Hazel Darwin-Edwards has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Most recently she has been co-leading a project called Expecting Something with parents under 25 and their babies, and also delivering workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of their Creative Skills Programme.
Heather Fulton is a theatre director, drama facilitator and Co-Artistic Director of award-winning children’s theatre company Frozen Charlotte. Heather led the creation of Peep and then continued to work with Starcatchers directing The Attic and collaborating with subsequent artists on their projects.
The Attic was created by Hazel Darwin-Edwards during the Inspire Project at the Byre Theatre, Saint Andrews. It first toured in 2011 and 2012, and in 2017 Starcatchers secured funding from Creative Scotland to tour the production to Fife in December 2017 and Edinburgh in January 2018, with a Scottish Tour in April/May 2018.
Grandma and Lucy are up in the attic
where all the memories are stored.
Hidden in dusty containers at the top of the house,
they have been waiting a long time to come out and play.
Come up the stairs,
blow away the cobwebs and peek into the boxes.
Who knows what might happen when the sleepy attic comes to life.
Set to a live, original piano score, two characters discover a magical place filled with hidden treasures. The precious remainders of past generations are woven into new memories as Lucy entices her grandmother to enter her imaginary world. Little ones and their carers are invited to watch and then join in an extravagant tea party under the stars.
The Attic tours to Carnegie Hall in December and The Studio at the Festival Theatre in January 2018 and further touring in Scotland in April/May 2018.
This tour will also be visiting nurseries across Scotland as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland (TiSS).
Full 2018 Tour Dates
Minifest at The Barn, Banchory
Friday 6 April | 11.30 & 14.30
Webster Theatre, Arbroath
Saturday 7 April | 11.30 & 14.30
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Sunday 8 April | 11.30 & 14.30
Theatre Royal Dumfries
Thursday 12 April | 11.30 & 14.30
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Saturday 14 April | 11.30 & 14.30
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Monday 23 April | 11.30 & 14.30
Lanark Memorial Hall
Saturday 28 April | 11.30 & 14.30
The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Wednesday 2 May | 11.30 & 14.30
FTH Theatre, Falkirk
Friday 4 May | 11.30 & 14.30
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Saturday 5 May | 11.30 & 14.30
Grandma and Lucy are up in the attic where all the memories are stored. Come up the stairs, blow away the cobwebs and peep into the boxes. Who knows what might happen when the sleepy attic comes to life.
The experience began in the foyer of the Byre Theatre, as we invited our young audience to duck and dive through a woolly installation, climbing through wool spider webs and dodging giant pom- poms, before climbing the stairs to the attic where they met Grandma and Lucy, a girl at the beginning of her life and a woman nearing the end of hers.
The Attic is a magical place where hidden treasures come to life as the imagination of the two characters come together. Set to a live original piano score, with a chance to take tea and a chance to dance, The Attic invites little ones and their carers to watch and join in the story.
A great way to introduce children to the theatre
It was truly magical
My daughter felt confident enough to get up and try things – she responded to the performance very well and wanted to participate.
Cheeky wee chapeaux, nifty titfers, felts and straws, squashy pull-ons and classy, sassy statement hats, all brimful of characterful possibilities that- like the cups, teapots and knitted cakes that are also whisked, quite magically, into view- lead on to a splendid tea-party where we join in the fun…spell-binding fun for little ones. MARY BRENNAN – THE HERALD★★★★
Grown ups will probably realise that the attic is like the inside of Granny’s head – and the unfinished knitting is an echo of the random wool-gathering that is occasioned by advancing years. Wee ones – and this Starcatchers production has 2 to 5 year olds especially in mind – will simply latch on to the attic as an adventure playground full of merry surprises, with Granny the best kind of fun-loving friend in games of make-believe. MARY BRENNAN – THE HERALD (2017) ★★★★ READ FULL REVIEW
Performed through some gentle clowning, and accompanied by a dusty coated David Paul Jones at the piano playing sounds whose mood chimes beautifully with each scene, like the crescendo of surprises as the tower of tiered boxes reveals their contents, The Attic is an innocent, intergenerational delight that encourages looking out and up and forward no matter what age. IRENE BROWN – EDINBURGH GUIDE (2017) ★★★★ READ FULL REVIEW
What is the story of The Attic? How long have you been working on the show? Who are the characters in The Attic? What can audiences expect visually? Why was the decision made to set the show to a live piano score? NATASHA MCKIM INTERVIEWS HAZEL DARWIN-CLEMENTS ON HER INSPIRATION FOR THE SHOW AND MUCH MORE – PRESS AND JOURNAL READ FULL INTERVIEW
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | The Studio at the Festival Theatre
Lochgelly Centre | Adam Smith Theatre | Rothes Hall, Glenrothes | Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Macrobert | Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock | Paisley Town Hall | Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock | East Kilbride Village Theatre | Birnam Institute, Perthshire | Eden Court | Universal Hall, Findhorn | Platform, Glasgow | Horsecross, Perth | Cumbernauld Theatre | Arts Guild, Greenock | Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh | Falkirk Town Hall | Howden Park Centre, West Lothian
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
The Attic 2017/18 Cast and Creative Team
Created and performed by Hazel Darwin-Clements
Performed by Gowan Calder, David Paul Jones and Keith McLeish
Directed by Heather Fulton
Music by David Paul Jones
Designed by Karen Tennant
Lighting Design by Craig Fleming
Production Manager Carrie Taylor
Marketing Sophie Ochojna
The Attic 2011 Cast and Creative Team
Performed & Created by Hazel Darwin-Edwards
Performed by Vari Sylvester
Designed by Karen Tennent
Composed by David Paul Jones
Directed By Heather Fulton
Lighting Designer Bee George