Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Highlight #4 - The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees is based on the environmental parable of the same name by French author Jean Giono, describing the life's journey of a simple farmer (and his dog) as he embarks upon a personal quest to transform the war-torn countryside in which he lives.

What makes the Puppet State Theatre Company's telling of this tale unique is its execution, bringing it to life with some charmingly believable hand-operated puppets and stagecraft which is utterly spellbinding for children and adults alike.

Two talented and personable puppeteers - Richard Medrington and Rick Conte - weave the tale of Elezard and his canine companion, injecting it with humour, pathos and non-cloying sentiment. Exploiting all five senses of the audience during the course of their polished performance, The Puppet State Theatre Company quickly suspend disbelief with their handmade cloth mannequins and beautiful props & scenery, creating an experience that lingers in the memory and heart long after it is over.

Catch them at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before they deservedly take their charming and much-loved show to New York later this year.

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