An array of magnificent wildlife puppets by Dead Puppet Society will feature on stage alongside Ellen Bailey (Harrow), John Batchelor (Underbelly: Razor), Tony Briggs (Black is the New White), Emily Burton (Single Asian Female), Drew Wilson (Alice in Wonderland) and newcomer Conor Lowe in Tom Holloway’s adaptation of the much-loved Australian classic, Storm Boy, when it opens at Southbank Theatre on Friday 21 June.
Directed by Sam Strong, this Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre co-production sees the creative team behind MTC’s Helpmann Award-winning production of Jasper Jones join forces with the Olivier Award-nominated visual theatre company, Dead Puppet Society, to transport audiences into the wild beauty of the Coorong.
Puppet Designer and Associate Director David Morton will helm the creation of 18 puppet pelicans, some with more than 1,200 pieces in them, as well as a menagerie of animals including fairy penguins, crayfish and a tiger snake.
In a wild and remote area of coastline on South Australia’s Coorong, Storm Boy and his reclusive father live in a secluded shack, hidden away from the harsh realities of city life. After befriending a local Ngarrindjeri man, Storm Boy discovers three orphaned pelican chicks and decides to take them in. What follows is a remarkable journey of discovery that will change his life forever.
June 17 – July 20