Dead Puppet Society’s The Wider Earth
by David Morton. Sat 5 Feb – Sat 19 Feb 2021. The Princess Theatre, 8 Annerley Road Woolloongabba
BEFORE DARWIN CHANGED THE WORLD, ONE VOYAGE CHANGED HIS LIFE.
The award-winning drama The Wider Earth tells the story of the rebellious young Charles Darwin.
Join the twenty-two year old Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. An ensemble cast, remarkable puppetry, cinematic projections and an original score by Lior and Tony Buchen all combine to bring to life uncharted landscapes and incredible creatures in this highly ambitious theatrical event.
Dead Puppet Society Executive Producer Nicholas Paine said the Queensland-born-and-based company was delighted to restage the critically and publicly acclaimed production of The Wider Earth specifically for The Princess. The design-led theatre’s company opened its dedicated studio, workshop and gallery space at The Princess Studios, located next door to The Princess Theatre, in June 2021.
“We have refreshed this production to create an immersive experience that is tailored to the aesthetics, dimensions and overall vibe of The Princess,” Mr Paine said.
“The way we make our puppets has evolved considerably since The Wider Earth’s 2016 debut so we’re also designing and creating all-new puppets to harness these new technologies.”
A reimagined tale of Charles Darwin’s global voyage of scientific discovery, The Wider Earth was developed at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Lincoln Centre in New York ahead of its sold-out world premiere season in Brisbane in 2016.
It played the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival in 2018, performed a five-month season at the Natural History Museum in London and was nominated for an Olivier Award and two Helpmann Awards.
Tickets to The Wider Earth are on sale now via QTIX.
The Wider Earth is produced by Dead Puppet Society, Trish Wadley Productions and Glass Half Full Productions and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, an Australian Government initiative.
The Princess’s season is part of the production’s UK/Australia Season 2021-2022, a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For more information, visit theprincesstheatre.com.au/events/the-wider-earth.