Handprint Theatre

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Month: April, 2012

Happy Monday

by handprinttheatreblog

In life, there are times when you might come across people who have a completely different outlook from you. You might be an optimist, and you might meet some pessimists. And vice versa. Neither is wrong, both are right; it is whatever suits that person. However, you might then meet someone who disagrees with the way you see the world around you. On those occasions, you must remember what you stand for, and why you stand for those things. Life has a way of weathering you, of shaping you into the person you are today, just like the sea erodes the rocks, and we need to respect that.

Perhaps one of the most important things in life is just that; respect. Respect for others, and their beliefs, and, equally important, the respect for yourself. We are all different; we come from different backgrounds, different cultures, upbringings, countries and lifestyles, and yet we are all entwined. It is a difficult thing to accept, at times, but it is also a beautiful thing. A young child has stories to tell someone who is at the other end of the life scale, just as they will have a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell the young child, and both are equally special. The respect that we can show each and every person will go a long way, and it will make all the difference.

If you have met new people recently, or in the past, and have been startled by the contrasts between your two worlds, then hopefully you have a story to take away from it. Whether that story is good or bad does not matter, life is made up of a whole host of stories that are both happy and sad; and we are making a wonderful, epic book. Each one of us has one in us. It is our life. Life is there for the living, so do what you love to do, and hold no regrets. You have control of the pen, and in front of you is perhaps the best story you will ever witness; we hope it is (and remember, if it’s not, you have the power to change it).

Personally, I find that the best way to making myself happy is to surround myself with all the things I love, and often it is the small things that create the biggest smile. A cup of tea. A cupcake. A pile of books that are waiting to be read. Smiles on the faces of those I love. What has made me smile recently? Seeing young children doting on Soapy Sam, the sunshine that has finally broken through the rain, Vanilla Lattes and cake, lots of cake. What has kept me calm? The knowledge that those in the Handprint team see the world around us in a very similar way, a very positive way. We believe that the imagination of children is something to be protected. We believe in keeping calm and carrying on. We believe in adventures. We believe in creating theatre that is accessible for everyone. And we believe in carrying over that accessibility into everything we do. Happiness is a state of living, not a destination.

We hope that you have had a lovely weekend, and a very Happy Monday. More posts to follow this week…

“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley


Happy Monday

by handprinttheatreblog

The Handprinters are still very busy, and starting the last week of the run in Croydon, with Sign Dance Collective! If you want to read reviews, then head to:

Review of Soapy Sam

Review of New Gold/Half a Penny

Hopefully you are all grabbing some of the sunshine we’ve been having in between the bouts of rain, and enjoying the little things. If you need any help…

And remember to inject a little bit of silliness into your day, the little ones certainly know a good thing when they see it, as proven by a young 4-year-old, who proclaimed Handprint to be “just so silly”. We all hope that you have had a great Monday…let the week begin!

Happy Monday

by handprinttheatreblog

Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright

Little darling
It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say,
It’s alright

Soapy Sam…in Croydon!

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Soapy Sam has escaped the confines of the Handprint office…and has landed in Croydon! You can expect lots of adventures and mischievousness…oh, and he’ll be performing too!

Soapy Sam

Sam loves hiding, especially when it’s bath time.
But what happens when adventurers play with the plug?

Handprint will be joining a host of other exciting performers, with lots happening over the next few weeks. If you are based in, or near London, then do come along. All information about the performances, activities, companies, travel and everything else you might want to know…below:

About New Gold Season (collaboration with Sign Dance Collective)

An exciting season of new performances for children, adults, and everyone in between at The Warehouse Theatre, Croydon!

April 13th-29th 2012
Have a look at the line up!

Handprint Theatre – For Children 3+

Soapy Sam

Soapy Sam loves hiding, especially when it’s bath time. But what happens when adventurers play with the plug?

Handprint Theatre ignite the imagination of all, making small things into big characters.


Signdance Collective – 8+

New Gold

Critically-acclaimed SignDance Collective perform their Olympic and Paralympic inspired production following four unlikely characters in their search for ‘gold’.

A playful, witty and completely irreverent look at competition and winning.

Half a Penny

Half A Penny showcases the phenomenal rock/folk set Dead Days Beyond Help. The show is devised in collaboration with Pedro De Senna and the ETOS Festival Ankara, Turkey. 

‘A box full of surprises, plenty to sing about’  – Stage First


Dead Days Beyond Help


Dead Days Beyond Help are Alex Ward (guitar/vocals) and Jem Doulton (drums). They formed in 2006 and played their first show in February 2007, and have performed regularly in London and around the UK since then. Their debut album “Access Denied!” (Copepod, 2009) featured a set of nine compositions (six instrumentals and three songs) written by Alex; while a subsequent limited edition release called “The Verbing” (Copepod, 2011) showcased the duo’s totally improvised work.

