Cinema in Silhouette

Guess the film...

Suitable for an adult audience, this show includes a hand shadow tribute to some of the great films of the last century (with unique audience participation), the hilarious tale of Drew's first hand shadow performance (which accidentally involved a certain bit of a bear's anatomy!) and a roof-raising finale with Sammy Davis jr. and Frank Sinatra singing “Me and My Shadow”.

 

Will there be shadow bunnies? Yes! Will there be a shadow duet? Yes! Will there be shadow boxing? Probably not...

 

Drew Colby's hand shadowgraphy was entrancing and like nothing I’ve seen before. It had me watching with true awe.” - Alicia Britt, Animations Online

 

 

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My Shadow and Me

My Shadow and Me is like a cartoon created live out of nothing but darkness and light. One person (and his shadow) meet and go on an incredible, imaginative, shadowy journey where creatures emerge, engage and transform beautifully. The show uses minimal language in combination with unusual interpretations of classical music and non-verbal voice effects. Little encounters between characters are explored and tiny stories unfold. Many are funny, some are sweet. The ever fascinating and adorable hand shadow bunny makes an appearance as part of a simple magic trick, and the show ends with a colourful and impressive finale in which multiple shadow characters appear all at the same time – made with just two hands!! This was the third production commissioned by Junction, Goole, with funding from the Arts Council England. The production focuses on the idea of our shadows and our relationship with them, inspired by the poem “My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson. It had its first performance in September 2017 at Junction in Goole. Since that time it has been to Turkey, India, Switzerland, Chile, Portugal, Malaysia, Italy and Albania.

 

“A bare stage with a small light projecting onto a large blank screen. The audience of young children and their parents sits in anticipation as a lanky young man in a trilby crosses the stage, smiles and the lights go down. This time, as he crosses in front of the light, his shadow appears behind him. Cue a lovely pantomime-like sequence in which we see his shadow but he doesn’t: “it’s behind you!” squeaks an excited little voice from the audience. And then the magic begins.” - Pamela Hall, The Croydon Citizen

Winner of the Moving Parts Festival Audience Choice Award 2019


Commissioned by Junction, Goole and supported by the Arts Council England.  

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Small Fables

"Utterly convincing stuff"

A fable is an animal story which tells of the silly things people do; “Small Fables” is full of animals and people doing silly things that will have you laughing out loud – the fleet-footed camel and the mischievous dog with his long tongue; the boy who cries wolf once too often; the singing rabbit who gets comically interrupted – all performed with great skill by international hand shadow puppeteer Drew Colby.

Running time: 30 minutes

Suitable for: families and children 3+ / school shows

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