In September, my fiftieth commissioned work opened at the beautiful Hobart Theatre Royal, Australia’s very first theatre. Aptly titled ‘Love’, the play for Terrapin Puppet Theatre (using both digital and traditional puppeteering) is a response to the tragic natural disasters that have hit Queensland, Japan and other parts of the world – and the redemption, spirit and community-building that such events can inspire.
‘Oslo Rogers has a very fun mum called Ruthy, and lives in a very fun town called Mellingong. But now a very unfun problem (called a big approaching storm) is forcing everyone to head for The Clondike, the big town hall on the hill.
And they can only take a few important things each: love luggage, Ruthy calls it. But the thing is, Oslo’s mum is a milk-lady, and owns a milk-float, and those can hold heaps of love luggage… if you pack them right. So Oslo sets out to help the people of Mellingong, and to find the things they love most – the things you would save from a storm’.
I'm now readying for two adult works opening over the next month, and the American premiere of the TYA play ‘This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing’ for Pitt Arts at the University of Pittsburgh in December – the Spanish language version of the work continues a six-month season in Buenos Aires at the same time, and prepares to tour to South American festivals. The Australian production will premiere next year.
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