‘Finegan Kruckemeyer’s story of The Proud Circle Island is like falling into the pages of a storybook’.

Aussie Theatre

‘A stunning example of theatre billed for children that somehow manages to be more politically engaged than most main stage shows billed for adults’.

Theatre People


In the ocean stood an island. At its sides were the sea, and the tides found its top and its tail. This land was so small, and this ocean so large, that the people who lived there just saw a vast blue, beyond that which they knew, and never even thought of what might be out there. But one did. On the island, in a house, on a hill, grew a girl. And she knew what she was told: that this island held all that there was. But still she found herself wondering, about all that there wasn’t – things that weren’t facts, but were maybes, and could-bes, and ifs. Could there be another place, say, where the stars right above her could be seen from the left, but the ones to her right could be looked at straight up? So when her island one day sprang a leak, she and her people, they went to find out…

CAST SIZE

This is a story told – this may be by one, by some, or by many
Previous seasons: 1 narrator, 1 illustrator, 1 musician, 1 puppeteer

AUDIENCE SIZE

For ages seven and up, all the way to adult

LENGTH

60 minutes

SEASONS

(Australia and USA)

2017

Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Honolulu HI, USA (produced by HTY)
Ten Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania, Australia

2016

Melbourne Arts Festival, Australia
Brisbane International Arts Festival, Australia
Darwin International Arts Festival, Australia

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Terrapin Puppet Theatre production. Illustrator Tom O’Hern

 

FIRST PRODUCED

  • Commissioned by Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Hawaii, USA) and Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Tasmania, Australia)
  • Supported by the Australian Major Festivals Initiative
  • First produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre, 2016
  • First directed by Sam Routledge