There was an alteration to our planned session this week, as Rob was unable to do his improvisation session, so we decided to continue to prepare for making our movie trailer next week. In addition to our usual attendees, we also had Amelia Whitehouse joining us for tea and talking though out the afternoon.
We decided to do a trailer for the Gruffalo, as it seemed the perfect excuse to use my foxy mask, which meant that we also needed and owl, snake, mouse and of course, a Gruffalo itself.
The Gruffalo website gave us a few hours of hysterics, in particular some of the songs sung by Julia and Malcolm featured on their Clips page. A firm favourite is ‘Sharing a Shell Song’, about a Crab, a Purple Blob and a Brush Thing who share a shell and argue when they get claustrophobic. They go their separate ways, until a huge storm, which is enthusiastically enacted by Julia beating the table stuffed toys with a mighty stick with a storm cloud on it, brings a bigger shell to the rock pool. ‘The Crow and the Fox’ also offered moments of delight for their wonderful serenading foxy man.
It was eventually decided that the fox, owl and snake would all be masked people, the mouse would be a hand puppet that could be played by anyone, and two of us would form the huge Gruffalo.
Martina worked on painting her mask she made in last week’s papier mache session, and I set about making a somewhat deformed mouse, which looks more like road kill than the cute creature featured in the books!