"What became ‘Rama’ was born then, a musical journey through Hindu ‘Creation,’ ‘Destruction’
and ‘Rebirth.’ An important section of the show was ‘The Ramayana,’ a classic Hindu
tale showing the struggle between good and evil and featuring the heroes Rama and
"The important features of the live performances were the experimental abandonment
of narrative in some parts of the show. This allowed a new exploration of the combination
of music, light, colour and shadow, and demonstrated these elements working together
in unique harmony.
"It was felt that in the most successful live performances this mixing of artistic
forms brought to the audience the tremendous power of spiritual archetypes present
in the Hindu faith, as well as providing an excellent sound track!
"The silhouettes moved and danced through the colourful scenes, sometimes slow and
contemplative, sometimes whirling through a pyschedelic vortex. The atmospheric soundtrack
worked perfectly, dark, mysterious, deep and dubby and then blatantly Rockin' just
when it needed it."
Maggie Louise - South West Puppeteers. June 2000.
‘Using multi-media and samplers for sound Jonathan Hayter, aged 41,pictured, finds
his approach works well for specific festivals’.
Bristol Evening Post December 2000,
‘Rama’ is still a popular show and is currently available in an all-new format, bookable
for any event from Jonathan Hayter.
Some of the performances we have done of Rama in the past are:
The Lamertree Festival 2001
The The Hope Centre, Bristol, May 2001
The Ashton Court Community Festival 2001 and 2002
Callicroft Infants School, South Gloucester. 26 May 2004
The Bath Fringe Festival, 14 June 2004, Green Park Station
World Peace Day, 2 October 2004, at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, S. Bristol
Creative Expo 2004 at the Olive Shed, Bristol, 22 - 23 October 2004
The Ustinov Theatre, Bath. Part of ‘Little India Festival’ 24 Oct 2004
Animations Live Festival 2005 Phoenix Arts and Media Centre Exeter
The Rama Show:
Puppets and concept by Jonathan Hayter
There is a CD of the soundtrack of the Rama Show.
"In 1999, a small group of artists and performers gathered on a series of cold winter
evenings in my studio and began to experiment with the effects of light, colour,
shadow and music...