“It’s genuinely creative and that’s what makes it fun to literally look at: the set design, the animations and the projections that all fool the eye in a fun and elegant manner”
It’s called ‘fantasy’ for a reason.
Eric Linklater’s famous book “The Wind on the Moon” is an absolute children’s classic – but from a theatre staging point of view, it’s a bit of a headache.
The two main characters, sisters Dinah and Dorinda, swell into balloons and transform into kangaroos, just to mention one example. Throw in a few James Bond-ian car chases and some hundred costume and scene changes, and you get the gist.
That’s why Dramaten, Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre, came to us. They’d seen some of our animation work and wanted our help bringing the book to the stage for a very picky audience: Little kids and their families.
But this actually tapped into an even bigger question. How do the performing arts best fulfil their commitment to inspire and engage children?
…And The Show
The final result was a stage set-up with a 4 x 8 meter projection wall on which we screened a supporting animation throughout the show
– not as a pretty scenery, but rather as a dynamic set, which the actors could interact with.
And without exaggeration, it worked like magic! The animation truly brought Linklater’s fantasy and creative imagination to life, kangaroos, golden pumas and silver falcons included.
And by thinking ‘audience first’, we contributed to producing a top grossing, sold-out show that got such rave reviews it was extended for another six months.
All photos courtesy of Dramaten