Burlap – a work in progress

picture of a baby dragon

‘Burlap’ is the working title for a research and development project working with young people and the organisations and professionals that support them to explore themes, stories, characters, settings and outdoor performance spaces and places. The resulting play will be accompanied by an optional creative arts workshop programme  focussing on: making puppets out of recycled plastics and compostable materials, and using compostable cups to grow crops, flowers or trees.

Concept: Burlap is a young dragon living in a cafe underneath the coffee machine. He is made of fully compostable cups and sacking and his world is also constructed of compostable materials. Burlap will live for hundreds or maybe thousands of years but, he needs help to find his story.

The world is changing and sometimes he feels that it is hard to imagine what these changes might mean or that there is anything we can do to influence them. We wish to engage young children in working out what Burlap’s story will be as he grows up and how we can help make it better.

This project is aimed at creating an interactive performance for 5 to 8 year olds that involves them at a very early stage of its development in an age appropriate critical response process, drawing on and valuing their insights and creativity.