Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring. This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual. All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep. Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!
In 2017, Return to Spring was commissioned by dlr County Council Arts Office with support from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee and the Arts Council. The work was inspired and directly influenced by the artists’ experience of working with the children from Ballyogan Family Resource Centre. In particular, the artists and children explored issues around climate change, nature, and the environment. Return of Spring also acknowledges the support that it received from Roscommon Arts Centre’s ‘First Edition’ as well as the Arts Council’s Next Generation Bursary Award (which Thomas Johnston received in 2017).
Created and performed by: Thomas Johnston and Niamh Lawlor
Music composition and trad. arrangements: Thomas Johnston, Puppet design Niamh Lawlor at Púca Puppets
Set design: Eve Fisher
Producer: Ceol Connected
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