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Aamira and Gad: Once Upon a War

by Bee in my Beanie

children-and-family, site-specific-and-immersive

Join the Archivist Society as we rescue tales from no mans land, but beware - you must never interfere in the story!

about the production

Aamira and Gad is an interactive tale which invites the audience to step into a border conflict between two nations. Unfolding in a no-man’s land, the audience joins a group of story archivists to salvage the folktales of two nations before they are destroyed by war. We use exciting puppetry, visually striking story telling and audience interaction to bring the stories to life. Audience members are taken on a fantastic adventure and learn a lot about hope along the way.

about the artist

Bee in my Beanie aims to break barriers between worlds through Play, Curiosity and Provocation. We explore what it is to be human through the child-like joy of storytelling and play. A collaboration of third-culture kids who have called many worlds home, we seek to break perceived boundaries by drawing on what brings us together as humans. We specialise in Puppetry, Clown and New Writing as a unique combination of what is at the heart of story.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 4 metres

depth: 20 metres

Traverse stage ideally but can adapt, Haze machine if available, lighting and sound operated by same individual so necessary for desks to be together. A digital lighting console that can be run from a control point such as an ETC Ion, or at minimum a 24 channel programmable lighting console
- Separate general washes for the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sections of the stage so one can be lit with the other in darkness. Audience access to stage area

The target audience is family audiences with children between 7 and 13, this show attracted an intergenerational audience at VAULT Festival and both children and adults enjoyed the production.

“Content follows form in this beautifully created production”

"Throughout my many years of theatregoing, I have never encountered anything quite like Aamira and Gad ... it was dazzlingly unique."

“This show is perfect for young children and families; there’s puppetry and audience members can volunteer to involve themselves within the story. This is a really remarkable show.”

This production welcomes neurodiverse audiences and holds a relaxed policy in terms of disruption/ noise. We are happy to work with venues with regard to BSL interpretation or relaxed performances.

If you would like to book additional workshops, they are available at the following subsidised rate. Our workshops focus on Puppetry, Storytelling or exploring folktales through performance.

1.5 hour workshop - £100
Half day workshop - £350

All facilitators hold an enhanced DBS

We are working towards a £1000 (£1200 incl. VAT) guarantee with an additional box office split if this is exceeded. This is negotiable and we are happy to discuss this fee as we build a tour.

We will have interactive moments in the show but these will be socially distanced.