Co-created/Directed by Nicholas Barton-Wines
Co-created/Performed by Callum ouglas
Supported by Imaginate
Scratch at Traverse Theatre – 6th November 2019
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A schoolboy sits in class bored. He looks around the room for something to distract him. He opens his pencil case. It contains the perfect solution.
Rules is a playful discovery of dreaming, distraction, and daring to hold all your pencils with just your face. Through a wordless part-clowning, part-object manipulation performance we are celebrating the magic of curious minds trying to break free.
Callum is a bright and creative school child of roughly 10 years old. To distract himself, he plays with objects found in his rucksack and pencil case, starting with mundane fiddling and reaching towards hilarious and outrageous games as he gets more and more carried away. He performs only for the audience; his other classmates are not interested in his antics. As his experiments reach their peak he is snapped back into the classroom with a scolding bark and the games tumble around him. Soon his imagination and curiosity take hold once more leading him on to new adventures and games until the end of class/he breaks free.
Aiming for a target age of upper-primary school, we want to create a show filled with laughter, escapism, and renewed curiosity in the physical world around us. We would love to chat to those who make work for young audiences about our next steps in supporting this work.