Inspiration for course work at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance by Lesley Howard
Simon the Starfish’s Adventure
I am currently working on a collaboration piece as part of my HND course at SSCD. I was inspired by Shaper/Caper’s ‘Day to Play’ and their most recent and current piece ‘Paper Moon’, an interactive piece aimed for under 5’s. These pieces encouraged me to work with a collaborator, Elsie Woolnough, who is an applied theatre artist and actor.
Together we have created a piece that is interactive for children, ages 305, 7-11 or can be easily adapted for those with additional needs. We focused on incorporating sensory, drama and dance.
Our piece follows the story of Simon the Starfish’s Adventure to find his way home. He crossing the busy city of Dundee, the Egyptian Dessert, passes through the jungle before diving underwater where he is faced with the dangerous Jellyfish maze.
The process has been fun and creative. Watching a preview of Shaper/Caper’s Paper Moon gave me more confidence to make everything over the top and hearing Tommy talk about the piece gave me a better understanding of how children may react to it
Note: Lesley used this inspiration to inform her work as part of her course work at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at D&A College.