Children's puppetry show Luminous Tales at 2012 Edinburgh Fringe

This article is from 2012

Luminous Tales

Zannie Fraser's Ripstop Theatre perform show about night-time for ages 4 and above

Zannie Fraser’s shadow puppetry has toured all over the world, but 2012 marks her Edinburgh Fringe debut in the guise of Ripstop Theatre, her own company. Fraser’s new show, Luminous Tales, is a collection of stories about night-time for audiences aged four and over.

‘They are a mixture of ancient myths, modern stories and made up ideas,’ she explains. ‘I’ve always been fascinated by the moon and, as I do shadow theatre which is all about playing with light and dark, I thought it would be a good subject to explore.’

Fraser is effusive about her chosen craft. ‘Shadow theatre for me is like making live films with very simple materials and low-tech equipment,’ she says. ‘I love making visual images come alive and turning simple objects, like a piece of card or a tea towel, into something magical.’

And she’s clear about why puppet theatre is always such a hit with young audiences at the Fringe. ‘I think puppet theatre is magic,’ says Fraser. ‘Objects become transformed and inanimate objects come to life. I think what children love is the telling of stories in a very visual medium and the chance to interact with that story, which is what I hope my audiences will do – I love it when kids heckle!’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 18 Aug (not 7, 14), 11.35am, £6–£8 (£5.50–£7.50). Previews until 3 Aug, £5.

Luminous Tales

There's a little old lady who won't go to bed. She hates the night so much she wants to get rid of it. She dreams and schemes and tells of times past when there was no light until the crow stole some and of the little girl who wants to play with the moon and on her way meets the boxing hares who live up there. An animated…