A Playful Performance for a Library

Small Children watch then take part in this site-sensitive participatory performance about kinship and connection.  Kin was made for library and bookshop spaces and was part of the Art of Libraries project.  

Kin was developed especially for the Library’s’ Space Chase Challenge and follows a simple narrative of an alien creature trying to connect with earthlings through the language of books. With a minimalist soundtrack, sculptural set and dance-like performance, the piece was loved by young children and their adults alike.

Performed as a Work-In-Progress at Tuffley and Quedgeley Library, Gloucestershire, the development of Kin was paused by Covid 19.

Creative Team

Concept and Direction: Lucy Cassidy
Deviser and Performer: Brenda Waite
Dramaturgy: Katy Costigan
Produced by: Lucy Cassidy
Funded and Supported by: Art of Libraries, Create Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Library Service

"It was beautifully surreal . . . balletic almost . . ." [Staff Member, Tuffley Library]

"My 2 year old found it very funny!" [Parent]

"It was very child-centred, children can really engage & connect & feel part of it . ." [Parent]

"There was this moment of quiet when everything in the library seemed to stop and listen
and focus" [Staff Member, Quedgeley Library]