Great we've managed to book up a number of public presentations of Galdo's Gift. That's fantastic! Woo hoo! Go Tapocketa, yeah!
'Yeah, it's going to be good.'
'Er, have you had any thoughts as to what we might do?'
'I dunno, you?'
Well, thankfully, ideas and elaboration are our strong point; our problem is time. We need to find some way of presenting our book to a whole bunch of heckling children that is fun colourful and inventive and relatively quick. We decided the best idea was to blow everything up.
That is to say, we would take the illustrations directly from the book and blow them up to human size so we could perform the story at full scale. We would just need to work out how we could attach the character heads to ourselves and be able to switch them quickly.
A whole bunch of illustrations
A bemused local printing shop
A lot of thick card
Tonnes of Velcro
A huge loss of dignity
With a skull cap made from Velcro (which looked fine on Eleanor but for some reason on me gave the air of someone all prepped up for the electric chair, 'sorry, kids') and its Velcro counterpart attached to the back of each character mask; we had our quick-change system ready.
Our first 'gig' would be Commonswood Primary School in Welwyn Garden City. We had initially asked if we could 'perhaps, kindly have a quick session talking to a few children about the book, if that would be to much of a problem, thank you'.
Cut to: booked for seven half hour sessions each with thirty children (the last session would actually be sixty children) aged from seven to eleven, all on the same day. -'Oh, *gulp*, thank you, that sounds great'. Oh God.
Ok, so no hiding, time to step up...
5... 4... 3... 2... 1...
(to be continued...)