The Patchwork Quilt

Illustrations by Jan Pienkowski. Reproduced by kind permission of Joan Aiken's Estate.

Crankie illustration by Bronia Evers Crankie illustration by Bronia Evers

A fantastic tale of wonder and magic, featuring enchanting shadow puppetry, oral storytelling, songs and sparkling live accordion music.

Playfully adapted from the modern fairytale by classic children’s author, Joan Aiken.

Far away in the snowy North country, young Nils lives with his clever Granny. She is making him a gift - a magical patchwork quilt. It is nearly finished…but will it be ready in time for Nils’ special day?

Little do Nils and his Granny know, there’s a sneaky wizard living in the hot, dry desert who has other ideas… he wants the quilt for himself!

Wild winds, magic spells, and twelve very clever camels will all play their part…but will Nils get his quilt back in time? Journey with us on a magical, musical story-ride and find out!

More about the performance:

The Patchwork Quilt features a miniature shadow theatre box known as a ‘Crankie’, or ‘moving diorama’. Hand drawn paper-cut images have been collaged on to a long scroll of paper which is fed through the box with the aid of two cranks on handles at either end.

The Crankie is a wonderful device for storytelling. It offers up a gentle stream of moving silhouettes to delight and engage audiences young and old, whilst still allowing plenty of room for the imagination to play its vital part in co-creating the story.

One Moment In Time is delighted to be collaborating on this piece with professional musician Martina Schwarz, who has composed an original score featuring accordion, ukelele and voice, and plays live throughout.

Key themes in The Patchwork Quilt:

  • Fairytales and magic
  • Travel and journeys
  • Weather around the world
  • Celebrations
  • Textiles and sewing: how a quilt is made
  • Philosophy for children: ethics of stealing and theft
  • Shadow puppets: an excellent starting point for a physics topic on shadow and light, or an art, design and technology project on puppet making.

About the performers:

Bronia Evers is a storyteller, puppeteer and puppet maker, specialising in work for children and young people. In 2006 she co-founded the One Moment In Time storytelling company and has been devising and performing shows ever since.

Martina Schwarz is a London-based musician, composer-songwriter, performer, and teacher.Martina enjoys a constant and varied career as singer, accordionist, and as a music creator for theatre, film, dance, community and health settings. She also works as a choir leader and accordion teacher. This is her first collaboration with One Moment In Time.