Artist(s):

Jen Edgar

Jen Edgar is a theatre artist whose work consists of making theatre and creative experiences with and for people of all ages. She is a facilitator, deviser and performer, with her work heavily rooted in collaboration.

The Production

Yarla lives in the woods. It is Winter time, and so he is listening.

He can hear the wind in the trees, the birds in the sky, and the cracks and crunches of the woodland floor. But Yarla is only listening to the sounds of the sticks… and they are calling to him.

Follow Yarla on a magical woodland journey that will arouse the senses. Filled with music, song and animation, Yarla and the Winter Wood is a multi-sensory story for 6 months – 3 years, that children and adults alike will find enchanting.

Yarla and the Winter Woods was created as part of the Playground Residency Project in 2013, developed from artist Jen Edgar’s time in residency at Glenlee and Calderside Nurseries, South Lanarkshire.

The Playground, saw two artists embedded in two communities in Scotland, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire and Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. In partnership with Renfrewshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Jen Edgar and Nik Paget-Tomlinson were selected to work in these communities, engaging with very young children in nurseries and community centres to explore, play and create experiences for this age range and their carers. To conclude the project, both artists produced a performance.

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Audience Feedback

“They were totally enthralled the whole way through!”

 

“My 10 months old son was captivated! Music beautiful and Yarla is such a lovely warm character.” 

 

“Wee one was mesmerised by sounds and visuals – especially the cello.” 

 

Tours

2013

The Town House | Hamilton 5 July

Eastwood Park Theatre | East Renfrewshire 6 July

Greenbank Gardens | Glasgow 7 July

Rutherglen Town Hall | South Lanarkshire 11 July

Carnegie Hall | Fife 12 July

Platform | Glasgow 17 July

Neilston Library | East Renfrewshire 17 July

Artspace | Craigmillar 19 July

East Kilbride Arts Centre | South Lanarkshire 22 July

Clarkston Library | East Renfrewshire 25 July

Lanark Memorial Hall | South Lanarkshire 26 July

Tron Theatre | Glasgow 27 July

The Institute | Aberdour Festival | Fife 2 August

Additional Information

Cast & Crew 2013

Scott Twynholm Composer

Roy Shearer Designer

Iain Craig Animator

Laurie Brown  Performer

Greg Sinclair Performer/Musician

Production Manager Zoe Squair

Project Supporters