26 July 2009

'Billie Twinkle' coming to Australia

International acclaimed master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett and his Theatre of Marionettes, return to Sydney Opera House with his latest show, Billy Twinkle – Requiem for a Golden Boy, 1–16 October.

Prior to Sydney, he is scheduled to perform in Geelong from 25-29 August and after Sydney, he will be playing in Melbourne from 3-20 September.

Semi-biographical of Burkett’s own life, Billy Twinkle is a story of puppets and puppeteers, and of artists and their art. Throughout the show, Burkett is present as the sole puppeteer, manipulating a multitude of beautifully crafted marionettes and providing all the voices. Mixing the personal and political, Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes continuously performs to great critical and public acclaim on Canada’s major stages and as a guest company at international theatre festivals.

Exploring the line between art and life, his offbeat wit and visual charm plumb the highs and lows of the human experience, creating an exotic stage universe of humanity and compassion.

Canadian critic,
Peter Hinton talks about the production 'Billy Twinkle', Requiem for a Golden Boy, here! There is also a really interesting lecture by Ronnie Burkett discussing his career at His production of 'Tinka's New Dress' at the Puppet Centre Trust in London in 2007. You can watch it on You Tube in three parts: here, here and here!

A special discount is being offered for puppet people in Sydney. The discount is valid until 31 August for certain performances at $39, when the promo code PUPPET is used online. Click here for details!

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