THE DARK, THE DEVIOUS AND THE DEAD
A torchlit walk through the cemetery and puppet show at Kensal Green Cemetery
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October 2021 from 7:00 pm


The death of a beloved cat was the beginning of a journey into the world of shadows for Drew Colby, the UK's only full-time hand shadow performer. With nothing but light and dark he conjures up tales of deceit, trickery and mortality; ghostly, romantic poems of illicit love and fatal passion from beyond the grave in "The Highwayman" and "The Suffolk Miracle" and spookily humorous tales such as "The Witch called Five".

Shadowgraphy (aka ombromanie) may be the oldest form of puppetry. It probably originated in the Far East and was a popular form of visual entertainment, often incorporated into the acts of magicians and vaudeville performance artists before the advent of movies. Drew Colby will explore the visual language of cinema and how it has shaped hand shadows in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century, before the show ends with the phenomenal duetting of the performer and his shadow. No shadow stone has been left unturned in a tour de force that will amaze and enchant adults and children alike.

Tickets £15 including a delightful Victorian punch. Please click here to buy.


DREW COLBY - THE HAND SHADOWGRAPHER
Award winning international hand shadow performer Drew Colby has played and worked with puppets since the age of five. Mainly self-taught, his work has toured to theatres and venues on five continents, and has been seen on television - notably "Not Going Out" (BBC), "8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown" (C4), "Game of Talents" (ITV) and "Trust" (BBC). Drew has won awards including the 2018 Phoenix Arts Club cabaret award on the West End in London and the audience choice award for Best Show at the 2019 Newcastle Puppetry Festival.

 

 

 

 

The Venue - Brompton Cemetery