By Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Boats is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure. The two of them are life-long friends who meet through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero. The magic unfolds in front of the audience from simple objects that would be found on a boat's galley, a boat is cut from bread, a bird tied from a rope, a circus hides in a jacket. Boats is a story full of adventure, with a twist at the end which will leave a lump in your throat and a smile on your face.
Boats is one of those performances that engages as much with tone and style as it does with story. We are pulled, lulled may be more accurate, by the calm simplicity of two actors making an environment from objects around them and a soundscape of their own design. Think Cinderella by Shona Reppe, Teater Refleksion's, Goodbye Mr. Muffin, or, more recently, Puppet State Theatre's The Man Who Planted Trees or, from outside the puppet world, Det Lille Turnéteater's brilliant Hamlet. Coming to Branchburg all the way from Tasmania, this performance will be well worth your trip.