Set in the dusty world of an old locksmith’s shop this tale soon bursts into action and adventure. The audience are brought on a challenging and rewarding journey, in which our hero, Tom Losluv, struggles to deal with his mother’s illness. A boy tricks death and locks it in a box. He battles with a ferocious monster who has fought great armies of the world and lived to tell the tale. He risks everything he has to save his mother from the sickness that grips her.
This is a story that tells of a love and bond that cannot be broken, that of a mother and her son. This highly visual production mixes puppetry and object manipulation with dynamic physical theatre. Keys and locks sing and dance, shadow puppets float and frighten. All told by Eoin Lynch, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers for young audiences.
Free workshop from 4pm – 5pm
Duration – 50 minutes
Number of participants – 30
Age range 7+
During the workshop we will show students how to make puppets from a mix of natural materials, brown
paper, rubber bands, plastic bottles and an array of other objects. Much of the company’s work involves
the use of recycled materials. Encouraging participants to use see the potential in these materials is at the
heart of the company’s ethos and also key our workshops.
We will also teach some of the basic principles of puppetry such as the use of breath, movement and
impulse. These are all great at developing a child’s motor skills. Even though the workshop looks at
character and action, we focus on creating “creatures”, which each child develops from his/her own
imagination. Very often, a single creature will be a mix of two, three or four separate puppets coming
together, this encourages the children to work in a team.
Students will also have a chance to ask questions about the performance of The Locksmith’s Song, and
also meet some of the characters from the show.