Duck Death and the Tulip gets 2 nominations for the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards

Congratulations to all the team!  Duck Death and the Tulip receives x2 nominations for the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards! http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/9447742/Chapman-Tripp-Awards-The-nominees

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Party Pigs and A Sausage Went for a Walk is back!

Kenny and Peter started back with Party Pigs and A Sausage Went for a Walk today… They visited Roslyn Kindergarten and Pitter Patter Education Centre up in Palmerston North….  We hope everyone had a rockin’ good time!

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Duck Death and the Tulip also visited Tauranga Arts Festival 2013

The team took Duck Death and the Tulip to the 2013 Tauranga Arts Festival.  Here are a couple of reviews from their time up North:   Tale Tellers and Death Duck & the Tulip:  http://www.taurangafestival.co.nz/news/Tale-Tellers-and-Duck-Death-the-Tulip?i=44   Duck, Death and the Tulip Tauranga Arts Festival 1 November 2013, 1pm “Quack!” echoed a wee voice from the shadows. You know a play has hit its mark when the youngest members of the audience join in a happy exchange with the main character. And that, I think, is the beauty of sharing a theatre with small children. You get to slip out of your serious brogues and wiggle your toes in simple delight…. Little Dog Barking Theatre Company presents a sweet and endearing play of Duck and Death’s shared journey to the little pond in the sky. Peter Wilson’s portrayal of a grandfatherly-like death brings gentleness to a topic you wouldn’t normally associate with children’s theatre, while Shona McNeil’s delightful Scottish intonations is the perfect fit for the cheeky duck. Played out on a sparsely decorated stage with a simple dialogue, the most significant moments are often shared through the exchange of a look, or a gentle touch. The subtlety isn’t lost on the littlest members of the audience, going by the giggles and sighs of delight coming from behind me. Duck, Death & the Tulip cleverly removes the somber and hushed tones we associate with loss. It replaces them with the warm comfort of a cup of tea and an unlikely friendship.  Charming and amusing with the slightest touch of sadness, this show presents a wonderful opportunity to share in the journey of life and all that it brings. I recommend you join with your dearest little person, shrug off your serious coat and take a dip into the wonderful world of children’s theatre. By Megan...

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Duck, Death and the Tulip visits Nelson Arts Festival 2013 – Reviews

The Team had a wonderful time performing Death Duck and the Tulip in sunny Nelson at the 2013 Arts Festival!  Check out the reviews from our time there: Theatreview: Sensitive and Magical:  http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=6435   From the Nelson Mail – 21st October 2013: Tender tale needs no explanation Death visited the Suter Theatre on Saturday, to a sold out show of young children with parents. He was in good spirits, full of life, and unavoidably human. Duck was full of life too, for a time. Death and Duck were played respectively by Peter Wilson and Shona McKee McNeil in an adaptation of the now famous book Duck…, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch. A combination of puppetry and acting, the play was enjoyably honest in its simple effects and props. A certain amount of expense were caught by the parents. Duck and Death were a cohesive team, bringing the story to life without distractions. When Duck had questions of Death, some he couldn’t answer, but others he did. I liked when Duck asked, ‘‘Will my pond be still there when I’m gone?’’ ‘‘Not for you, most surely not,’’ replied Death. ‘‘That’s good, I will not have to mourn for it then,’’ mused Duck. As the story goes, after spending some time together, Duck died in Death’s arms and was tenderly laid on the river and carried away. Death genuinely mourned the passing of his new close friend and afterward emphatically ended the play exclaiming, ‘‘That’s life!’’ A Q and A session was held after the show for any who had heartfelt questions regarding death. I presume this was an over-anxious reaction to the subject matter but it was not needed. The director Nina Nawalowalo, Peter and Shona, were required to answer uninspiring questions about how this and that worked, not anything relating to death, and what should they reply if so? The play said it...

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