‘Things proceed in typically engaging Kruckemeyer fashion, with all the real setbacks and hard-won triumphs he is a master of, until Ophelia, in true Grace Bussell style, daringly affects a rescue from the wild sea and brings everyone and everything to a highly satisfying conclusion’
The West Australian
‘The elegant simplicity of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s writing engages from the start and certain one liners dig deep into the special part of your heart reserved for childhood memory. This intimate beginning quickly gives way however to a play bustling with energy. This is children’s theatre at its best – sentimental yet engaging and whimsical’
When Ophelia’s family decide to move to the seaside, she’s not impressed. She doesn’t like the beach, or the people, or the farawayness of the life she once knew. But she does like inventing. So when a mysterious box full of gadgets, and a strange note that reads ‘You Make Me’ arrives in her bedroom one night… she invents a solution.
Together Ophelia and her robot friend Olivetti (played in its world premiere production by an actual robot!) will thwart bullies, build bridges and enact daring rescues on angry oceans, along the way learning that if one piece goes missing it can take a great effort, to find that lost something and fill up the gap. But sometimes the answer’s not to look where you left it – but to make something new. And be happy with that.
2018 Australian Writers Guild Award: Best Children’s Play
This is a story told – this may be by one, by some, or by many
Previous seasons: 2 performers
For ages four and up, all the way to adult
State Theatre Centre Studio, Perth, West Australia
Barking Gecko Theatre Company production 2017, starring Arielle Gary and St John Cowcher. Director Matt Edgerton
- Commissioned/first produced by Barking Gecko Theatre Company, 2017
- First directed by Matt Edgerton