We were really excited last week to get delivery of the first hard copies of the Storybook we've created for our new theatre project Under the Bed.
After the Art Exhibition and research at Leeds Central Library, Artist Fabric Lenny and Writer Dan Mallaghan spent a week living in a cabin in the woods developing the final narrative for the story, writing the prose and creating the illustrations for the book.
The book is a short story told in the style of a fairytale and follows the adventures of a young girl called Alice as she is stolen away in the middle of the night to a strange house by her mother. Confused and scared, she argues with her mum during the day and at night hides from the strange noises that seem to fill the house. Then one night, a creature crawls out from under her bed and promises to take Alice to the world beneath her; whether she wants to go or not.
As well as the story and illustrations the book also contains footnotes on how we might turn it into a theatre production and a poem created at Leeds Central Library.
The book will be used as an alternative to a script by the artists creating the theatre production, particularly when developing the musical, visual and animated aspects of the show. The idea beind this is that by presenting the work as a story, it will free the animators from the confines of a pre-structured script and allow them much more freedom in their ideas and final films. We can then develop a script that encompasses their work fully afterwards.
After the book has been used to create the production we intend to publish it for sale as a storybook in its own right.
We hope you like it, we think its a beautiful thing!