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 throughout Scotland.
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 ★★★★
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 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