MEDIA RELEASE: 7 SEPTEMBER 2011
STORY OF A RABBIT
‘This is heartfelt and insightful stuff that has great power to move. Highly recommended.’ ****
After charming local audiences with Floating in 2009, Hugh Hughes returns to Sydney Opera House with another curiously comic show about a rabbit and one of life’s great mysteries – death.
When Hugh finds his neighbour’s rabbit lying dead in his garden, the only sensible thing to do is to put it in a box. But it doesn’t fit. As he puzzles over what to do with the body he starts to wonder how much of life disappears once we die…
A superb storyteller with a taste for wayward narrative threads, Hughes serves up the perfect mix of laugh-out-loud humor, the simplest of props, and genuinely touching passages about life's mysteries. In Story of a Rabbit, he politely offers a cup of tea then spins a tragicomic narrative about finding his neighbors' pet rabbit--which he's looking after while they're on vacation--lying dead in his garden. The tale follows a circuitous path to a conclusion that tugs at the heartstrings while remaining curiously uplifting.
Story of a Rabbit won a prestigious Fringe First Award when it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, it has toured all over the world to locations as diverse as Singapore, Colombia and the USA. Hughes is joined on stage for this production by his musical collaborator, the guitarist Aled Williams.
Hugh Hughes is a member of the UK-based ensemble Hoipolloi. This unique group of performers have built their reputation on celebrating imagination and taking audiences into fantastical worlds while blurring the line between reality and fantasy. Most importantly, Hoipolloi makes shows which are accessible to as many people as possible.
‘At times, Story of a Rabbit is heartbreaking, yet such is Hughes’ infectious optimism you can’t help but leave feeling uplifted and happy to be alive.’ ****
Season Details: STORY OF A RABBIT
Dates: 29 Nov – 10 Dec
Duration: 90 mins, no interval
Tickets: from $35
Meera Hindocha, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7834 / 0401 711 531 / firstname.lastname@example.org