Their live performances feature an unpredictable mix of complex composed instrumentals, free improvisation, cover versions selected for maximum emotional resonance, and Alex’s own songs, spontaneously balanced by the two musicians without use of a set-list.

There are also dance, theatre and craft workshop opportunities for those aged 3-25.

Box Office: 020 8680 4060


A schedule of shows is on the website.


By Train turn right out of East Croydon Station and right again (one minute)

By Bus to East Croydon : T33, 64,119,194, 197, 198, 312, 367,409, 410, 466 & X26

Warehouse Theatre, Dingwall Road, Croydon CR0 2NF U

Dates and times of performances:

Saturday 14 April 11am Soapy Sam
Sunday 15 April 11.30am – workshop and Soapy Sam Show (1pm)
Tuesday 17 April 11am to 2pm Handprint workshop
Saturday 21 April 11am Soapy Sam
Sunday 22 April 12.30pm – workshop and Soapy Sam Show (2pm)
Friday 27 April 1pm Soapy Sam
Saturday 28 April Soapy Sam
Sunday 29 April 12.30pm – workshop and Soapy Sam  Show(2pm)

(For the Show) Tickets £4 children £5 grown-ups or Soapy Sam puppet workshop including the show £8

Link to The Croydon Warehouse Theatre’s website: http://www.warehousetheatre.co.uk/kidz.html


We hope to see you there!

Big News…

by handprinttheatreblog

…we’ve moved!

Yes, you read that right. We are no longer at our wonderful office, close to Liverpool Street! We just wanted to let you all know…and more information will be coming later this week. All of us, here at Handprint, hope that you had a lovely weekend, full of chocolate. Here’s to the week ahead…

Soapy Sam is off on an adventure…

Which we will tell you ALL about, later on today. Watch this space…

Big hugs from all at Handprint x

Happy Monday

by handprinttheatreblog

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I hope you live a life you’re proud of.

If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

Life is a curious thing, and we often have many commitments and responsibilities, pulling us in different directions. What often grounds us, and relaxes us, is finding the time for yourself. If you’re anything like me, it will involve making a cup of tea, and sitting for a while with your thoughts. Breathing. Dreaming. Decluttering your mind. I hope that you are happy, and if you’re not, then I really, truly hope that you have the strength to start all over again. That is the beauty of life. That is the beauty of humans. We define our limits.

And if you need more inspiration, then how about being inspired by Amy Hildebrand? She was born with albinism, “a rare hereditary disorder that prevents the body from making melanin, the substance that gives color to hair, skin and the iris of the eye.” She was born blind. Yet, today she is a photographer. She has defied the odds. She has done what people said she couldn’t. Want to know more? Read on. Be inspired. Life is extraordinary; it is down to us to make it so.

Happy Monday, let’s raise our mugs to inspiration.

Sarah x (and the Handprint team!)

Happy Monday Sunshine!

by Liz Ward

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Everyone at Handprint hopes you had a wonderful weekend – full of sunshine and smiles.

Handprint often take inspiration from the visual details around them for productions and ideas. Even when the sky is cloudy and its raining, they don’t let that close them off to being inspired. In a recent article written for the Hearing Times (available now in the April issue), Laura said:

We come across visual inspirations every day, be it the shape of a building, or the way people are running across the street in the rain. We are always noticing the visual aspects of things, and try to incorporate that into our work.

When writing (Liz), I am always looking at the world – whether visually or by learning something new – and taking inspiration from that for either articles or fiction. Even in things that are not conventionally thought of as beautiful – especially these – I find something to wonder about, to celebrate. Just as a photographer captures a moment in a photo, a writer is striving to use all these little details in their work. An actor observes people and notices all their little quirks and tics and takes these in to use as future reference. Being observers of the world means that everything in life has potential, has meaning beyond what you can immediately see. Accessible theatre, especially, needs those visual elements of life in order to tell a story. Total communication in theatre needs all the visual tools it is possible to use – puppetry, dance, physical theatre, BSL, sign song. This makes for a visually complex and rewarding experience, that is accessible to both hearing and deaf people.

So – next time you find yourself pausing at the bus stop, running to catch your train, sitting on the tube – take a moment to look around you and appreciate all the little things that you don’t usually notice. Allow yourself to take off on a flight of fantasy and make up your own story. Be inspired by the little things you see.

Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever present game of knowing. ~ Hank Green.