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2010 Event Media Release - The Man Who Planted Trees

Issued 9 November 2010

The Man Who Planted Trees

“Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit, the best doc puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” – The Guardian

WHAT: The Man Who Planted Trees
WHEN:  27 November – 5 December
WHERE: The Studio
DURATION: 55 mins 
PRICE:  From $23
BOOKINGS: 9250 7777

Come on a journey with a French shepherd and his wise-cracking dog as they set out to transform a barren wasteland into a thriving forest – and nothing is going to stop them!

After touring internationally including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland’s Puppet State Theatre will make its Australian debut at Sydney Opera House this month with the hugely successful adaption of Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale The Man Who Planted Trees.

A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling, the story spans many years. In order to build the forest the characters face a number of hurdles including two world wars and ruthless developers. The determined shepherd and his loyal dog (who likes to tell funny stories) prove that each and every one of us can make a difference to the world.

Two puppeteers, Richard Medrington and Rick Conte each play multiple characters and work their magic on stage with the help of Ailie Cohen’s simple but very effective set design and direction.

Sensory and visual effects have been cleverly incorporated into the production that makes you feel like you are in a real forest!  Huge tree leaves wafting scented breezes, rain mist, and model villages with moving parts as well as bright, colourful birds that fly over the audience.

A winner of many international awards including the Total Theatre Award 2008 and Eco Prize for Creativity 2007, this heart warming, feel good production is neatly packaged into an entertaining hour that the whole family will enjoy.

The Man Who Planted Trees is part of the 2010 House:Ed Program. 2010 is the Department of Education’s Year of Sustainability.

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