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02 Aug–04 Aug 2024

An Indefinite Articles Production

Aimed at ages 3-6

Book Tickets
£14.00 Adult £12.00 Child (age 1-17)

Running Time:  approx. 60 minutes.

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At Little Angel Studios

Sebbon St, London N1 2EH

Plan your visit

The award-winning Indefinite Articles present their work for the very young: Claytime, a play with clay, where the audience are invited to participate.

Come to a place where the earth’s natural material meets with children’s imaginations: a world of fabulous forms, amazing animals and morphing monsters.

Each Claytime is totally unique – creating its own world, its own characters and its own stories drawn directly from its young audience. Truly, interactive theatre at its most engaging.

“ out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experience”

– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“…a masterclass in clowning and visual improvisation”

– Total Theatre Magazine

Age Guidance

Claytime is aimed at ages 3-6

How will we be seated?

This show has standard seating for our studios. There are rows with chairs and soft blocks facing the stage, and some mats on the floor at the front. There will be up to 70 people watching the show.

Can children join in?

Yes, this is a verbally interactive show where the children tell the performers their own ideas for the story. The audience remain seated for the performance, but you can leave and re-enter at any time. At the end of the show there is a chance for the children to play with the clay themselves.

Is there anything that might be scary?

Every show is unique with the ideas coming from the children in the audience, so we can’t predict what characters will be created or what will happen in the story, but the adult performers will ensure all stories end happily.

Should I bring a child under three?

All ages are welcome at our shows and age ranges can only be a rough guide, but please bear in mind that Claytime is not intended for under-threes, and works best for children who have developed the listening and speaking skills to be involved in the storytelling.

About the Company

Indefinite Articles was formed in 1994 by sculptor Sally Todd and puppeteer Steve Tiplady to combine their passion for transforming the everyday and mundane into something sublime. They believe that theatre that is live and lets the audience know it, is the medium’s trump card over its more technological rivals. To date they have told stories with sand, oil, chalk, glass, a few drops of ink, a lot of clay, a puppet, here and there….and a lot of shadows.

The Ethos

Claytime has developed from a philosophy of making “open” theatre shows where the audience are actively involved in the creation of the story.  The idea originated from Sally Todd’s extensive work with early years children in artist’s residencies in nurseries, informed by the work of Reggio Emilia.  Her work with children is child-centred, process led and focused on developing children’s ideas and imaginations.

How it works

After exploring the medium of clay through clowning, two artists ask the young audience for ideas for characters, settings and stories which are then developed immediately. Based on this input, the company then improvises a play. Each play is unique to that specific audience. The piece culminates with a short on-stage workshop where the children have their own opportunity for some hands-on clay time. At the end the children’s objects are gathered together with the name of their story made from clay, this is then photographed and the picture sent back to the school.

Claytime has toured extensively throughout the UK and Ireland  – to schools, theatres and festivals – over 500 performances to date.


Directed originally in 2005 by Carey English – additional material Sally Todd, Steve Tiplady, Guy Holland and Giles Leaman
Designed by Sally Todd
Preset music by Giles Leaman

Performed by Sally Todd & Steve Tiplady

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