Pop up Performance: Anansi and the Lost Sun

Join Swallow’s Wings Puppetry for a performance mixing puppetry, storytelling, and traditional West African music.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Saturday, 27 July 2024

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • Families

    Families with children 3+

  • Free event

Pop up Performance: Anansi and the Lost Sun photo
Please note: this event has now been rescheduled for the 31 August. The new event will be published as soon as possible.

Come Along to Anansi and the Lost Sun for a puppet show for all the family to celebrate traditional stories from Ghana, West Africa. 

 Hear the magical adventures of Anansi the Spider in a journey of strength: “Once upon a time, one day, darkness covered the face of the land. Lion called an assembly of all the animals of the forest to bring back the light and save the world." 

 Who will succeed? The powerful eagle? The clever monkey? Or Anansi the spider and his mates? 

 After the performance, find out how the puppets were made. Meet the performer and puppets to discover how Anansi the Spider, a character in West African tales, who travelled with African slaves taken to the Caribbean and the through the travel of their families to the UK with the Windrush generation and beyond. 

Please click on 'download brochure' on the right-hand side if you'd like to find out more about Swallow’s Wings Puppetry. 

The story is told using puppets made from everyday materials. 
Each workshops is approximately 40 minutes long. Each session will include a performance of 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes where participants can get closer to the puppets and learn about the materials and their link to African culture. Sessions are free and drop-in, starting at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. This event is likely to be very popular, capacity will be limited. Please allow some extra time to queue for a space. 

This is a families event for adults to take part in with their children; no child can be left unattended. Suitable for ages 3+.