There are superhoodies everywhere. Have you seen them?
Back again for another school term, Puppets with Guts will be running a Kids Create Club at ROSE Community Centre, specifically for young people aged 8-13 in the Patmore, Savona and Carey Gardens area of Wandsworth. During the project young people will develop special Superhoodie performance powers, including learning to beatbox, break dance and designing bespoke hoodies with fashion designer Aitor Throup, to culminate in a show at the ROSE Community Centre Christmas market.
Superhoodie will also develop a set of individual hero characters to form a family of Hoodie puppets, who will roam through the streets. Each puppet will scale up in size, and when they reach their final destination, a big puppet beatboxing chorus and break dancing battle will ensue.
The Superhoodies project aims to unpick and challenge the diverse range of connotations and stereotypes associated with the ‘hoodie’. Wearing a hoodie offers a place of comfort, protection and anonymity, whilst also being viewed by others as something to be feared. This new project asks whether the hoodie can be a force for good, building on Puppets with Guts’ existing creative work undertaken with young people in the area.
About the artists
Puppets with Guts is a high-quality big puppet company based in West London. For this project, Puppets with Guts’ Artistic Director Ivan Thorley will collaborate with experienced participatory arts practitioner, Kati Francis (MA Applied Theatre), who has extensive experience facilitating community arts projects across London (Tricycle Theatre, Lambeth Disability Services, Mencap, EEA, Freshwater Theatre and schools and colleges).