Ariel on the Cliff is an open-air introduction to air itself. A celebration of all things breezy, this gentle, warm show for family audiences mixes acoustic music with sensory storytelling, puppetry, movement interaction and big deep breaths.
Ariel On The Cliff toured schools and healthcare settings in Birmingham’s inner-city areas Sparkbrook, Bordesley Green and Highgate between June 2018 and February 2019, supported by The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Arts Council England. It has also played to sell-out audiences at Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham) and ArtsDepot (London).
Ariel is a daydreamer. From her perch way up at the top of the cliff, she introduces us to all her airborne friends (like Buzz the Bee and Squawk the Seagull), creating soundtracks for them using lots of different wind instruments. But Ariel’s down-to-earth friend Pebble, who lives way down on the beach, spots something dark and brooding on the horizon. Can the children help Ariel’s friends get home before the storm arrives?
Cloud Cuckoo Land put children at the heart of the story in this new participatory performance created especially for community spaces: libraries, hospitals, schools and community centres.
Ariel on the Cliff was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company, as part of their ‘Stratford-on-Sea’ season of open-air family performances which took place outside the RST during the summer holidays.