BEFORE DARWIN CHANGED THE WORLD, ONE VOYAGE CHANGED HIS LIFE.
The award-winning drama The Wider Earth tells the story of the rebellious young Charles Darwin.
Join the twenty-two year old Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history.
An ensemble cast, remarkable puppetry, cinematic projections and an original score by Lior and Tony Buchen all combine to bring to life uncharted landscapes and incredible creatures in this highly ambitious theatrical event.
A Dead Puppet Society, Trish Wadley Productions and Glass Half Full Productions production
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Images: Prudence Upton
Puppet Construction Workshop
Tuesday 22 March, 10am - 12 noon
Using the Dead Puppet Society Prototyping Method, participants will learn the basics behind designing their own puppet character, and using readily available materials to exquisite effect, before working together to explore the principles of puppet manipulation to bring their character to life through a series of visual theatre devising exercises.
Using text or image as stimulus students will:
Classroom Connections: Contemporary Performance, Devising, Working as an Ensemble and Working with Stagecraft.
Workshop content includes:
• Create a character design with a consideration of form and symbol in visual design
• Construct animated puppet skeletons
• Form an understanding of different joint & hinge styles
• Experiment with simple Puppet Mechanisms
"‘No praise could be too high for The Wider Earth, QTC’s astonishingly original collaboration with Brisbane’s youthful Dead Puppet Society.’"
"‘This is a voyage of extraordinary theatrical discovery that celebrates the power of curiosity, the natural world and big ideas.’"
"‘Simply beautiful... The skeletal puppets move with beautiful realism – birds soar over the audience, fireflies rise into the air and sea creatures move through the water with fluid grace.’"
"‘Audiences will be exposed to an expertly written piece that involves drama, humour, suspense, and adventure.'"
Director and Co-Designer David Morton
Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
Associate Director Matt Seery
Co-Designer Aaron Barton
Composers Lior and Tony Buchen
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Associate Sound Designer Brady Watkins
Projection Designer Justin Harrison
Original Lighting Designer David Walters
UK and Tour Lighting Designer Lee Curran
Associate Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
Dramaturg Louise Gough
Date and time
|Wednesday 23 March, 7pm|
|Thursday 24 March, 10.30am & 7pm|
|PUPPET BUILDING WORKSHOP|
|Tuesday 22 March, 10am|
|Early Bird Adult:||$40.00|
|Early Bird Concession:||$35.00|
|Family (2 Ad & 2 Ch - enter multiples of 4):||$35.00 - pp|
|Group 10+:||$25.00 - pp|
|School Groups (10+):||$25.00 - pp - plus 1 teacher free per 10 students. Book via RPAC Box Office.|
|Puppet Building Workshop:||$25.00 - NOTE: Workshop takes place on Tuesday 22 March, 10am - 12pm|
RPAC Concert Hall
2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163Get directions
Suitable for ages 12+
$5 by phone and $6 online per transaction
Box Office hours:
Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm, and 1 hour prior to performances
Dead blackouts, naked flame, approved theatrical smoke, haze effects and strobe lighting.
The use of photographic or recording equipment is not permitted inside the theatre.