Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
Shadow Puppetry Performances inspired by Maya Angelou's Poem
It’s the third year we’ve worked in partnership with the incredibly talented lecturers, staff and students in the Theatre Design and live Performance team at Nottingham Trent University.
Working with Year 2 Theatre Design students, we adapted the poem, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, by Maya Angelou.
“Shadows on the Wall
Noises down the Hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.”
In safe bubbles, the students created 4 shadow plays responding to different sections of the poem. Each shadow play is unique in style using different shadow puppetry techniques. Each section is devised and created entirely by the student groups with support from the amazing NTU lecturing and technical staff. All 4 episodes are threaded together by certain agreed themes and with the same character living through each of the experiences created.
As with all Red Earth’s work, the students explored how they could make their work more accessible whilst maintaining the aesthetics of their designs. The unique and artistic captions created by them show that access can be at the heart of theatre design as well as performance.
We have much to thank the whole NTU team for. Despite the challenges, and sometimes because of them, the work created this year was inspiring. As always we have learnt so much from the creative minds and approaches of these young artists.
NTU Students – Design for Theatre and Live Performance
Creative & Production Team
Red Earth Theatre
Amanda Wilde – Director
Alexandra Stafford – Lighting Mentor
NTU Staff – Design for Theatre and Live Performance
Helen Davies – Course Leader/Senior Lecturer
Sean Myatt – Senior Lecturer
Neil Dixon – Senior Technician
Albert Houldcroft – Technical Specialist
Videos available to watch on Red Earth Theatre’s