The average hard-core dance maker has more than enough trouble making work that will engage the imagination of a regular, sceptical adult. Imagine if your life's work involved coming up with ideas to engage the minds of people that paid attention to everything you said and everything you did! Yes, we're talking about children.
You know you're on to a good thing with a show like 'The Tell Woman' when, upon hearing the central character say "mummy and daddy are horrible", you get an audible cry of disbelief from the assembled audience of youngsters.
'The Tell Woman', aimed at 4-10 year olds, is the story of the keeper of all stories (straight away we love it) and her endless struggle to keep those stories from the forces of darkness. "Evil Confuser Hands", "Sproings" and "Snufflers" all come along for the ride as "Sam" fights the good fight in search of a compelling yarn or two.
The company say of this show;
"The Tell Woman is a visually stunning theatre show combining dance, puppetry and sound to create a fantastic fairy tale for the under tens. Funny, mysterious and sometimes a bit yucky, The Tell Woman draws on children's own experiences to ask: where do stories come from?
The world of The Tell Woman is a magical place full of weird creatures, some friendly, and some not so friendly. These creatures live in a land made from the enormous skirt of The Tell Woman. Here they come and go, appear and disappear, through folds and flaps, tunnels and trapdoors."
'The Tell Woman' is performed by Nikky Smedley, Emma Burns, Holly Denoon, Sioda Martin and Bryony Perkins with music by Kathy Hinde and Mathew Olden.
The company's next performance is on May 31st at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester.