Preview: The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin at Stockton Arc
Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, ARC and The Albany present
The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin
Tuesday 3 - Tuesday 24 December 2019
The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin is a seasonal show, but is not linked to Christmas. The main character is an enthusiastic, energetic and curious man who spends the majority of his time tinkering in his shed inventing solutions to perceived problems. He is widely misunderstood, but is joyfully oblivious to others’ disdain and mockery, blindly dedicated to his own endeavours.
The man is a pioneer fascinated by penguins, and plans to meet them when he travels to the Antarctic. He learns to speak penguin language, and so do the audience, so that they can communicate with the penguins. When he arrives he joins a community that works differently to the one he knows at home, and that accepts him.
The play explores individuality, being different, learning to communicate, and fitting in. Overall it is fun, joyful, exploratory and works for people of all ages. It is authentic and sometimes challenging, it is not just a cute story about fluffy penguins! The first half of the show is set in the man’s garden, and the second half in the Antarctic.
The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin features puppets, acting, movement, song and audience participation. It is full of humour, quirky songs and sound effects, interesting characters, relevant stories and infectious energy.
The show lasts one hour, with no interval, and is best suited to ages 3+.
Cast and creatives:
Director Niki McCretton
Assistant Director Ed Trotter
Performers Emma Longthorne and Nigel Luck
Poet / lyricist Toby Thompson
Composer Anthony Burbridge
Puppetry Holly Miller
Design Anna Kelsey
Set construction Tin Shed Scenery
Lighting design Ali Hunter
Illustration Sam Zuppardi
Producer Jane McGibbon
The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin is co-commissioned by The Albany and ARC Stockton, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from The Lyric, Bridport and The Point, Eastleigh
On The Web:
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To book online and view performance timings: http://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/family/the-man-who-wanted-to-be-a-penguin.
box office 01642 525199