At the far edge of the forest…
Bosse, that is, our Bo W Lindström, has been humming the children’s song, In a House at the Far Edge of the Forest, for a while. It’s about opening your door to those who are standing outside in the cold asking for help. We have decided to create a show with this theme: to receive and to welcome. A performance for small children that asks big questions.
Imagine a warm, musical, engaging and fun mime show that includes both shadow theatre and masks, with a focus on the idea of welcoming.
We investigate and play with concepts such as being different, and being afraid of the unfamiliar. Who is afraid of whom, really?
In our story we meet the stressed-out conductor, Dirren, who has fled the noise and commotion of the city to a quiet glade in the woods. There he finds a leaky old outdoor loo and moves in. All is peaceful and quiet until, suddenly, there’s a knock on the door… Who are these strange people disturbing me?’ One of them is being chased, others are just hungry, tired, cold, or lonely. One smells bad, another has large ears, and yet another speaks so strangely it’s impossible to understand.
When Dirren meets the animals, imagination is let loose. While the smelly skunk is getting a bath, the water turns into the Mediterranean that so many have to flee across… The fire chasing the vulture looks like the grenades of war and imposing fireworks. Yet Dirren turns everyone away. And when the snow begins to fall and the air turns ice cold, a kangaroo mum arrives with all her little ones…. but now, Dirren finally softens – perhaps his new acquaintances have taught him that wherever the heart makes room, there is also room at the hearth – and that everyone of us deserves a place to call Home!
Pantomimteatern is continuing along its theme of escape from danger, aimed at an audience of young children (4 years and older). In another one of our shows, LEAP OF FAITH -for I survived (10 years and older), we focused on the flight itself, the actual journey.
For 4 years and older.
Concept: Bo W Lindström
Director: Victoria Kahn
Stage design/shadow puppets/masks: Sara Kander
Music: Torbjörn Svedberg
Lighting and stage craft: Kundali Löfstrand
Mask: Rebecca Afzelius
Production: Veronica Bedecs
Painting/poster: Sara Kander
Photography: Bengt Wanselius