Friday, 24 August 2012

Puppet show to revive Tassie tiger

The Erth production is based on Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks' picture book, The Dream of the Thylacine and will show the final days of the last surviving Tasmanian tiger.

The production company was also responsible for last year's popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo.

The show's artistic director Scott Wright told 936 Breakfast's Jo Spargo that Erth has enlisted one of the best puppet makers in Australia to create the life-size thylacine.

"We're building a thylacine puppet that by all accounts is a very sophisticated puppet and requires about three people to operate it," he says.

"The level of sophistication that we're using for this new work will certainly have people thinking for the duration of the performance that there is a thylacine alive inside a compound."

To prepare for the production, Erth will be holding public meetings in Hobart and Launceston to discuss people's experiences with thylacines, both before and after extinction.

"By collecting these stories we have the potential to provide our audience with a sense of hope or a sense of looking to the future, and to learn from our mistakes," he says.

Erth's The Dream of the Thylacine will premiere early next year at Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island festival.

The Hobart meeting will be held on 30 August at 5pm at the Royal Society Room, Customs House Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.

The Launceston meeting will be held on 1 September at 11am at Nuala O'Flaherty Auditorium, Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, Inveresk.

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