Early Years Residency: Where does the River Go? – Nenagh Arts Centre

Early Years Residency: Where does the River Go?

So following on from last week and a day spent with musician Julie Tiernan I’ve been developing ideas for our multi sensory performance inspired by the Nenagh River and Lough Derg.
To give you an insight into my process I’ll take you through my week.
I work a lot with fabrics so I spent a morning in the theatre space exploring how I could use cloth to create some of the visual images myself and Julie spoke about, both large scale and small world – I enjoy playing with scale.
Early Years Residency
Next I spent some time looking at the various images we had come up with and thinking about how we could use those to create opportunity to engage as wide a variety of the senses.
So for example Julie mentioned the Mountshannon Sea Eagles…. this led me to thinking about feathers (I nipped out and bought some to play with!), a single floating feather alongside the sound of a single chime  seemed to fit with the lightness of how the feathers float. I imagined finding the feathers in a nest perhaps … this could lead to the discovery of eggs – Julie has some Samba Eggs so I made notes about including some sound exploration at this point.
Finally the beautiful Eagle itself. I spent some time researching images on the internet and thinking about designs for a possible puppet (this led me to looking at some beautiful felt work by Artist Gladys Paulus (http://www.gladyspaulus.co.uk)- I’d like to create a bird with big wings so as they flap we feel the breeze, this can lead to a fanning activity!
Early Years Residency
So there we go one image -The Sea Eagle, many senses – soft touch, sounds, visual stimulation, light breeze of fanning!
Come along on Friday 27th July. This is a ‘pay what you like’ performance and a contribution can be made at the end of the show.
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