Enter the magical world of puppetry

Indigo Moon is a Puppet Theatre company which has toured Theatres, Festivals and Schools nationally and internationally since 2001. Though continuing to tour, in Autumn 2012 they moved into the new “Indigo Moon Studio Theatre” at Scrapstore Studios, Dairycoates Avenue, Hull HU3 5DB.

Indigo Moon wish to promote meaningful expression and open up new worlds, either through their subject matter, their puppets, or through inventive use of simple techniques which can inspire others. Performances use (either alone or in combination) Marionettes, Rod Puppets, Shadow Theatre, live acting and music. Company members also have rich experience of working in education. A variety of workshops are available for children of all abilities. Training sessions and Seminars are particularly suitable for teachers or students of drama / expressive arts and teacher education courses.

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Our influences

Indigo Moon’s shows and educational work are inspired by both traditional and contemporary techniques. Whenever possible we aspire to making seamless shows which allow the audience to enter another world and leave this one behind for the duration of the performance. We also seek any opportunities within our shows to appeal at different levels to different ages, and, in keeping with tradition, to communicate as well as entertain.

Traditional puppets from around the world such as Indonesian Wayang Golek (rod puppets), Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets), translucent shadow puppets from South India and Rajasthani string puppets (kathputli) have all inspired our work and feature in our demonstration collection which we use in Workshops.The folk dance of Saraswati our dancing marionette also originates from Rajasthan, whereas the marionette of Alice which features in Alice & the White Rabbit uses European techniques.

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Our shows The Worm That Squirmed and The Lost Forest both mainly use traditional Wayang Golek, though we stage them in a non-traditional way combined with other media including shadows and our own original music, adapted to suit family audiences (- with shorter attention spans than those who are used to watching puppet shows through the night in Indonesia!).

  Lotte Reiniger

In the case of our 4 shadow theatre shows, Mermarella, Alice & the White Rabbit and Aladdin, & Jungle Book as well as our shadow theatre techniques workshops, we have been inspired by the work of German shadow film pioneer Lotte Reiniger, Italian company Teatro Gioca Vita, American shadow artist Larry Reed and Indonesian (Balinese) director Putu Wijaya. Large scale creative techniques and the accessibility of this art form – with its ability to make spectacular effects relatively easily – make this another very satisfying medium to work with.

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