Summer Island

Summer Island an immersive puppet performance for under 5’s.

In a small hand painted tent the audience follow a life affirming story about the understated love between on old woman and her granddaughter. Set in the long slow months between spring and autumn on a tiny remote island the two puppets spend time together, eating strawberries, listening to the long tailed ducks, watching flying fish from their boat and building a camp fire. This magical interactive performance is about adventure, nature and the two female inhabitants love for each other and their island life.

In 2018-19 Medway Council commissioned Daisy Farris and Nicola Flower to create a new performance piece that would tour outdoor festivals. Working with puppets for a very young audience is a new departure to Daisy and Nicola’s individual practices.

For the research and development period they received mentoring from Peter Morton of Half A String theatre company. During the early devising of Summer Island several visits were made to Swingate primary school to rehearse the work and receive feedback.

Musical score by Portia Graves.

Photographs by Manu Palomeque

Summer Island’s debut performance was at Splat!, the Sweeps festival, Rochester, May 2019.

The tour will continue to bOing! festival, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, 24th and 25th August 2019.