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Some things don't need to be said to be understood
After its first two shows sold out, The Package has received rave reviews with audiences 'gushing as they leave the show!' This poignant and touching tale is something unique, as it explores life's most fragile and sensitive moments, conveyed through the use of puppets, animation and music. This surreal story doesn't use any words but manages to affect audiences by addressing the socially-hidden subjects of old age and death with a combination of beauty, humour and great heart. A mix of tears and laughter are likely to be experienced as the audience is deeply immersed into a surrealist world, featuring live musicians on stage to speak beyond just language and words.
This all-ages performance is presented by Packed Theatre who have travelled from Alice Springs, with musicians featuring Katelnd Griffin, Kirsty Schubert, Robbie Hoad, Annie Pfeiffer, Joaquin Hourbeigt and Xavia Nou. Their skills in physical theatre, puppetry, music and animation are intertwined to create a magical realm unlike any other.
A standout of the show is the underlying concept that stemmed from Griffin's experiences working in a hospital as a medical intern, processing the deaths of elderly patients. The Package received acclaim at the 2014 Alice Desert Festival and has had subsequent seasons at Araluen Theatre 2015 and Darwin Writers Festival 2016.
"An elderly woman receives a mysterious package from a strange bird-like creature. The audience is immersed in a magical journey of the soul told through puppetry, mask, animation and live music. What we are finding with this show is that people come out laughing, crying, overwhelmed with emotion and wanting to talk about the experience! Such is the depth of the immersion! Very old people always make me cry though. It's the inherent fragility. " (Katelnd Griffin, Performer and Co-devisor)