WHEN ALL IS QUIET ON THE FARM, WHEN EVERYONE IS ASLEEP, WHEN THE SNOW COVERS THE GROUND AND THE STARS TWINKLE IN THE FROSTY SKY - THAT'S WHEN THE TOMTEN WAKES UP. HE WATCHES OVER THE CHILDREN AND ANIMALS ON THE FARM WHILE THEY ARE SLEEPING. SOMETIMES YOU CAN SEE HIS FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW. THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW HE IS REAL.
Tomten follows an immortal tomte (Swedish elf or gnome) as he watches over a small farmstead on mid-winters night. It is a gentle story about life and death. Full of delightful farm characters and Swedish charm, Tomten is performed by three puppeteers using a variety of puppetry styles. This charming adaptation of Viktor Rydberg's classic poem is a delight for children 3+ and families.
Tomten is supported by Arts Council England and premiered at Little Angel Theatre, as part of FIRSTS, March 2013.
"Soothing and charming, intricate and calming...very talented children's artists indeed." (A Younger Theatre)
"A simple but very profound tale...genuinely awe inspiring." (Hackney Gazette)