The Golden Conch Shell

The Golden Conch Shell


TSF is currently working on transforming the online animated film into a theatrical production for young children. 



The story so far ... back in 2020 ...

TSF produced an animated shadow puppetry film, available online above, based on the story of siblings Serena and Billy, who try to find their voice in the contemporary world.

You may recall that a few years ago, we worked with Patricia Bergeron from Montreal-based company Théàtre À L'Envers on A Frog Called Woânda, a touring production for young children. During these strange times of lockdown, where travelling across the world via Zoom has become the norm, we have been reunited with Patricia on a project to produce a short animated film for children aged 5-10 years and their families. Joining us on this journey is puppeteer Zannie Fraser (Norfolk-based Luminous Tales), musician Dumisizwe Vuyo Bhembe (Swaziland/Canada), and TSF regular Ken Patterson.

The Golden Conch Shell is a story for our times, based on West African folklore blended with elements of Hans Christian Andersen. Serena and Billy are two siblings trying to find their way in the contemporary world. Their adventures take them down to the very depths of the sea where they meet the sea goddess Mami Wata and her army of sharks. How will they use their talents and ingenuity to escape Mami Wata's clutches and return safely home?

This short film was premiered online on 21 August  2020 on the Facebook page of FORUM CINEMA HEXHAM. Experience the full watch party event here. With an introduction from the team and after the film -  listen to the artistic team talk about their roles.

The film is now available to view for free on our Youtube channel. 

Make your own Billy shadow puppet
Download the resource materials, below, which has instructions and templates then watch the video of Zannie as she shows you how to assemble the puppet step-by-step.


The online project was supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund which allowed TSF to continue its international work with theatre companies abroad and closer to home during the Covid-19 crisis.



Resource Materials:DOWNLOAD


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