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Tagtool iPad live cinema at Bradford Festival

On the following weekend of the live gig at Holmfirth Arts Festival, we had the second installment of The Adventures Of Walter Lemonface at the Bradford Festival 2014.

What we do is this: we set up a small cinema-like space, basically a huge black tent. The stories of Walter are being told, live-illustrated and musically performed in sets of 20 minutes to a max of 20 kids sat on cushions inside the space.


Our fantastic storyteller is Dan Mallaghan; when he starts talking about The Highwayman, or The Rhubarb Ogre (he also developed all of Walter's stories, together with Fabric Lenny), it's what really brings the stories alive. Dan is brillant in engaging the children, e.g letting them record sound effects on his iPad mini for later use. And once we are into performance we would get into a ping pong of imagery and words, with us painters reacting to Dan's words, or vice versa.

The musical foundation during the gigs is added by the great Nick Lewis, playing and improvising sleuth tunes or suspense music on his accoustic guitar. Nick's guitar also is the 'voice' of Walter, when he gets in a banter with Dan. This always makes everybody giggle.

During all of this, Fabric Lenny and I would be sat in the back and illustrate the story, paint landscapes, and be puppeteers at same times, using iPads, a projector and Tagtool.

Sadly, there's never time during the plays to document it properly, but here's a tiny tiny blurry shot to give an idea of the whole thing. Really good fun.