FOR P1 - P3 PUPILS
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2019
Claude has always had his head in the clouds. He is a cloud expert and all of his life he has dreamt of seeing a Cloud Man – an extremely rare creature who lives a quiet life high up in the sky. Follow the clues to the very top of Cloud Mountain where the views are always surprising. If you are lucky, you may see something very special indeed.
Originally performed by Ailie Cohen, Cloud Man was part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It has been touring internationally since then, to China, Dubai, Japan, and Australia. Most recently, it toured to Beijing, where Cloudia became Claude and the show is now performed by Samuel Watson.
“Puppet maker Ailie Cohen has been delighting young folk and their grown-ups for many a Fringe with her original stories and fairy-tale adaptations. Cloud Man is no exception, a deceptively simple story that will melt even the flintiest of hearts.” The List ★★★★
Audience size: 120
Running time: 45 mins
Space required: clear, uncarpeted, flat hall, min 4.5m x 4.5m
Cost: £500 + VAT per day, two performances maximum
For dates please contact: TISS@imaginate.org.uk
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Teachers and children will enjoy the performance without prior knowledge of the story but the information packs below help teachers prepare and link to classroom plans.
For two short films to show your class to prepare your class for a theatre experience in the school hall, one for you and one to show them, please see the RESOURCES section of our website.
About the performance
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Learning Themes and Curriculum for Excellence LinkS
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ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker is the collaboration between Ailie Cohen and Playwright and Director Lewis Hetherington.
Ailie is a puppeteer, performer, illustrator, designer and puppetry director creating emotionally rich and compelling theatrical experiences which highlight the beauty and surreal in the everyday.
Ailie and Lewis bonded over a love of creating theatre that uses objects, puppets and pictures to tell beautiful original stories which engage with the world we live in, and are full of heart, fun and magic.
They make work which is an invitation into fantastic and colourful story worlds which celebrate the extraordinary nature of the ordinary. Combining minimal, poetic text, a sumptuous handcrafted aesthetic and engaging characters they make work which lasts long in the imagination and memories of those who see it.
Together they have created 'Cloud Man' and 'The Secret Life of Suitcases'. Both productions have been presented as part of the Made in Scotland showcase. Their work has travelled all over the world, delighting audiences in China, Dubai, Japan, America, Australia and extensively throughout the in the UK.
Ailie is a puppeteer, performer, illustrator, designer and puppetry director for among others, National Theatre of Scotland, Grid Iron, TAG, The Citizens and Vanishing Point. Her own shows include 'I Vant to be Alone’, Rumpelstiltskin at the Fairytale Laundry', ‘Jazz Mouse’, 'The New Not New'.
Ailie is an associate artist of Puppet State Theatre Company, with which she collaborated on ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’, and has toured worldwide since 2006.
Ailie has also worked for National Theatre of Scotland; Imaginate; and was co-deviser, performer, puppet and props maker for National Theatre London’s ‘Cupboard of Surprises’ Inside Out Festival 2012 which was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Lewis is a Glasgow based Playwright and Theatre Maker. As associate of the award-winning Analogue he co-wrote Mile End and Beachy Head, and wrote Fringe First winningﾠ2401 Objects. With Catrin Evans he wrote and directed Leaving Planet Earth for Grid Iron, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Writing credits include Khamsah for National Youth Theatre, presented in Saudi Arabia, Friends Electric for Visible Fictions, Tin Forest; South West for National Theatre Scotland, A Perfect Child for A Play A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor, Rebecca’s Midnight for Lyra Theatre, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks for Platform, Cloud Man created with Ailie Cohen.
Lewis’ work has been produced throughout the UK and internationally. His work is published by Oberon.
Presented by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker
Created by Ailie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington
Directed by Alasdair Satchel
Soundtrack by Niroshini Thambar and Nik Paget-Tomlinson