"The performance was
of high quality and very imaginative."
- Act3 International, Singapore
room full of kids were entranced. Some of them stood up or scampered
down to the front for a better view; all the time, you could almost
hear those young minds ticking over, faster and faster. Allow me
to nominate the superb Atishoo as the little highlight of the festival.”
- Perth International Arts Festival, Australia 2012
A box of tissues, a roll of paper.
Wiping runny noses, dabbing at tears.
Revolving around a young girl with
the flu, the audience is led on a trip to places which symbolise
her different symptoms. Using a mixture of puppetry, music, lighting,
shadows and paper, ‘A-Tishoo!’ allows the imaginations
of children to run wild. With a bed which turns into a tissue box
and then magically changes into a boat, the play is an enchanting
and creative journey through an experience everyone can relate to:
the common cold.
Using innovative visual theatre techniques and delightful puppetry,
Dynamic New Animation (DNA) lead young children through imaginative
landscapes and stories with a specially composed soundscape by Indonesian
composer Haviel Perdana.
Atishoo! premiered in Spring 2004 with a UK national
In Spring 2005 Atishoo! was performed for a week run at Bristol
and at the Lowry, Salford for a special christmas season 2007 before
touring to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for Act 3 International arts
Directed and designed by: Rachel Riggs
Production Manager & Lighting designer: Jonny Quick
Performer: Kay Robinson (tour 1), Anna Wilson (tour 2), Becky Manning
(tour 3, featured on video), Tids Pickard (international tour)
Set construction: Jonathan Hale / Adam Bennett
Soundscape Composer and Musician: Haviel Perdana
Child's voice: Rebecca Riggs-Bennett
Voice recording: Katy Harris
Thanks to Julie Brown, Porl Cooper, Celine Wyatt
for all their support and assistance.
available as an interactive theatre play session 'Tissue Play' with
Accompanied by a tissue play workshop for early
years, to extend their participation, and aid audience development
with family learning. Using lots of sheets of white and coloured
tissue, we go on a journey through snow, leaves and water, making
our very own scrunchy tissue puppet animal to play with.
Manchester City Life interview
by Kevin Bourke "It's tissue-tastic!", proclaims Rachel Riggs,
Artistic Director of this magical show from DNA
"Atishoo! is a seasonal tale of
a girl and her runny nose, whose imagination leads her on a magical
journey through paper lands of ice and snow, swimming underwater
to meet crepe-paper sea creatures, and dancing among magical forests
of tissue trees."
For the full article, click here
“…a room full of kids were
entranced. Some of them were overcome with fascination and stood
up or scampered down to the front for a better view; the questions
to mums and dads flew thick and fast. And all the time, you could
almost hear those young minds ticking over, faster and faster.By
popular acclamation, Les Studios de Cirque’s Place des Anges
has been the big highlight of the festival. Allow me to nominate
the superb Atishoo as it’s little one.”
to read the reviews from Australia, click here