CITIZEN Squid- An interactive big puppet spectacle.
Citizen Squid is a medium scale interactive big puppet spectacle about compassion, displacement and transition for young people and family audiences.
A gigantic squid has crawled into the high street – but how did it get there – and what will we do with it?
Citizen Squid is a fun, highly visual, innovative and beguiling performance where audiences are enthralled, captivated and totally engaged.
A project about compassion towards others and ourselves- when we fear the barbarians at the gate do we focus too much energy on finding someone to blame, and risk missing the bigger picture? Join us for a series of drifting boats and roaming tentacles trying to find their heart and a way home.
We offer optional introductory value-added workshops and an in-depth community engagement programme where participants investigate “displacement”, “transition” and “compassion” through creative practice. Participants are “citizens” of the project and we facilitate a complete re-imagining of the work, including designing and building bespoke puppets and learning high-quality performance skills and techniques.
In 2016 Citizen Squid has received funding from Wandsworth Grant Fund and Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts to conduct a community engagement project in Wandsworth and a second stage development and national tour.
Minimum arena ~20m x 15m accessible public space;
Set-up time: 2 hours. Take-down time: 1 hour;
Dressing Room for 8 x people with tables, chairs,
toilets, drinking water;
Storage Required 5m x 5m with double doors and
puppet set-up area;
Long wheelbase van for puppet transportation
plus driver from London;
8 x Performers travel by bus, train or plane from London.
Performance Styles: Puppetry, Physical Theatre, Spectacle, Visual Theatre, Interactive, Relational, Non-verbal, Roving, Choreographic, Improvised;
Length: 3 x 30mins static performances daily
Opportunity for value added workshops and bespoke Community Engagement Programme;
Scale: Medium Scale within minimum arena ~20m x 15m accessible public space;
Performance Fee £2500 per day or £2000 per consecutive day + transport, substance and accommodation expenses;
8 person touring group;
Date Created: 2015 and 2016 and available for touring;
Audience Capacity: 500-2000 with low level audience interaction;
Audience Type: Families, Children, Young People;
Themes: Compassion, Transition and Displacement.