Although it sounds like a tale from a children’s story, the reality is that fish are slowly starting to disappear from our rivers and seas. Some research shows that wild fish could be a thing of the past by 2048. Why? And how can one little girl help stop it? Leaper: A Fish Tale follows one fish's magical quest against the ever-growing natural and man-made monsters in our waters.
Using their signature blend of beautiful puppetry and mesmeric music, Tucked In will explore the colourful and breathtaking world beneath the water’s surface.
Leaper was originally inspired by Steve Keay, a Tucked In audience member and Unit Manager of a salmon reconditioning unit for the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board in Perth, Scotland. Since meeting Steve in 2013, Tucked In have conducted research directly with marine biologists, social ecologists and school children.
‘Tucked In have always strived to create original work for children that is challenging, dark and never patronising. Leaper has been three years in the making and I can’t wait to share it with the world.
‘We can’t get the fish to live properly’, said one young girl during our development period. I believe children are born with an inherent spirit of conservation and once we grow up we loose a little of that. That is why creating a puppetry production about the future of fish for children is so interesting. During our research the children found that the idea of destroying one of the most bountiful natural resources utterly silly! I believe the ultimate key to conservation is education. It is the next generation who are going to be most effected by our present mistakes. Perhaps the show can give a subtle platform for parents and teachers to start debating these important issues with these young minds and perhaps they can help discover a way to create a sustainable future for life in our waters!
We believe the best way for people to connect with these issues is through story and we hope that Leaper will be moving, funny and extremely powerful. We hope to create a visually arresting piece experimenting with light, mirrors and water and of course there will be puppets galore!’
Hal Chambers, Artistic Director of Tucked In Productions.
Supported by Arts Council England, Lyric Hammersmith, Brighton Dome, National Aquarium Limited, Sea Changers and the Unity Theatre Trust, Leaper will tour to theatres, schools and aquariums around the UK.
Following their highly-acclaimed productions of Sam Rose in the Shadows, The Golden Cowpat and Tim & Light, this promises to be Tucked In’s most ambitious family show yet.
More information on Tucked In can be found at www.tuckedin.org.uk
The Press on Tucked In:
'Delightful... lovely work fizzing with unassuming creativity.' ???? Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (on Sam Rose in the Shadows 2013)
'Tucked In are blessed with a fresh new vision' The Stage
'There is a spirit of magic and adventure in Tucked In's work that is intoxicating. I was be-witched, as was my four year old.' Simon Stephens, Playwright
On Director Hal Chambers:
'Shakespeare for the OMG generation? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, when it’s as good as this.' ????? The Times on Hal's Romeo & Juliet 2013
'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic....this sumptuous production is wonderfully whimsical.' The Guardian on Hal Chambers and Emma Earle's production of The Bear 2015