By Christine Johnston
The Gingham family are very concerned for all the lost and discarded hand-made toys in the world and travel the world to find them. They bring them to their colourful home of odd shaped boxes and welcome them to the family. Each toy is introduced one-by-one, and after seeing a short film of how they came to be lost, they are given a vocal sound, a movement, a piece of music, a night-light......and a nice comfy bed.
FLUFF - A Story of Lost Toys is a simple, joyful and humorous tale told with a twist. It has been acclaimed for its originality, warmth, clever use of comedy and extraordinary combination of song, movement, new technology and audience participation.
"they're astonishing physical comedians" New York Times
“One of the most imaginative shows for the young you will find. Highly sophisticated and great fun... the children - and the adults - loved it!” The Advertiser (Sydney Opera House season)
“FLUFF, for me was the absolute highlight of the festival. Christine Johnston created and performed, with her creative team, an absolutely brilliant piece of work. Juxtaposing new technology with handmade toys, this performance was inspired, funny, dark, theatrically clever and sophisticated. ......I strongly recommend you should see it if you get the chance.” Lowdown
“Toy story is simply enchanting.... The pacing is deft and Johnston’s vocal feats a marvel. By the end the children’s participation is guaranteed, and they stream from the theatre with radiant faces.” Sydney Morning Herald
The 2016 UK Tour of FLUFF - A Story of Lost Toys was assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.
FLUFF - A Story of Lost Toys was officially selected for a showcase performance in January 2013 at the International Performing Arts Youth Conference. This appearance was made possible with assistance from Arts Queensland.
TOUR DATES FOR 2016
|Friday||27 May||6:30pm||The Spark Arts for Children - Curve Theatre, Leicester||Saturday||28 May||2:00pm||The Spark Arts for Children - Curve Theatre, Leicester||Saturday||28 May||6:30pm||The Spark Arts for Children - Curve Theatre, Leicester||Wednesday||1 June||10:30am||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh SOLD OUT||Wednesday||1 June||1:30pm||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh SOLD OUT||Thursday||2 June||10:30am||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
|Thursday||2 June||1:30pm||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh SOLD OUT||Saturday||4 June||5:30pm||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh||Sunday||5 June||11:00am||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh||Sunday||5 June||3:00pm||Imaginate Festival - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
AUSTRALIA - Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
USA - Segerstrom Center for the Arts - California, Walter Art Center - Arkansas, New Victory Theatre - New York, Playhouse Square - Cleveland,
Chicago Humanities Festival at the Victory Biograph Theatre - Chicago
CANADA - The Calgary International Children's Festival at the Martha Cohen Theatre Arts Commons - Calgary
HONG KONG - International Arts Carnival at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre - Sheung Wan, International Arts Carnival at the Tai Po Civic Centre Auditorium - Tai Po
AUSTRALIA - The Studio at the Sydney Opera House, Awesome Festival at the Heath Ledger Theatre - Perth
USA - IPAY at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre - Philadelphia
AUSTRALIA - Lake Kawana Community Centre - Sunshine Coast
Photography by Sean Young