I write this in celebration of the amazing creative force that is the city of Brighton & Hove. Long Nose is a Brighton based puppet company that is really inspiring. It was set up by Katherine Morton and Polly Dunbar who studied illustration at Brighton University. Together they bring to life story characters in puppets they make themselves out of anything and 'everything: latex, wood, found objects and all things sparkly!'
It is with glee that I discovered that Shoe Baby is coming to Brighton in December in time for Christmas. It's a welcome kids alternative to the tv-based stage shows or pantos around at Christmas time. Find details on the Komedia site here
The show is adapted from the book SHOE BABY (quite a difficult book to find) illustrated by Polly and written by her Mum, who is the well known author Joyce Dunbar. The music is written by musican Tom Gray of Gomez. Shoe Baby has had sell out shows up and down the country and has received awards.
One of my all-time favourite childrens books, PENGUIN (always a bedtime request as I have to make lots of silly noises), has also been adapted for show by Long Nose and is on tour in Ipswich - details on the blog here
As well as touring theatres and festivals, Long Nose puppets are available for school visits and puppet making workshops. I'm certainly always keeping an eye out for what's next.
This is part of the Art of Living series of posts that bring you all the things we are passionate about and the things we discover in our lives as mamas.
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