NEW OWNER The Last Great Hunt
For ages: 7 and up
“Gray and Watts’s story offers something a little bit more sophisticated for kids than the brightly- coloured fare that they usually get served.” (Perth Arts Live)
From the creators of international smash hits The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside comes a sensitive new show about loss, friendship and new beginnings. Bart is a boisterous puppy waiting to be chosen from the animal shelter. Mabel is a lonely widow, trying to fill the hole in her heart. When they find each other it’s the beginning of a profound friendship - but Mabel is old, and Bart is young - and suddenly alone. Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes. NEW OWNER was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children in 2017. The Last Great Hunt is an award-winning collective of six Perth-based theatre makers: Adriane Daff, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Gita Bezard, Jeffrey Jay Fowler, and Tim Watts. We are creators, innovators, and above all else, explorers. Within each show, we hunt for new ideas and new ways of connecting with our expanding audience.
Marketing selling points
NEW OWNER comes from the award-winning creators of THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK: DEEP SEA EXPLORER and IT'S DARK OUTSIDE, Arielle Gray and Tim Watts. In 2017 the work was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation For Children. The show features adorable dog puppets, which we invite the audience to meet after each performance. The show features significant technological design and is a real feat of theatre making for a practical standpoint, containing many innovative technologies. NEW OWNER has toured extensively internationally, delighting audiences around the world.
Key audience and marketing notes
The show is non-verbal and highly visual with universal themes. The show has been specifically designed for family audiences, so we feel Children's Festivals, school programming and youth programming will be of particular interest. NEW OWNER offers audiences of all ages to engage with difficult themes of love and loss in a sensitive, unique way - and they can meet the puppies after the show! As the show features puppets and a significant amount of technological design, it will also interest puppetry festivals and companies.
Community Engagement activities
We are able to provide workshops for children, school groups and the local community, conducted by our experienced performers and puppeteers Tim Watts and Rachael Woodward. We are also able to be part of post-show Q&As. At the end of each show, our performers bring out their puppets for the audience to meet them and have their photos taken with the stars of the show.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Works well in any space that is blacked out, with a raked seating bank, preferably end-on.|
|Bump in (hours)||6|
|Bump out (hours)||4|
New Owner is lit entirely by equipment made by the company, assisted by a short throw projector also provided by the company (See Audio Visual). The lights of the show are LED’s built into the set and travel with the company. The Performers operate the entire show through a series of foot pedals and switches whilst performing. All that is required from the venue is one mains power outlet to power our lights, projector and equipment. As this is the case there is no need for theatre lights to be rigged in a grid prior to the arrival of the company. The only requirement of Lighting is to have the house lights available and operating for the audience as they enter. Required Notes • 2 x 240V (Or country equivalent) mains power points. (one backstage and one DSC) (Extension cables running along the stage are fine if taped down).
SOUND From the venue we require a professional sound system that can accept 2 XLR inputs. The production travels with a USB DI, with 2 XLR stereo outputs. We require 2 XLR cables to send signal to the sound system. We do not require a sound operator for the performances, however we require a sound technician for set up. Required Notes • 2 XLR cables to run from USB DI to speakers/venue sound system.
New Owner is an almost entirely self-contained show. The set travels with the company in four suitcases and can assembled from scratch in approximately 8 hours. Our set is a large, black rectangular frame with all lights, fabric and staging built into it. We require from the venue some black masking on either side of our set all the way to the wings/side of the theatre. We also require masking from the lighting rig/flytower down to the top of our set. Lastly, we require masking behind our set, and a backstage space for quick changes behind this. Considering the nature of the show, the performance works best when in a front on set up to a raked audience seating. Required at the venue is a space minimum 6000mm in depth and 6000mm in width, black in colour. Also required is the ability to have a full black out in the venue. ￼￼￼ Required Notes • Stage Space minimum 6000mm depth and 6000mm width. • Black backdrop and floor. • Black masking surrounding our set. • Full Black Out in venue.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 6||Height: 3|
|Depth: 6||Wing space: 1.5 each side|
Our touring party are able to bump in the set in its entirety without venue crew assistance, aside from setting house light states and sound levels. There is no rigging, except where needed for masking.