While guiding the Twin Brother away from danger, the Court Jester
distracts the frightened boy by teaching him the art of shadow puppets.
These simple yet poignant gestures represent one of the earliest forms
of story telling.
Once the group leaves the stage, the Sand-Cliff Deck tilts toward
the audience and all of the sand from the beach is dumped into the void.
When the deck reaches full-vertical we see the Boy and Jester emerge from
the wings and venture across the front ledge of the void. They have been
fleeing the Archers and are in need of rest. The Boy's hand was injured
in the melee of the palace siege and the Jester sets down the lantern that
he is carrying to examine the Boy's injured hand. The shadows created by
the characters' hands are projected by the lantern onto the vertical deck
behind them. The Jester notices this and proceeds to comfort the Boy by
coaching him into creating an elaborate series of shadow puppets on the
wall; a dog, a dove and a cat. This sequence pays tribute to the first
ever form of technology-based storytelling and the fact that the actors
perform a simple shadow-puppet show in a multi-million dollar theatre is
somewhat ironic. Though simple, the sequence is one of the most touching
in the show and serves to illustrate the strong bond and relationship the
Boy shares with the Jester.