A magical coming-of-age journey about Charles Darwin
The Wider Earth is a theatre production with amazing modern puppetry. There are limited tickets left to this home-grown show based on the travel memoirs of a youthful Charles Darwin and his journey on the HMS Beagle. The event is showing from Saturday 9th July to Sunday 7th August 2016.
I viewed a snapshot of the show at the media launch and I immediately wanted to book a ticket. The puppets are made from wood, leather and paper, but are incredibly animated and life-like. The snippet I saw featured mesmerising florescent butterflies in the Amazonian rainforest. The set is an amazing design of an old-fashioned wooden ship which revolves around into a three-dimensional multi-purpose structure against a panoramic multimedia background. During the show, the set is transformed into nearly sixty different locations around the world where Charles explored on his brave trips abroad.
The show has been in development for over three years and is a co-production of the Queensland Theatre Company and the Dead Puppet Society. The show stars Tom Conroy as Charles Darwin in his twenties, seven talented actors and over 35 different puppets. The music was created by acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Lior together with famed Sydney-producer Tony Buchen.
The Director David Morton said "The Wider Earth is a work of fiction drawn loosely from the historical record. It takes memories of real people, places and events and passes them through the lens of myth."
You'll be amazed by puppetry ranging from the tiniest longhorn beetle, to the majestic southern right whale and the ancient Galapagos tortoise. This reimagining of Charles Darwin's famous scientific thinking brings to life the wonders of the earth.