PHANTOM FIGURES, PALE SHADOWS
A torchlit walk through the cemetery and magic shadow show at Kensal Green Cemetery on Saturday 1st October 2022 from 7:00 pm

“For in and out, above, about, below,
‘tis nothing but a magic shadow show,
played in a box whose candle is the sun,
round which we phantom figures come and go.”
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald

In literature, art and music the shadow often becomes more than just a shadow, taking on many meanings. At times the word shadow represents those who have died; at other times the shadow describes some alternate aspect of a person’s character. The shadow can be something menacing – it can also be an expedient method of visual storytelling, especially as the seventh art (film-making) established itself over the last century.

In Drew Colby’s hands, the shadow becomes something beautiful, humorous and highly crafted, as he uses his hand shadow skills to tell the story of his own journey into the world of shadows. With nothing but light and dark he conjures up the story of his beloved cat, Oliver, whose death inspired him to make hand shadows. The performance leads the audience on a journey through a cave and the primitive origins of hand shadows, into a cinema where the films are all referenced in shadow and out into a shadow landscape where a classic hand shadow routine (the wolf chasing the rabbit) is re-enacted (spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for the rabbit!) There is even a phenomenal shadow duet at the end of the show with a shadow Frank Sinatra.

Tickets £15 including a delightful Victorian punch. Please click here to buy.


DREW COLBY - THE HAND SHADOWGRAPHER
Award winning international hand shadow performer Drew Colby has played and worked with puppets since the age of five. Mainly self-taught, his work has toured to theatres and venues on five continents, and has been seen on television - notably "Not Going Out" (BBC), "8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown" (C4), "Game of Talents" (ITV) and "Trust" (BBC). Drew has won awards including the 2018 Phoenix Arts Club cabaret award on the West End in London and the audience choice award for Best Show at the 2019 Newcastle Puppetry Festival. He came third in Germany’s Got Talent in 2021.

 

 

 

 

The Venue - Brompton Cemetery