As part of Victoria University's Summer of 77: MFA (CP) Theatre Showcase.
An exciting original puppet musical - Confessions of a Secret Hoarder - will have its debut performance on the 30th of January 2018. The show follows feisty twelve-year-old Lillian as she falls into the fantastical world of Garbageland. Lillian explores this mysterious realm, as well as her own relationships with the people and things in her life. This hour-long frolic through a Wellington home, an alternate reality, and back again, is packed with catchy musical numbers, plenty of action and a cast of five people and nearly twenty puppets. The puppets are all new creations in a variety of forms and sizes -- small hand puppets, hand and rod puppets, and huge, two-person carnival-inspired puppets. Following in the tradition of trash puppets, they are made from discarded materials, tying into the show’s themes of hoarding and overconsumption. The original score is brought to life beautifully by the cast, with live piano accompaniment.
The show is the brainchild of Victoria University Masters students Darryl Ng and Joel Rudolph. Both are up-and-coming theatre-makers who are excited to present their first joint venture into musical theatre and puppetry. Darryl Ng, the writer, director and designer of the show, has extensive experience as a set designer and director, but this is first foray into playwriting. Joel Rudolph is the composer of the play’s original score, as well as the musical director and stage manager. Joel is a talented pianist, composer and director, and is passionate about incorporating music into theatre in innovative ways.
The show will be performed at Studio 77 for three nights, from the 30th of January to the 1st of February 2018.
Contains adult themes.