Goofus started in 2012 with a bizarre cabaret performance with singers, musicians, actors and acrobats at the Triple A club in Kensington London called ‘The Dark Side Of Lucy’. Our first official funded tour in 2013/14 was of a physical clowning piece ‘Taking Charlie’ about the real life abduction of Charlie Chaplin in 1978 by two car mechanics, it was later published by Samuel French.
We’ve always used puppets in various guises, masks and physicality to tell our stories. Our first full shadow puppet piece called ‘Gold tree, Silver Tree’ was performed for young family audiences in 2015. Next was another clowning piece “Dumbheads” set in the Dark ages about two soldiers returning a head to the Tower of London and then becoming the heads themselves!
Our piece ‘Under Different Skies’(2019) used puppetry, live music, mask and physical storytelling to create fantastical folktales that was performed free to anyone who was there. The production was our first collaboration with producers Filament Projects.
Last December (2020) we officially became a Community Interest Company, bought a van and during the ongoing pandemic, we managed to present “Ikura and The Mud Giant” an eco tale set in Japan which played to hundreds of school children and staff in our town. Our next project “When Wolves Could Speak” (2021) is a collection of four tales, told with shadow and table top puppetry, mask, music and text that we will be presented to anyone who wants us, during covid. We will play peoples drives, outside care homes, welcome cafes, streets and courtyards. Wherever to whoever-again for free.
None of the above productions would have been possible without funding from the National Lottery Arts Council Grants.