Z-Arts gets Wired, Wild & Alive

Wired, Wild & Alive; sounds like a title for a new Saturday TV program like ‘Wipeout’. Well, while it may not be a new TV show, Wired, Wild & Alive is a nature-inspired exhibition born from an interest from TV.

Due to be making its arty statement at Manchester’s Z-Arts Gallery on 18 May, the show will fill the Gallery with amazing colourful creatures imagined by using a variety of knitting, crochet & embroidery techniques.

Wired, Wild & Alive will be fantastic and strange, and will be an engaging theatrical and visual arts experience for children & families.

Created by textile artist and puppet maker, Amanda Beck-McKim, the interactive textile installation will be animated with storytelling, puppetry and digital projections that children as young as 4 can explore.

With live art, the show will help you discover the wonders of nature, and how it can inspire whilst educating about environmental issues for creatures and their habitats.

“I have been working inspiring children to create for 20 years. After interest from TV about making a show using my puppets, I decided to put together a group of performers to bring my knitted creatures to life”, Amanda writes.

Wired and Wild Performers

Alice Penny – a storyteller from Mother Hen Creative voted net mums children’s entertainer of the year.

Rik Thorpe – actor, puppeteer and writer from Raging Gibbons Collective.

Aisling Leyne – puppeteer, actress and voice over actress, starred in the Horrible Histories tour, works with Collective Encounters and the Latern Company.

Austin Mitchell Hewitt – puppeteer, director for Artemis Productions and has his solo show “I’m happy here honest!”

Matt Crowther – puppeteer trained with The Jim Henson Company in Belfast and has his own mobile show the Dale Wingbottom Experience.

 

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