Shadow Show Sparks Kids’ Imaginations
Children had the opportunity to celebrate all things imaginary when the show “Me and My Shadow” came to the Matt Dann Cultural Centre in early May.
The Patch Theatre production told the story of a girl who wants to befriend her shadow and used an array of textures, sounds, light and images to convey this poetically fanciful story.
Among keen audience members were classes from Port Hedland Primary School who revelled in the atmosphere created by the performers and the set.
Kindergarten teacher Kaitlin Potter said the show was a wonderful performance that encouraged the students to use their imagination and capacity for creation to discover an exciting world of colours and lights.
“With a script of no, few or very intermittent words, the children were challenged to interpret the movements in their own way and come up with the plots for the story themselves,” she said.
“The performance was an exciting and mysterious mixture of illusion, shadows and lights and the students laughed at, and were very intrigued by, the movement of the performers as they created large and small shadows, through lights around the stage and creating paint out of thin air.”
Julie Brown’s year 1 class went further in using their memories to recall the show once back in the classroom.
“The childen’s recounts allowed them not only to remember key points in the performance but to address what they thought of the event.”
From responses like “fun” and “incredible”, these young people evidently had a sparkling morning of puppetry, pretend and play.
Along with 150 excited Port Hedland Primary School students, 170 Cassia Primary School kids delighted in the show, which was generously sponsored by Atlas Iron and FMG.