We spoke to Peter from Half a String about their beautiful looking show, A Heart at Sea. Like A Clown Show About Rain, A Heart at Sea is set among the waves, but instead of clowns, it uses puppets and folk story-telling. We asked Peter about the story behind the show.
What drove you to make A Heart at Sea?
We originally wanted to create a folk music show with puppets that we could take to anywhere; to pubs, festivals etc. This developed as we wrote a story, music and built the set and puppets. Its a really personal show, Avi and I bring our own craft to it and this comes through. Its a show that we loved making and poured a lot of ourselves into.
Tell us a bit about Half a String Theatre
Half a String is a visual theatre company. We work a lot with puppets and live music and create clever spectacular theatre shows, as well as puppet and set commission work. We like powerful stories that we connect to and can create our unique blend of puppetry and live music around.
There are so many ways to tell stories, tackle issues, explore ideas - why theatre?
The liveness of theatre is really important. Not many things we experience now happen in front of us, actually happening! Theatre gives an opportunity to focus completely on something live in the real world and puppets inhabit this world in a really interesting way.
What was the last show you saw that you think everyone should see?
The Nature of Forgetting was very good, fantastic fluid physical theatre and live music.
Theatre making is hard and, although we try our best to work around them, it has it’s limits. If you had an unlimited budget, a unquestioningly devoted audience and all the time in the world, what show would you make?
This is tricky, it would probably some kind of wooden dark crystal style tv series.
What else in the Incoming Festival line-up are you excited to see?
A Super Happy Story - we have heard amazing things but we clashed Edfringe 2017 so we cant wait to see it!
A Heart at Sea is on at shares a night with A Clown Show About Rain at New Diorama on June 28 and heads to HOME the next day!