The JINGAH! Project

Project dates: September 2021 - September 2021

A spectacular collaboration between musicians, circus performers, puppeteers and theatre designers. Presented to the communities of Nottingham.

JINGAH - Illustration of a child and a bird-like creature in jungle at night
Patrick Poppywopple and Rosie Tchak, Illustrated by Maxim Krioukov

Led by Berlin-based Chloé Charody Creations, The JINGAH! Project is a huge creative collaboration. The project brings together world-class artists and performers to create exciting creative opportunities for Nottingham community groups.

Through our Artist Development Programme City Arts has supported Duncan Townsend & Chloé Charody, and Chloé’s production company Chloé Charody Creations. The duo created Jingah Island, a magical tale of nature versus civilisation. Jingah Island’s journey began in Berlin, starting life as a children’s storybook, created with illustrator Maxim Krioukov. The story is designed to encourage young people to be more environmentally engaged. It aims to inspire children to make positive change in their community.

A giant bird, Patrick Poppywopple, is flying through the night sky, carrying a small creature, Rosie on his back
Patrick Poppywopple and Rosie Tchak. Illustrated by Maxim Krioukov.

The Jingah Island story is being turned into a theatre production. The JINGAH! Project is a free community programme inspired by the show.

Residency & Community Partnerships

For the project, Chloé Charody Creations and an ensemble of performers are in residence at the Squire Performing Arts Centre. The SPACE is part of Nottingham Girls’ High School. From this base, Chloé Charody Creations are working with a wide variety of Nottingham community groups and organisations. These include Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum, Cantrell Primary School and Oak Field School for children with special educational needs.

Puppetry Commissions

Charles Beuchamp discusses creating Patrick Poppywopple

City Arts connected Chloé Charody Creations with Mandinga Arts. They have turned one of the show’s central character, Patrick Poppywopple, into a 4-metre tall puppet. Through City Arts, Nottingham artists Bryony McCombie Smith and Izzy Hollis are making puppets for the project. They are also employed as puppeteers.

Circus Opera

Chloé Charody Creations has pioneered a fusion of Classical Music and Circus. This new style of performance is called ‘Circus Opera’. The JINGAH! Project will present this spectacular performance style to communities who face barriers to accessing the arts. In a special one off show, they’ll enjoy flying musicians and singing acrobats.

New Designer Opportunities

Through City Arts and Nottingham Trent University‘s ongoing partnership, Chloé Charody Creations offered opportunities for Theatre Design undergraduates. They were invited to present speculative designs for Jingah Island as part of their third year course. Now graduated, one of those designers is leading the set design for The JINGAH! Project.

Project Team