Clay & Paper Theatre Goes Online!
Clay and Paper Theatre (C&P) has been creating big, original, image-based plays, pageants, and parades with and for the community in parks across the city of Toronto for the past 26 years. We use large-scale puppetry to tell today’s urgent stories.
What is small, fun and made of paper?
This summer, Clay and Paper Theatre comes into your homes and gets small – very small – with our new online project: The Third Eye, a FREE online community experience in paper theatre storytelling. Paper theatres are also called toy theatres because they’re small-scale (think computer screen or shoe box), made of paper and EVERYONE can make one.
Create With Us!
Clay and Paper Theatre and the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks, invite you to join us on a creative journey. During these very unusual times, we hope to create a time capsule of life and wisdom in and around our communities. Through your paper theatre, we invite you to share your view from where you are, to share the wisdom from your third eye.
What You’ll Make
A Walk in the Park, Abi Stushnoff (Clay and Paper Theatre artist and Third Eye facilitator)
Abi’s view: “Life isn’t always a walk in the park. Yet, I find myself walking a great deal during these tumultuous times. I walk to reconnect with my breath, to the rhythm of my feet, to the natural world that offers pieces of joy, to hear myself think. Life is fast, yet the pace of walking seems closest to my thoughts. And so I walk, I think, I listen. “A Walk in the Park” is an étude to this wandering path we call life.”
Watching You, Kira Hashie (Clay and Paper Theatre artist and Third Eye facilitator)
Kira’s view: “The inspiration of “Watching You” began after a phone call with my grandmother, who lives on a small First Nations Reserve located at the head of Lake Timiskaming. At the beginning of the pandemic, a curfew was initiated to curb the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the curfew has been lifted but the problem has shifted. The bears have been coming out more frequently and closer to residential areas than before. The animals watch and explore while we stay inside. It makes you wonder, you never really know who’s watching you.”
Who can participate?
The Third Eye project welcomes adults, youth and children to explore and build with us. Children must be eleven years of age or older and work together on the project with their parent or guardian.
4 FREE online workshops (1.5 hrs each x 4), provide you with the tools to make a paper theatre, create your own 3-minute story, perform it and record it.
Extra coaching and help
With small, online groups, and a personal coach, participants get lots of attention and help from Clay and Paper Theatre artists.
Access online resources and skills sharing videos on: story making, building a paper theatre, creating the sound for your show, getting ready for a performance, how to record your performance.
We’ll focus on using materials and technologies found in your home. But if needed, we can also support you with free supplies to make your paper theatre. We’ll prepare and safely drop off your supplies to you.
At the end of the three weeks, we’ll share videos of our paper theatres with one another in a showcase performance hosted online by Clay and Paper Theatre.
Who has a Third Eye?
We all do, actually. We all have life experience, lived knowledge and wisdom to share, whether you’re 11 or 111 years old!