Saolta Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents A bird at my window and other stories as part of The Deepest Shade of Green.
Transforming the bedsides of young patients into miniature theatre spaces, Sarah Fuller and Manuela Corbari share an enchanting collection of stories where the natural and human worlds are intertwined. A bird at my window and other stories is a magical and thought-provoking response to an Italian children’s book, where nature provides a backdrop of wonder for tales about love for the weakest and smallest creatures, love for diversity, and about the deep significance of caring for those in need. Here plants and humans become friends, animals can talk, and flowers think like philosophers – exploring our connection to each other and the world around us.
Inspired by the book Nine Stories About Love by Italian writer Giovanna Zoboli and Portuguese illustrator Ana Ventura, the artists developed a series of immersive and intimate bedside performances through an extended process of engagement with young patients and their families at University Hospital Galway. Melding puppetry, storytelling, and shadow play, a tabletop response to these experiences then evolved to support family play across the five Paediatric Units of Saolta University Health Care Group: University Hospital Galway, Portiuncula University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital and Letterkenny University Hospital. Created as a limited edition for young patients, their shadow box theatre is accompanied by a suite of soundscapes, stories, and templates which are downloadable from saoltaarts.com and available to the wider public for more adventures in shadow play.
Artwork by Sarah-Fuller