Red Leap Theatre from New Zealand will be bringing a new theatre adaptation of Shaun Tan‘s book The Arrival to the Sydney Festival in January. I love the look of what I can see in this video of highlights, in particular the aesthetic feel and muted colours, the puppets and the imagery.
(photo credit: Robin Kerr)
(photo credit: John McDermott)
I saw the adaptation of The Arrival by Spare Parts Pupppet Theatre at the Unima 2008 Puppetry Festival in Fremantle. It has gone on to win a number of awards, and recently had a season at the World Puppetry Festival in Charleville Mezieres, France. I felt the strength of that production was in the projected animations and digital imagery, and that the story line and emotional content had been simplified for a very young audience. I hope Red Leap’s production will be able to tap further into the richness and drama that the book holds.
Previously: Shaun Tan