The Monster puppet returned again for our opening exchange but this time its fluency was improved by the introduction of a “Babel Fish” a reputedly magic fish (inspired by The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) which by tickling its head with its tail made it possible for the monster to speak in English to the children, so that they could ask it lots more questions. Margaret wrote the questions they asked down on the white board as we went along, as we knew they would be useful later. I improvised the monster’s responses and we had a lot of fun
Then I suggested that it might be nice for my monster to meet theirs. But before they dressed themselves in their monster shadow masks, we told them we were going to give them some quiet thinking time, to dream how their monster might stand to make its shadow picture, and invited them to practice a few positions first. While they were thinking, we gave out their masks and props, the storing and distribution of which was becoming increasingly a logistical challenge.
After the quiet thinking time, we made available some large fabrics to cover the other visible “undisguised” parts of their bodies, unless they wanted them to be seen, encouraging them to test the shadows of these. We assisted with pins and string and staplers. The children loved this and would have done it all day had there been time.
Finally the teacher called them up to the screen one by one while the audience closed their eyes so they had a few minutes to prepare themselves and then their monster called the children (in its own “language”) to open their eyes and see it. We photographed and applauded each.
More photos for this session will be uploaded on Wed. 13.5