The Ark Children’s Council present a mini showcase of new performances-in-progress. Part of Right Here Right Now! The Ark's Festival of Children.
"We’re calling it Still Loading… because the short performances you will see are not completely finished. They are still works in progress and we, and the artists who are making them want to know what you think about them?
We are a group of 34 children aged 9-11 who come to the Ark about once a month. We do workshops in art, music, film and drama and we go to many of The Ark’s events. We give a lot of feedback to The Ark and meet a lot of artists. We help The Ark to make decisions about the work they do."
Keep scrolling down for the details of the pieces that the Children's Council have chosen to be part of Still Loading...
The Smashing Red Kite's Blues
This mini music performance uses the children’s story The Smashing Red Kite story by Ann Lorraine Mack to bring the blues to life. The music follows the red kite as he leaves the toy shop for a life of adventure. The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues was originally devised as part of Fun Size Jazz 2018 which was a musicians’ development programme by The Ark and Improvised Music Company enabling jazz and improvising musicians to develop skills, understanding and experience in performing for young audiences.
Performed by Emilie Conway (vocals), Johnny Taylor (keys), Damian Evans (bass), Ann Lorraine Mack (narration/ flute/vocals).
A Suburban Legend - Little Wolf
Rósmáire is nearly ten. She has a horrid babysitter. A nasty brother. A cross teacher. And a sick mother. So far, so bad. But when she discovers she’s actually a fairy, not a human being, Rósmáire’s life takes a very strange turn.... A Suburban Legend is a bilingual show, adapted from Caitríona Ní Mhurchú’s trilogy of books, Ó Lúibíní Lú, Cailitín and Deireadh Báire, published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta.
Written by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú in collaboration with Eoin Lynch.
Performed by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú & Eoin Lynch
Francis Footwork - CoisCéim Dance Theatre
“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet. Colonel Headbanger doesn’t like dreams as they can give people ideas. People with ideas can be dangerous.”
Once upon a dance floor... in a kingdom not so far away, lived Francis Footwork. Now Francis Footwork is no ordinary girl - she is an extraordinary dancer. When young King Two Lefties ascends to the throne, he is convinced by trusted adviser Colonel Headbanger to rule the land with an iron fist. He wants to end all dancing. Francis and her friends come together to teach him a dance lesson he will never forget!
Written & Directed by David Bolger
Performed by Cristian Enmanuel Dirocie, Ivonne Kalter, Emma O’Kane, Matthew Williamson
The Leap - Fishamble
Wendy is lonely. Wendy is angry. Wendy has been a good girl for so long that it is making her burst. Wendy is in the moment of throwing herself off the piano and through her mother's favourite glass coffee table - just as her father, Jerry, comes through the door. The Leap tells the story of Wendy and Jerry's journey to fix the shattered table. It turns out the table is the point at which this world and the other-world meet. It's the point at which magic meets the everyday, that day meets night. Without it, the two worlds will fall apart. Jerry does his best to help an unwilling Wendy navigate her way through the world of magic. The table has to be fixed by twilight or everything will be a terrible mess - and all the while a splinter of glass is working its way towards Wendy's heart.
Written by Gavin Kostick
Directed by Jim Culleton
Performed by Danielle Galligan and Michael Glenn Murphy