Water-themed show to tell stories that last a lifetime

Campbell WilliamsonNarrogin Observer
Jenny Hill and Sandy McKendrick with their child puppet, Lizzie.
Camera IconJenny Hill and Sandy McKendrick with their child puppet, Lizzie.

Using words and images to conjure the roaring of waves and the beating heart of a whale, the stories of Indigo Sands will soon grace Narrogin.

Indigo Sands is a collection of traditional and original water-themed stories taken from around the world and delivered by artists Jenny Hill and Sandy McKendrick.

In the performance, Hill and McKendrick use voice, instruments, puppeteering and more to give depth and expression to these tales.

While the show is aimed at children, it is compelling viewing for all ages, according to tour manager Pippa Davis.

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“The theme is water, really,” she said. “There are two different stories on the origin of the tides, for instance, from two different parts of the world.

“It’s not just for children.

“You’ll hear them and you’ll think of your grandparents who used to tell you stories or read you fairy tales.

“The littlest ones get closer and closer and closer, and you think they’re going to touch something in a minute ... they’re quite beautiful, really.”

Ms Davis’ son still remembers seeing the performance, which was first performed to audiences in 1997, but time has not dimmed its effects.

After buying a prop from one of these early shows, Ms Davis and her son recently happened across it again while cleaning the house.

“I was clearing out my house and I said ‘maybe we shouldn’t keep it anymore’ and he said no... he’s 32,” she said.

“He grabbed it from me and said ‘no, no, we’re keeping that’.

“It’s one of those things, he looks at that and he can hear the story again.”

Now, Indigo Sands will be experienced by a new generation of young people, with a performance on June 18 at Narrogin Senior High School’s performing arts centre.

“Jenny is a consummate storyteller and Sandy complements her perfectly with her movements, her manipulation of objects and her illustrations,” Ms Davis said.

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