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
Turn on the Light
Written 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.
Written by Peter Wilson
The Pond is a magical journey through the eyes of the creatures and plants that live in and around the pond and whose daily lives depend on the importance of water for their survival. The play begins with rain, rain that makes the puddles, the rivers and the ponds. One by one, the creatures and plants that live in and around the pond are introduced. But something is wrong, the water in the pond is growing foul and dirty. Something has to be done.
Written by Peter Wilson
Music by Stephen Gallagher and Caitlin Morris.
Twinkle spends a lot of time on her own. She gets given a new smart phone, but when that breaks down she becomes very bored. Twinkle turns to her favourite toy called Dino and when no one is looking Twinkle talks to Dino about her dreams. Like all young girls, Twinkle runs, jumps and skips, but she always does it by herself with Dino watching her. Twinkle spends a lot of time alone thinking, and oh boy does she have an imagination.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
A book that is so well loved by young children and now a magical stage play that deals so powerfully with childhood and age, with memory and with relationships. A play that uses the magic of storytelling, puppetry and live performance. A wonderful work for both children and adults.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is just four years old, he lives next door to a rest home for old people. He knows all the residents very well but his favourite person is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has four names, just like him.
Short and simple, yet rich with emotion and humour, PAPER SHAPER is the antithesis of big-brand kids’ entertainment such as Hi-5 or The Wiggles. With utmost care and skill the company weaves together a magical world that will introduce children to the true beauty that theatre is capable of expressing.
The story springs straight from the realms of imagination and curiosity that children inhabit. What happens to that little man on the side of the rubbish bin when no-one is looking? He creates a whole universe out of people’s paper, with a paper sun, paper trees, paper flowers and paper butterflies. When a long-faced but cheerful man visits the Paper Shaper’s park for a picnic, the two start out as opponents, but soon become playmates and finally, friends.
This tale, devised by director Peter Wilson and puppet designer Tim Denton, with music by Gareth Farr, needs no dialogue to communicate to its junior audience. The combination of maskwork and puppetry opens up some wonderful possibilities for visual storytelling, deftly performed by Kenny King and Peter Wilson
Duck Death & the Tulip
By Wolf Erlbruch, Adapted by Peter Wilson | Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Music composed by Gareth Farr
Kind permission of Gecko Press
Duck, Death and the Tulip is a strangely heartwarming story. A duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Simple, unusual, warm and witty. The superb use of masks, puppets and objects, allows the play to deal with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward and thought provoking.
Directed by Peter Wilson, designed by Tolis Papazoglou, puppet design and construction by Sharon Johnson and music by Liam Reid. Based on the book by Pamela Allen.
Black Dog and Christina lived together in a little cottage on the edge of a forest. They had been friends for a very long time, they played together, they swam together, they ran barefoot through the forest. Then, suddenly, one cold day in winter, everything began to change… Even the very young know the pain of love. In this hauntingly beautiful story we share Black Dog’s pain as he waits and waits for the return of Christina’s love.
Little Kowhai Tree
Little Kowhai Tree is a magical story of how things grow. Seeds are planted, green shoots begin to appear and Little Kowhai Tree begins her journey of growing up.
Children in the audience meet Little Kowhai’s friends. Friends who help her grow such as Sun, Moon and Rain. Worm, who looks after the soil around Little Kowhai’s roots. Bee and Tui who work hard looking after Little Kowhai’s blossom, and Ruru, the Morepork, who guards Little Kowhai during the night.
The story is told and sung in both English and Te Reo Māori. Worm and Tui take the children on a wonderful journey to discover the colours, textures, sounds and creatures of Little Kowhai’s growing.
Full of music, sounds, song and action, Little Kowhai is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children, performed in the intimacy of your centre, classroom or school hall. Little Kowhai is not only entertaining, it is also a great learning experience for young audiences.