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 2017/18 Production
The Attic was originally created by Hazel Darwin-Edwards during the Inspire Project at the Byre Theatre, Saint Andrews. Read about the first tour here.
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.
Images taken by Solen Collet
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 toured to Carnegie Hall in December and The Studio at the Festival Theatre in January 2018, and toured wider Scotland in April/May 2018.
The tour also visited nurseries across Scotland as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland (TiSS).
He was completely captivated, this was his first theatre experience
I like the calm approach to these performances, the intimate nature and scope of imaginative initiation.
Engaged, giggling, watching, spotting. Yes, greatly enjoyed it.
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 | Minifest at The Barn, Banchory | Webster Theatre, Arbroath | Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy | Theatre Royal Dumfries | The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen | Eastgate Theatre, Peebles | Lanark Memorial Hall | The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh | FTH Theatre, Falkirk | The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Previous Tours 2011/12 – visit the Attic 2011 Production page
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