Skip to main content

Past Events > 2019

5. Family Event: The Thought Machine

12 October 2019, 10:30 - 11:15

A magical Thought Machine lets us use our imagination to go anywhere… Dynamic singer-pianist ensemble Songspiel, together with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby, introduce a range of weird and wistful characters from anxious Viking warriors to the superhero Hamster Man. With music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, poetry by Kate Wakeling from her award-winning collection Moon Juice, and hand-formed shadow backdrops, this is a fun, participatory event for young people aged 6-11.

A hand shadow workshop follows on from the performance at 11.45 (booking essential).

Find out more about The Thought Machine:

Artist Portrait




SongSpiel is a group of young singers and pianists energizing the song repertoire, specifically, accompanied song for multiple voices. The ensemble is committed to exploring and advancing this repertoire through the presentation of established works alongside the commissioning and performance of new music. The group was first conceived at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama whilst working alongside the Prince Consort for a performance of Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs at the Wigmore Hall. Further... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Drew Colby

Drew Colby


Drew Colby (born in Great Britain) has worked with puppets in Southern Africa and the UK for over 30 years. He began with glove puppets and marionettes at the age of 12, whilst at school in Namibia. His first professional work was from 1995 – 1998 at the Playhouse Puppet Company in Durban, South Africa. Work spanned traditional double-bridge, long-string marionette shows, open stage bunraku-style puppetry, and performances with mixed styles of puppetry, acting, mask work and dance. From this experience Drew developed work over the next... Read Full Biography

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals

The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....

Mailing List