the piece will be full funding to complete the show and tour it to schools and theatres in the future.