Practical Information

The Fishing for Shadows space is comprised of:

4 bamboo tripods with horizontal poles

12 'stations' containing puppets, automata and theatrical elements

A low perimeter fence to visually define the space

A wind-up gramophone player for music


The space stays set-up for the duration of the gig and provides a stunning visual attraction.


The space runs during daylight hours. We can adjust the opening times to suit the event,  but we suggest: three sessions a day of 90 minutes. During this time the public are free to come and go, but we need to keep the number of public inside to a maximum of 80, letting new audience in as others leave. The amount of time people stay inside varies - we have had up to 400 people per session come through. We speak English, German and Danish - however most explanations of how things work are by demonstration!


The structure involves 4 bamboo pyramids 3.5m in height in a cross formation. The perimeter and the stations inside can be flexibly spaced, to fit into the environment in which we are set.


This covers a total area of 170 square meters, approximately 15m diameter. Ideally of flat ground, situated in a park, garden or beach but also possible on a sealed surface.


Perimeter fencing: we use bamboo attached to our own fencing struts which we drive into the ground approx 30cm. If we are situated on a sealed surface, we need the venue/festival to provide 20 concrete bases of the type used in portable fencing to hold the bamboo.


Fit-up and pack-out:


We allow one day to set up the site, and can start the first session the next morning. This is due to the site specific nature of the space, so we can be flexible on this if necessary.

We pack out after the last session, on the same day.


During these times we need:

Vehicle access for at least two hours each time to load and unload the van.

Two stage hands to be provided by the festival for 4 hours for the fit-up and 2-3 hours for the pack out.

Access to 230V power is useful but not essential.


During the run:


The space runs during daylight hours. We can adjust the opening times to suit the event,  but we suggest: three sessions a day of 90 minutes. During this time the public are free to come and go, but we need to keep the number of public inside to a maximum of 80, letting new audience in as others leave. The amount of time people stay inside varies - we have had up to 400 people per session come through. We speak English, German and Danish - however most explanations of how things work are by demonstration!


The space stays set-up for the duration of the gig and provides a stunning visual attraction.


All children MUST be accompanied by adults who are responsible for them. Sessions for school classes are popular, and these require some special arrangements.


Rain: the space is open air so rain is an issue. We have rain covers which go on and off the images quickly to cover the puppets, so we can close briefly during a rain shower and reopen immediately. We cannot run the space while it is raining, (but then the audience usually heads for shelter then anyway!)


Festival or Venue to provide:


One front-of-house person to regulate how many people are inside at one time. This means the performer/facilitators can concentrate on encouraging activities inside.


Security is needed whenever the space is unattended,including break times and overnight.


Access to a freezer, for three bowls 30 cm across, 10 cm deep (not needed onsite, just nearby).


Stage hands for fit-up and pack-out (see above)


There are no sound, lighting or wardrobe requirements for this show.


Drinking water and any tea and coffee facilities are appreciated!

©Rebekah Wild 2015