WAKE premieres as part of La Mama’s Explorations

A DARK BUT BEAUTIFUL PUPPETRY EPIC WHICH PROBES AT THE FRIGHTENING AND PARALYZING TRUTH OF ALL THINGS: NO ONE’S IN CONTROL

The world is flat and you won’t convince me otherwise! And not only is it flat, it is a petri dish, and we are a colony of microbes. God is a 16 year old high school student and we are a mere experiment – a means to an end – and that end is an A+ in year 12 biology.”

Using bunraku-style puppetry (a 500 year old traditional Japanese form of puppetry) and visual theatre, WAKE spans a spectrum which at one end is strikingly beautiful, and at the other is just plain bizarre. Writer and director Ben Anderson collaborates with an ensemble of puppeteers to explore the life and times of a conspiracy theorist whose beliefs, if correct, threaten life as we know it. Beautiful, funny, sad, and true, WAKE tenderly pulls at the tapestry thread and unravels the fear, philosophy and humanity behind misbelief, and the relational devastation it leaves in its wake.

Written and Directed by Ben Anderson shows his quirkier side in this new show. A theatre-maker and producer with ten years experience working in puppetry and performing arts, Ben began his puppetry and visual theatre training working with New Zealand’s Red Leap on Paper Sky, before moving to Melbourne to study clown and mask with John Bolton. 

Raised in New Zealand but now proudly calling Australia home, Ben is excited to be premiering his new work as part of La Mama’s Explorations after his successful 2017 Melbourne Festival of Puppetry show The Last Man on Earth is Trapped in a Supermarket which saw the iconic theatre turned into a Woolies, complete with talking tomatoes and singing raisin boxes.

“I’m excited to return to La Mama Courthouse where I did my first show in Melbourne. I love to make work that is both beautiful to watch, but at times also confronting. We’ve seen over the last few years just how dark our world can be, and this show explores those things, ultimately trying to find light in the dark places, and remind us all that the most important thing is not what divides us, but what brings us together.”

It’s dark, it’s light, it’s puppetry and it’s visual theatre… and it has an acapella version of Enya’s Orinoco Flow. It’s sure to take your breath away and leave you

“if Pixar did theatre”

“The People Who Play With Theatre are one of the few companies in Auckland consistently producing excellent devised theatrical works”

WAKE
Dates: 28-30 November 2022, 7:30PM (60 min) 
Cost: $15
Venue: La Mama Courthouse – 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC
Tickets: lamama.com.au


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