City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

A Puffin Great Adventure Exploring Climate Change


By Lindsay Corr - Posted on 02 November 2018

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A new children’s show by Snap Elastic is on tour across Scotland from today, and flies into Edinburgh, landing at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday 10 November to entertain with a tale of friendship that also brings a social message.

‘Puffin’ is the story of how a girl meets a puffin, and a puffin meets a girl, and how their friendship raises questions, teaching them to deal with change in our uncertain world, even climate change.

Music, song and movement come together in a fun exploration of our relationships with and our responsibilities to each other, wildlife and the world around us.

Why do clouds multiply in inexplicable ways?
Why do sand eels just disappear from the sea?

Snap Elastic is a new, artist-led ensemble made up of theatre makers Alice Mary Cooper, Eszter Marsalkó and Claire Willoughby.

Their mission is to create work that makes a real connection between the art and its audience – sparking a healthy debate between peers, teachers, children and families – aiming to make the audience feel connected, present and important.

It was Alice Mary Cooper’s experience working at the Scottish Seabird Centre that ruffled her feathers of creativity for the show, as she states:

‘I was working at the Scottish Seabird Centre performing shows about seabirds for young people, and the Centre’s mascot is a puffin. I couldn’t help but notice how quickly and excitedly young people went toward it – there’s something infectiously happy and inherently funny about puffins, the “clowns of the sea”, but although perceived as joyous birds, there’s a serious threat to their survival as a direct result of climate change.

‘Due to warming seas, their food source is travelling further and further north, pushing them extreme distances to fish, away from their homes. This fragile and likeable creature faces real problems due to human induced global warming and I think it’s the perfect character to help engage children and young people in discussion about, and hopefully, action on climate change.’

Mary Alice Cooper was at the Centre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe earlier this year with her delightful one woman show, 'Waves', for which she one Dark Chat's Best Performer in a Children's Show.

Did you know?

Puffins are one of only a few birds that can hold several fish in their bills at one time. They can gather, on average, around ten sand eels on a single foraging trip, meaning they can bring more food back to their chicks; they don’t have to regurgitate the meal for the young either.

For all their cuteness, Puffins are tough. They can stay out at sea for 3 years without ever going in to land!

To find out more about these wonderful creatures and be entertained along the way, get along to the Netherbow Theatre for this fishy tale on Saturday 10 November.

Show starts at 11am and is suitable for everyone 7+ years.

Tickets at www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com or 0131 556 9579

Creative Team:
Independent Arts Projects in association with Platform
Created & performed by Alice Mary Cooper & Claire Willoughby
Created & directed by Eszter Marsalkó
Designer: Mamoru Iriguchi
Lighting Designer: Laura Hawkins
Composer: Daniel Padden
Movement Director: Emma Jayne Park
Dramaturg: Ian Cameron
Project Mentor: Gill Robertson

Lindsay Corr is Marketing and Communications Manager for TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), which is based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.