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The Shadow Kit

During the first national lockdown in 2020, Kneehigh company members came together to create a brand-new short film The Neon Shadow, which premiered on our YouTube channel to great acclaim.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s rarely told tale, The Shadow, its themes of isolation, technology and desire could not have been more timely. Working within COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions was challenging, but the team found innovative ways to create and collaborate.

In the months following, Tom Jackson-Greaves (director), Annamaria Murphy (writer), Dom Coyote (composer) and Brett Harvey (editor) produced a practical tool kit which explores the creative process and provides exercises for students and artists alike to imagine and create their own projects. Now we find ourselves in lockdown once again, we are delighted to very soon release this online educational resource pack on Kneehigh Cookbook, with free access to anyone who would like to use it.

The Shadow Kit contains Q&As from the artists who worked on the film, video and audio files, practical exercises and provocations for individuals or groups to work through, and more. We hope it will encourage you to create your own scrapbook of ideas, whilst providing practical exercises to help you get a project up on its feet. It is suitable for secondary, sixth form, college and university students.

And that’s not all… keep an eye out over the coming weeks for the release of Shadow Arms, the title track of Dom Coyote’s original score for the film.