Pup­pet show is cre­ative heal­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN award-win­ning for­mer All Hal­lows pupil is to bring her pow­er­ful pup­pet show to Mac­cles­field.

Mu­sic Ac­tion In­ter­na­tional, whose founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Lis Mur­phy grew up in Mac­cles­field and at­tended All Hal­lows School, won the Guardian Char­ity Award and South­bank ChangeMak­ers Award in 2016.

The group works with peo­ple from across the world us­ing the power of cre­ativ­ity to over­come the ef­fects and causes of war, tor­ture and armed con­flict.

They start their UK tour of their lat­est pro­duc­tion, Gone, at the Old Sun­day School, Mac­cles­field on Sun­day, July 16 at 12.30pm.

A fic­tional fan­tasy about the re­al­i­ties of hope and sur­vival, Gone is told with hand­made pup­petry and in­spired by the true sto­ries of peo­ple af­fected by war, in­ter­wo­ven with a vivid, at­mo­spheric score by Stone Flow­ers, a refugee col­lec­tive who cre­ate mu­sic to­gether as a way to re­duce the ef­fects of trauma, iso­la­tion, and tor­ture.

Lis said: “I am so pleased to be shar­ing this show with peo­ple back in my home town. Mac­cles- field is a warm and wel­com­ing town and we are de­lighted to bring this unique and im­por­tant show here.

“Each mem­ber of Stone Flow­ers has some­thing so im­por­tant to say and to share with their new com­mu­ni­ties.”

Lis was in­spired to set up Mu­sic Ac­tion In­ter­na­tional af­ter liv­ing in post- war Bos­nia and see­ing first-hand the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of con­flict on or­di­nary peo­ple.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, founded in 2010, has helped over 4,000 refugees and asy­lum seek­ers in­clud­ing chil­dren, young peo­ple who have ar­rived in the UK alone, and adult refugees af­fected by war and tor­ture.

Their spe­cial­ist mu­sic pro­grammes sup­port peo­ple af­fected by con­flict to over­come trauma and con­nect with com­mu­ni­ties through a shared cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mu­sic Ac­tion In­ter­na­tional de­sign and de­liver mu­sic pro­grammes that aim to reach in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties dev­as­tated by war, armed con­flict and tor­ture and to use mu­sic as a means to re­duce the ef­fects of trauma, raise aware­ness of hu­man rights abuses and de­velop con­nec­tions be­tween di­vided com­mu­ni­ties.

There will be one per­for­mance only of the show. En­try is £10 for adults, £6 for adult con­ces­sions and £5 for un­der­18s. Some of the themes ex­plored in this piece mean that it is not suit­able for chil­dren un­der 12 years.

The hand­made pup­pets and their cre­ator, Lis Mur­phy

Spi­derman with Nancy Jack­son, six

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