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Turn on the Light
By Peter Wilson and Kenny King
Meet Kenny, he is the caregiver for Tim. It’s bed time, but Tim is convinced there is a monster under his bed. Kenny tells him there are no such things as monsters under the bed. Tim isn’t sure, and wants to have a look. In an attempt to get Tim into bed, Kenny lends a hand, only to find the cat hiding under the bed.
“There is no monster only a cat, now turn the light off and go to sleep,” says Kenny.
“Leave the light on and tell me a story.”
The story finished – the lights go out. “No! Turn the light on,” says Tim. “I am afraid of the dark! ”
And so begins a lights on, lights off, lights on, lights off …
Tim finally falls asleep.
From out of the shadows comes Frog, Spider, Cat and Mouse. They are creatures of the night and not afraid of the dark at all. Whether Tim is dreaming or not, we don’t know. All we know is that he understands from meeting them that there is nothing to be afraid of in the dark.
Full of original music, songs and actions, the puppet characters from Turn on the Light weave a story that helps Tim overcome his fear of the dark. Turn on the Light is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young audiences.
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Circle of Life
Devised by Peter Wilson and Kenny King
Composer (Part One) Liam Reid
Performed by Kenny King
The beat of a heart, the warmth of a breath, the feel of a touch...
Circle of Life weaves the tale of two puppets, told using the ancient art form of puppetry following their journeys through Birth, Life and ultimately death.
These inanimate objects come to life as we suspend our disbelief and are taken on a journey, where the end is the beginning and the beginning is the end
Age group: Adult
The White Tree
By Peter Wilson
Narration Cathryn Robinson
Composer Liam Reid
Puppet Creator Sue Hill
Set Designer Tolis Papazoglou
The Great White Tree was a place where children came to play, to climb amidst it’s branches, a place where creatures made their homes, the birds in nests hidden amongst the leaves, or in the hollows where the roots dived deep into the earth.
A place where people took a rest from long journeys. A place where the wind rustling in the leaves of the tree would tell it stories from distant places. It was in this place that the White Tree was able to remember the story of the Huia Family, the little yellow eyed penguins – Hoiho and the lumbering great green parrot – Kakapo. Stories of sadness and stories of hope.
These memories are precious and the Great White Tree is in danger. Who will remember.
The White Tree is a beautiful piece of theatre created by Little Dog Barking for the whole family.
Age group: Most suitable for children 3–10 years old