FLUFF

A Story of Lost Toys

ABOUT

FLUFF – A Story of Lost Toys is a simple, joyful and humorous tale told with a twist.

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.

It has been acclaimed for its originality, warmth, clever use of comedy and extraordinary combination of song, movement, new technology and audience participation.

CREATIVE TEAM

Christine Johnston
Creator & Set Designer

Lisa O’Neill
Choreography

Peter Nelson
Music

Selene Cochrane
Costumes

Ben Hughes
Lighting Designer

Kylie Burke, Russell Stokes & Christine Johnston
Visual Content

CAST

Christine Johnston

Lisa O’Neill

Peter Nelson

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

they’re astonishing physical comedians

New York Times

By the end, we’ve contributed to a roller- coaster of cunningly recorded sounds and seen music and dance come alive in an exuberant, irresistible salute to the potential in unwanted objects.

Dance Review, Edinburgh

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

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

The result is an an energetic, theatrically clever show which offers Imaginate Festival audiences the delightful juxtaposition of cutting edge media technology with the genuinely timeless charms of hand-made, bespoke toys.

Paul F. Cockburn, Broadway Baby, Edinburgh

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.

TOUR DATES

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

2017

The Art House, Wyong, Australia

The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Australia

Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, Australia

2016

Imaginate Festival, Ediburgh, Scotland

The Spark Festival, Leicester, UK 

Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, Australia

2015

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia

2014

Segerstrom Centre for the Arts, California, USA

Walter Art Centre, Arkansas, USA

New Victory Theatre, New York, USA

Playhouse Square, Cleveland, USA

Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, USA

The Calgary International Children’s Festival, Calgary, Canada

International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Awesome Festival, Perth, Australia

2013

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY). Philadelphia, USA

* Officially selected for a showcase performance at IPAY. This appearance was made possible with assistance from Arts Queensland.