Short film showcased at Ards Puppet Festival in Newtownards

A group of 30 parents and children participating in the Creative Spark puppet & film project travelled to Newtownards last Saturday, May 25 to deliver their short film to the Ards Puppet Festival.
A group of 30 parents and children participating in the Creative Spark puppet and film project travelled to Newtownards last weekend to deliver their short film to the Ards Puppet Festival.

A group of 30 parents and children participating in the Creative Spark puppet and film project travelled to Newtownards last weekend to deliver their short film to the Ards Puppet Festival.

The group worked hard over six sessions to come up with the story, the puppet and set designs and the music for their short film, ‘Little Dreamer’.

“This is the journey of a little girl wandering through a series of surreal landscapes where she has many strange encounters,” explained Story facilitator Sharon McArdle.

“These encounters test her notions of the world.

“It’s a story about feelings that cannot always be simply expressed in words.“

The project was funded by the IFI and involved a diverse group of children and adults from the Dundalk area.

This is the second project Creative Spark brings to the Ards Arts Festival, in 2011 the festival showcased a documentary of the MuPaPu puppet show, ‘Muirhevnamor Monster’.

Over the course of four weeks the group of participants worked closely with facilitator Gareth Loughran to create the puppets and sets and with the musical director, Kalichi Donoghue, to record the soundscape for the film using songs and poems sung and recited by the children.

Filmmaker and editor Sean McMahon added some extra magic at the final stages.

The day out in Newtownards was an appropriate finale for the project, with the sunshine adding to the festive atmosphere.

After delivering their film the group took in a puppet show and visited the local historical monument, Scrabo Tower before returning to Dundalk.

“It was a joy to see parents and children sharing in the creativity together and having great fun in the process,” said Sophie Coyle, Community Relations Officer at Creative Spark.

“This group really gelled over the six sessions and the film they produced is a testament to the enthusiasm and harmony generated by their shared involvement.”

The film can be viewed on http://vimeo.com/creativesparkie