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Trinket the Robot
Little Wing Puppets
“It was good to see the Robot cry. Sometimes I cry too. It was good when the Robot got sad and then got happy again. It makes me feel like when I get sad, I can get happy again too.” – Charlie, 4 years old, Seymour, VIC.
Based on the story of Pinocchio, the story is about an inventor, Dr Doovalacky. In his workshop with the help of his assistant, Fitzgerald, a green caterpillar, he sets out to build a robot who will have the ability to learn new things. Trinket the Robot comes to life but he soon wants more. He wants to know what it is to be human, he wants to become “real.” The audience help him to learn about the world. But quickly it becomes more complicated. Dr Doovalacky finds himself losing control of his own creation. Trinket learns that to become human is to not only feel wonder and joy, but also to feel other emotions like anger, fear and the sadness of saying goodbye to someone when you are not ready to. The robot learns that having all these feelings is not easy and to be alive means to make choices for himself. Trinket the Robot is an interactive solo puppet show, based on the tale of Pinocchio, which explores emotions and offers strategies to children to understand different feelings.
History & background
Little Wing Puppets has a history of successful touring in regional Australia, presenting shows in every state and territory, some through Regional Arts networks and others independently. We use puppets to tell big, heart-warming stories and the feedback we have received confirms that our performances are engaging, of a high quality and reach both the children and their parents. Having a single performer also makes the show affordable for smaller venues. All our productions are technically self-sufficient so they work well in non-standard venues such as country halls as well as larger theatres.
Marketing selling points
For a family audience appealing to both pre-school and primary school aged children, so to families with kids of different ages. It works well for kindergartens, schools and holiday programs. It works well for boys, who generally really like the Robot. It is interactive and has an optional Q & A to demonstrate puppetry techniques and to discuss the themes of emotions that are explored in the show.
Key audience and marketing notes
The key target audience is children aged from 4 - 10 years old, their families and carers. The performance works well in conjunction with workshops, and during school holidays.
Community Engagement activities
We offer workshops in puppet making and puppetry performance skills. Here's a link to the teaching page of our website for more examples of our workshops: http://www.jennyellis.com.au/content/teaching
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Flat Floor, Hall, Black Box, Proscenium Arch|
|Bump in (hours)||2|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
The show can be performed with a general wash without lightng changes. However, if a lighting rig and technician is available, the following lightng states can be used (See lighting cue sheet for more detail): 1) Walk-in State – gobos and nice colours (whatever is available) 2) Daylight Amber Wash; 3) Spotlight on right pillar/presentation: 4) Dark Blue Wash; 5) Disco lights (changing coloured lights in sequence)
Non-standard venues: The producer can provide all of the required sound equipment and sound cues are operated by performer with foot pedals. A sound operator is not required. Equipment provided by producer: • 1 x Yamaha Stage PAS 300 PA with sound desk • 1 x radio mic, headset and receiver • 1 x lap top computer with a mini-jack line out • 1 x mini-jack to rca cable • 1x quarter-inch jack cable to connect radio mic receiver to sound desk Theatres: If it is preferred to run the sound through the venue's sound system. The following is required: • 1x PA with left and right speakers • 1 x sound desk with: 1 x quarter inch jack or XLR input for radio mic • A way of connecting the laptop at centre stage with mini-jack output to the venue PA left and right speakers. The producer can provide a DI and mini-jack to quarter-inch jack cables. The venue would need to provide 2 x XLR cables to reach from sound desk to centre stage.
The set is a table and two pillars/wings. The set is free standing and is 2.3 wide x 0.6m deep x 2.1m high. There are some coloured string lights and an optional strobe light operated by a foot pedal by the performer.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 3.5||Height: 2.2|
|Depth: 2.5||Wing space: 0|
1 x Station wagon. The production can travel by plane with excess baggage.