ClaytimeTue 9 April | 11am and 2pm
The award-winning Indefinite Articles present their work for the very young: Claytime
A play with clay, where the audience are invited to participate. Come to a place where the earth’s natural material meets with children’s imaginations: a world of fabulous forms, amazing animals and morphing monsters.
Each Claytime is totally unique – creating its own world, its own characters and its own stories drawn directly from its young audience. Truly, interactive theatre at its most engaging.
Claytime has developed from a philosophy of making “open” theatre shows where the audience are actively involved in the creation of the story. The idea originated from Sally Todd’s extensive work with early years children in artist’s residencies in nurseries, informed by the work of Reggio Emilia. Her work with children is child-centred, process led and focused on developing children’s ideas and imaginations.
How it works: After exploring the medium of clay through clowning, two artists ask the young audience for ideas for characters, settings and stories which are then developed immediately. Based on this input, the company then improvises a play. Each play is unique to that specific audience. The piece culminates with a short on-stage workshop where the children have their own opportunity for some hands-on clay time. At the end the children’s objects are gathered together with the name of their story made from clay, this is then photographed and the picture sent back to the school.
Claytime has toured extensively throughout the UK and Ireland – to schools, theatres and festivals – over 500 performances to date.