Little Light: a tale about a boy, his dog and a fallen star
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 March 2018
A co-production between Vision Mechanics and the Haya Cultural Centre in Jordan is a magical story set in a traditional Bedouin tent
Having given us productions such as Big Shop and Big Man Walking, Edinburgh-based Vision Mechanics has now created Little Light to entertain children aged five and over.
This co-production with the Haya Cultural Centre in Jordan is set in a traditional Bedouin tent, and combines puppetry, music and dance to tell a magical story that brings together a tiny light, a lonely boy and a faithful dog.
Every day, a father goes to work while his son waits for him to come home. The child's isolated world only begins to look more promising through the magical intervention of a fallen star. The initial script for Little Light was developed in collaboration with the team at Haya, who were seeking to establish a puppetry centre as part of their children's theatre arts programme.
'The inspiration for both the setting and story came from the development process,' explains Vision Mechanics' artistic director, Symon Macintyre. 'In Jordan in July, the strong sunlight and harsh shadows brought to mind the traditional Bedouin tent and the welcome shade it provides. In our tent we weave these shadows into the tale of the mischievous Dog Star, a real dog, a boy and his father.
'The tent's walls become the shadow screens for the story and its roof is the night sky full of stars. Sitting on cushions, the audience will be wrapped in the colours and music of Jordan while the story of Little Light unfolds.'
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