by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Maggie Ford and Ava Hunt
Performed Ava Hunt
Designed by Stephen John
Filmed Ava Hunt & Maggie Ford
Music Roger Knott-Fayle
Lighting and Sound Design Andy Purves
Editing & animation Roger Knott-Fayle
The Kites Are Flying – where friendship knows no barriers. The story is set in the West Bank about a Palestinian boy, Siad who flies kites over the 450 mile security wall that divides Israel and Palestine trying to make friends with a Jewish girl the other side.
Workshops were conducted in Derby City and Ava was interested in whether although there are no physical walls that surround Normanton in Derby maybe there were invisible walls that may obstruct the children from achieveing their goals in life. In schools, drama was used to explore the story and ask the children to make kites and to consider dreams for the future.
Following these workshops Ava and Maggie then visited Palestine working Aida Refugee Camp with Alrowwad Arts and Jenin visiting Freedom Theatre company. Whilst there filmed footage was created and then used to create the digital world within which a live solo performance would be delivered.
The children then visited Derby Theatre to see the work in the studio – making that journey for the first time for many of them the children were fascinated by the story and engrossed in the provocation of flying kites over the barriers that they may perceive. Performances were also delivered to children in Nottingham Playhouse.