Grit will be a brand new piece of visual puppet theatre for an adult audience which looks at
the impassioned and controversial relationship between children and war. This quartet of
tales, inspired by real stories from across the spectrum of human experience, will question
what innocence and imagination can mean in a world of conflict.
Told using a wide array of theatrical techniques including table top rod puppetry, object
manipulation and an immersive soundscape, each tale will draw the viewer into a miniature
world to encounter lost childhoods through the eyes of a war photographer. From the story
of one child battling to keep his games from becoming reality, to the paper city destroyed
by its own citizens, the stories will explore a subject that has been both heavily documented
and swept under the carpet.
About the company:
Tortoise in a Nutshell is a Scottish visual theatre company formed in 2007 with the aim of
creating theatre that inspires and ignites the imagination. Since its launch the company has
worked extensively throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, presenting new pieces of
puppetry and visual theatre for all ages.
2012 will see the company return for a third Edinburgh Festival Fringe, following the success
of 2010’s The Last Miner. In 2010 the company won the coveted Ideas Tap 'Edinburgh Ideas
Fund', through which The Last Miner was created. The show was shortlisted for the Arches
Brick Award, and will this June be presented at Figura Theaterfestival in Baden, Switzerland
and shortlisted for the pretigious Grunschnabel Award.
Praise for The Last Miner
“Tortoise in a Nutshell create a mini-masterpiece” The Stage
“Haunting beauty which, aided by a delicate sound score, ends without a dry eye in the
house” The Herald
**** The Scotsman
**** The Herald
In 2012 Tortoise In A Nutshell have worked with the National Theatre of Scotland and have
presented work at Manipulate Festival, Imaginate Fringe and through the National Theatre
of Scotland’s Reveal Season. Tortoise In A Nutshell are also working
with Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre to develop their practice and work.
Returning to the Fringe with Grit, Tortoise In A Nutshell present their first full show for an
adult audience at the brilliant Bedlam Theatre, known for its support of visual theatre and
puppetry on the Festival Fringe.
What your money will buy....
£1 will pay for five toy soldiers
£5 will pay for the construction of one street in a paper city
£15 will pay for two puppet-sized props (examples include binoculars, tiny gun, tiny teddy
bear, little helmet, tiny working head torch, mini magnifying glass)
£20 will pay for a puppet costume OR workshop materials to teach one child.
£50 will pay for the hire of lighting equipment OR a mid-sized bag of sand OR a sound
engineer for one session to record soundtrack
£100 will pay for the construction of one small puppet OR workshop materials to teach five
children OR the hire of one projector
£250 will pay for one week of wages for a performer-puppeteer OR the construction of a
large piece of scenery
£20 – a thank you on our website and a warm and fuzzy feeling!
£50 – two tickets to see the show, your name in the programme and a thanks on our
£100 - two tickets to see the show with a glass of wine or beer upon arrival, your name in
the programme/website and a personal thank you from the team
£50 – your business name in the programme and on our website and a personal thank you
from the team
£100 – two tickets to see the show, your business name in the programme and on our
wensite and a personal thank you from the team
£250 - two tickets to see the show with a glass of wine or beer upon arrival, a featured
advertisement for your business in the programme and the opportunity to meet the team
after the show
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