Touring as part of the 2023 Arts & Education Program
Resilience | Connection | Friendship
Crow Kid has moved to Nanna’s farm after a recent loss. It’s summer holidays but it sure doesn’t feel like a normal summer – they’re lonely and super miserable! To ease their misery, they start to feed the crows who visit Nanna’s yard, beginning a beautiful friendship between child and birds.
A powerful story about resilience, connection and the healing power of friendship, Crow Kid is presented through shadow puppetry ‘unplugged’. Projected onto a back screen with all the mechanicians revealed, audience members get to see how the effects and shadows are created, inspiring them to create their own stories in shadows.
Crow Kid is a new work from award-winning theatre company Lemony S Puppet Theatre. Lemony S Puppet Theatre make work that illuminates the corners of the world where others forget to look. Using puppetry to enhance their story-telling, Lemony S works are aesthetically beautiful, funny, soul-shifting and unique. Lemony S’ last work for children, the critically acclaimed ‘Picasso and His Dog’, played to 1,000s of children and their families across 25 venues over 4 states.
Crow Kid is a deliberately rural story, focusing on country kids’ experiences of isolation due to distance – it’s hard to go on a play date when 30 acres are between you and your nearest friend! However, while this a rural story, it is a sadly universal experience for children growing up in a pandemic as all children have battled with isolation at some point in these last few years. Never before has connection for young people been so important and connection is at the heart of Crow Kid.
Lemony S Puppet Theatre has a commitment to diversity. Crow Kid demonstrates this commitment both through the story it is telling as well as the casting of the performers. With these two elements combined, we are hopeful all children will see themselves reflected in the work.
This project was commissioned by Maroondah City Council and first performed in ArtSpace at Realm, Ringwood.
Please note: Councils, Venues and Community Presenters are welcome to book through the Arts & Education program. Contact the team at [email protected] to confirm the program fee.
OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: Puppetry and Performance workshops focusing on style of puppets found in Crow Kid.
- Warm up games
- Constructing Shadow Puppets out of thin gauge cardboard
- Quick history of shadow puppets
- Learning shadow puppet techniques
- Developing short performance
- Perform and observe other groups
- Maximum numbers for workshop: 30
Workshop Duration: 1.5 hours.
Maximum numbers for workshop: 30.