Children’s Shadow Puppet Theatre

As a final workshop for the Genera project and after the success of our installation on Light Night we decided to host a shadow puppet workshop at Inkwell.

Discovering the wonders of light, lighting effects and shadows had to be on our list of workshops. Shadow puppetry is believed to have originated from China over two thousand years ago during the Han Dynasty. Since then it has become popular in various cultures; currently there are more than 20 countries known to have shadow show troupes. Shadow plays are an old tradition and it has a long history in Southeast Asia; especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia with adults and children both enjoying the magical performances.


Over a whole weekend in mid October, a group of young children came together to create and perform their very own shadow puppet play. The workshop included story boarding, character building and puppet making, with regular breaks for refreshments and cake of course!

The characters and storyline were full of imagination and each child had their input on how the play would be acted out, working together as a group while discussing their ideas. In the second part of the workshop the children went to work designing and cutting out their puppets using black card and coloured acetates. The puppets created ranged from large pieces of scenery, underground tunnels,  trees, flowers and animals. Improvising with found objects and with their hands, the children made the characters and story truly come alive. What resulted was a heartwarming and enchanting story brilliantly performed!

The play was filmed and then later screened at our cafe last weekend.

We proudly present…..

The Big Bad Weed.


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