The Balloon Who Couldn't Fly

This is a balloon. His name is John. Also, her name is Sarah. And Bob. And Rebecca, and Letitia, and Mohammed.
Here he is smiling. He usually smiles, although sometimes she frowns, or looks sad or shocked.
Here he is a lovely red colour, but sometimes she is blue, yellow or green.

This balloon has a lot of names and faces, because it’s you who created them. And you. And you.

But there’s one thing that all these balloons have in common. None of them know how to fly.

The Tale of the Balloon Who Couldn’t Fly invites you through the forbidden corridors and to all the places it’s against the rules to go. There you will create your balloon, and take them on a journey towards the sky. But balloons are very fragile creatures. You must protect your balloon from all manner of untold obstacles, and above all else, you MUST keep him hidden from The Keeper of the Rules.

Written and Directed by Elliot Hughes
Performed by Elliot Hughes & Joe Brownbridge

A free performance taking young audiences through the backstage corridors of Contact Theatre as part of Not Another Festival in 2013.