While artists from Banksy to Sir Anthony Gormley are responding in their own way to the period of isolation, an artist and playwright in Bristol has been offering children across the city a way to support key workers through their own artistic endeavours.
Brook Tate is a writer and creator of children’s musicals – one of which “My Great Giraffe” was co-produced with Bristol Old Vic in 2019. “Martha” the live-size puppet proved such a hit, she became a familiar face in children’s hospitals and at events, championing her message of holding your head up high during difficult times, even when you may be feeling scared.
Brook invited children to create their own Marthas for the Thursday evening Clap for Keyworkers, using Bristol Old Vic At Home’s new online Family Arts Hub to show a “How to” video to make your own giraffe for the keyworkers.
“The response has been amazing” said Bristol Old Vic Engagement Director Lucy Hunt. “We’ve been working for the last few weeks to find ways to connect with young people across the city while the theatre is closed and our Family Arts Hub has proved really popular with families looking for resources to keep their children’s imaginations flourishing.
“Brook kindly offered to gift Martha to the city in this way and we’re delighted to be able to help through our channel. Parents have been sending in Giraffes in all shapes and sizes. The first animals met virtually yesterday on Bristol Old Vic’s twitter stream. We’re hoping to have a herd of giraffe on every hilltop and high-rise in Bristol very soon!”
More theatre and activities from Brook will be appearing on the Family Arts Hub soon.
To make your own giraffe, and to see what else the Family Arts Hub has to offer visit: www.bristololdvic.org.uk/at-
To find out more about Brook Tate visit http://www.brooktate.