Sunday, 31 May 2009

Little Leap Forward Opening Night

You can read a review here on the citylife website.

Last Thursday Little Leap Forward opened at The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. My family and I managed to make it up there for the show and I must say it was brilliant!! I absolutely loved it. After being involved with the production for the last 6 months it was great to finally see it all come together. The story is told so well that I felt myself become immediately involved with the main character Little Leap and felt very emotional at particular parts of the story.

This was the first Horse + Bamboo production I have seen performed live. The mixture of a masks, puppets, shadow, music and film all worked so well together. It is amazing to know that there were only 4 actors playing all the characters. I have never seen anything like it in my life and I am really looking forward to seeing it again when the tour stops by nearer to home.

After the show I was lucky enough to meet Guo Yue. The co-author of the book Little Leap Forward and the man whose childhood this story is based on. It was the truths of this story that really touched me and helped me understand some of the things that went on during the cultural revolution in China. The show highlights some really important events which happened in history as well as telling the story of friendships and the importance of freedom. I think it is an excellent show for children to see as it is very engaging and would encourage them to ask questions about history and what has been going on in other places in the world. I think this is very important as it seems the vast majority of children today seem to only know about what is going on in the present. I recommend this show not just for children but for adults too... it is an excellent piece of storytelling, visually brilliant and definitely worth seeing.

If you want to catch the production it will be in Manchester until the 13th June. You can see other tour dates on my previous blog post.

I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to work on this production and can't wait to see what will come next from Horse + Bamboo Theatre.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Papercutting adventures...

I have had a very busy week but thought I should update my blog as I haven't been keeping as up to date as I would like. :)

I have been working lots of overtime at my part-time job and have also been ill at the same time so have spent many many hours in bed. I did however spend some time making these little paper cuts over the last two weeks. I have been having so much fun doing it and can't wait to make some more!

These first two cuts were me just experimenting and messing around trying to see what I could get the paper to do.

On one of my ill days in bed I watched the movie 'Marie Antoinette' and totally fell in love with everything about it. So I tried to make a cut with that famous up hair style which I absolutely love! I wish I could get my hair to do that!

And finally this was something I made for my sisters birthday. It was meant to be her birthday card but kind of turned into a wall hanging thing... It turned out a lot neater than my other cuts as it was the last one I made and had finally got used to curling and controlling paper.

I will update with website things soon. My overtime is continuing in to next week and I have another animation job coming up but I am trying my best to get my website complete. I am hoping to add a lot more of my more recent work to it.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Curly Paper Hair

Just something I have been experimenting with... it was a lot of fun to make the hair. I will post up some more of these when I have time to make them.

Will update soon with the latest on my website re-design. It is taking a while as I am trying to learn some more Flash as well as doing lots of overtime at work.

^-^ watch this space ^-^