The Center for the Arts
Produced by Puppet State Theatre Company of Edinburgh, Scotland
Based on the book by Jean Giono
Wednesday, October 17
TWO SHOWS: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
$8 children, $12 adults
“The story is heartwarming, the message clear and the comic banter woven through it is lively and unforced. It’s hard to believe the two have performed this show more than 1500 times.” Sydney Morning Herald 2010
Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight. Based on Jean Giono’s classic novel, this play is a unique blend of comedy and puppetry and tells the inspiring, ecologically oriented tale of a human being who saw a need and decided not to ignore it but “to put things right.” In spite of wars and hardship, a French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. This uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.
Back by popular demand for a fourth North America tour, this captivating show is the winner of the Eco Trust’s Eco Prize for Creativity 2007, an Edinburgh International Fringe 2008 sell-out show, the winner of the Total Theatre Award 2008 for Story Theatre, the Victor Award Winner at the 2009 IPAY Showcase, and the Best Children’s Show at the 2009 Brighton Fringe Festival.
Puppet State was founded in 2003 by Richard Medrington, who has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1984. In 2006 he teamed up with Rick Conte and Ailie Cohen to develop an adaptation of Jean Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees. The company was incorporated as a charity in 2009 and enjoys guidance and support from a highly experienced board of directors.
Aided by stage/office manager Elspeth Murray and administrator Jennifer Williams, the first three years of touring saw the show performed more than 800 times. In 2009, they appeared for the fourth time at the Edinburgh Fringe and were honoured to be part of the new Made in Scotland Showcase.
Touring to date has involved performing in all corners of the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands, Bermuda, Malaysia, and the USA.
Awards include the Eco Prize for Creativity 2007, Total Theatre Award for Story Theatre 2008, Victor Award for best show at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase in Cleveland, Ohio and Best Children’s Show at the Brighton Festival 2009. In October 2009, Puppet State was part of Scots on Broadway and performed to great acclaim at the New Victory Theater in New York.
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