The Soldier's Heart and The Feathered Girl
An original folk tale of a cursed girl born covered in feathers and a beast's stolen heart, told through puppetry and magic. Referencing gothic fairy tales, the tale follows our heroine on an epic journey through a cardboard world as she attempts to reunite a soldier with his heart.
Originally devised as a 10 minute production for Short & Sweet Festival 2012, The Soldier's Heart & The Feathered Girl progressed from small time Wild Card performance to take out Best Drama Script, Best Wild Card and People's Choice at the Gala Finals. Theatreview said "it warrants an extended running time to further challenge the limits of its devisers' imaginations and creativity".
Petit Workshop were then selected to continue the development of The Soldier's Heart & The Feathered Girl with Red Leap Theatre as part of their Incubator and Short Works programmes. The show had a successful season at The Basement in October 2013 as part of The Feast.
'It is a masterclass in storytelling. Switching between puppets and actors like quicksilver and without jarring, while also keeping the audience entirely engrossed, is no small feat, but the performers in this show pull it off with ease.'
Sam Brooks, Lumiere Reader
'Both a whimsical puppet show and a dark fairy tale... Constructed in a cardboard fantasy world, it is both funny and tender, with great puppetry work, and nice mix of puppetry styles'
Heidi North-Bailey, Theatreview
The Two Farting Sisters - currently in development
The Two Farting Sisters is a beautifully crafted family show about two sisters whose flatulence cause blossoms to bloom. This traditional Chinese fable, originally titled The Tale of The Fragrant Farting Man, is classic in its morals but quirky in its story. Playwrite Renee Liang and Petit Workshop will reinvigorate this classic tale, throwing it bottom first into the present - from the quiet streets of Levin to the hustle and bustle of Auckland City. Told by an all female cast, The Two Farting Sisters celebrates the rich multicultural landscape of Auckland City through the eyes of its young heroine.