Fast, fun show a family affair
cool. They have that youthful enthusiasm that’s infectious.”
The 50-minute, fast-paced production was created for ages three years and older and mixes puppetry with black theatre, circus, animation and paper play.
“It sounds really basic but it’s about how a square, triangle and circle get on with each other,” Richardson said.
“The square is red, the triangle is yellow and the circle is blue. It looks at mood and personality and about how to make friends.
“But it’s also about learning to play through activity; painting and drawing and the idea of blending colour to mix and match, and reminding people you can turn a piece of paper into a whole universe. I also wanted to create a show where kids could make a lot of noise, so it’s all non-verbal to music.”
Richardson said her central aim had been to make a show reflecting our need to be treated as individuals.
“All three of my children are very different and it amazes me when people make all sorts of generalisations,” she said.
“Particularly in times like ours, it’s so important to understand empathy and acceptance about people who might be different. Stereotypes are damaging whichever way you look at them, but to try and make a show that would appeal to both boys and girls was the real aim, and I think we’ve done that.”