Lee Phillips: Performing with Oily Cart

Lee Phillips was one of the performers in All Wrapped Up, our first inclusive show created for under 5s.

Lee Phillips talks about his experience performing in All Wrapped Up, from the first audition, to devising, to taking the show on the road.

All Wrapped Up was non-verbal, and the narrative was communicated through movement, music, shadow and light. Our Artistic Director Ellie asked the performers to write their character’s version of what was happening on stage. Here, Lee tells the Shadow Man’s story…

All Wrapped Up – Shadow Man’s Story

I see a big light outside and wait, a shadow… A female shadow, playing with paper. I’ll hide and wait for the lady to come and play. Shall I introduce myself…? I feel her following the light.

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How about I let her in…? She joins in with her light. Gold and blue. Big and small let’s have some fun…

Time to reveal my head shadow to the girl. She does the same. What should I do?! This is a mistake. Must get out of the light… She wants me to come with her. Fat chance. I’m staying in the dark.

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I hear my good friend the sound sorceress, DJ Bea jump into action. The lady loves it… Time to reveal my spotlight dancing, shadow style… Wait. Where’s my shadow?… What?… I’ve been exposed. I’ve gotta hide. But how? Look in the box… I’ll cover myself with the bubble wrap and cover my face with the box. Better beware of the little ones… The girl stops me, now what…? She takes the box off my head. No, no, no!!!  Put it back, put it back… Please!! Phew! Now what is the girl up to?

She taps the box, does she want to dance?… Ha, ha, ha, okay! I’ll dance, you follow… Step-by-step. Sweet. Woo-hoo. Wait. Why am I feeling a little light? Why am I feeling this breeze? The girl took my bubble armour and turned it into a light ball.

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Let the ball fly around the little ones. Grown-ups too. Come dance along with it… Time to put the glowy bubble ball away… Wow. I see the little ones everywhere.

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I’ve got a present for the girl. Sticky tape!! Shall I give it to her? She loves it. Let’s play. It’s like an obstacle course! Phoebe, the guardian, is gathering all the little ones to play, sticking lots of papers to the tape and… Wow, there’s a paper bird flying around.

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Time to untangle the tape. Uh-oh. I turned it into a ball… I’ll give it to the girl… Whoa. She made a head for the bird… The bird is looking at me. Time to create an animal with my shadow. WOW. I created a moose… WOW. The girl created a Dragon out of paper. The Dragon is flying everywhere… Uh-Oh. I smell the Dragon breathe. It’s spitting fire everywhere. Time for the little ones to make fire noises…

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Time for the Dragon to go back in the gold box. Good. Whoa, that was wild!! Box lights? Box lights for the little ones to play with and don’t mind if I join them…

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Playtime comes to an end. Oh no it’s time to go… I don’t know how to say goodbye to the girl. Or the little ones. Oh no, the shadow world is going to sleep and I’m turning into a shadow. Time to turn into the spotlight… Goodbye.