Africa (2009)

Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby

Africa (2009)

By Sam Routledge

12 November 2009 – 29 November 2009 Tower Theatre

Conceived, Designed and Created by My Darling Patricia

Malthouse Theatre, My Darling Patricia,

Commission Devised Theatre World Premiere Collaboration

Africa is inspired by the true story of three children from Hannover, Germany who tried to elope to Africa ,on their own and in the middle of the European winter. In My Darling Patricia's production, this whimsical story of the unfettered imagination of young children is placed within a suburban Australian context of child neglect.

Where we see poverty and filth the children find giraffes, flamingos and leopards, and as the two worlds ultimately meet we are reminded of the heartbreaking resilience of a child's optimism.

This production is the winner of the 2009 Malcolm Robertson Prize.

Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Africa". Jodie Le Vesconte. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Africa". Jodie Le Vesconte. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Africa". Photographer: Jeff Busby

Cast

Creatives

Sam Routledge

Sam Routledge

Realisation, Puppeteer

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lighting Designer

Halcyon Macleod

Halcyon Macleod

Writer, Director

Bryony Anderson

Bryony Anderson

Puppet Designer

Clare Britton

Clare Britton

Puppeteer, Designer

Tamara Rewse

Tamara Rewse

Devisor

Alice Osborne

Alice Osborne

Puppeteer

Duncan Kelly

Sound Designer, Composer

Darren Kowacki

Darren Kowacki

Stage Manager

Katrina Gill

Katrina Gill

Devisor

Acknowledgements

A Malthouse Theatre commission. Malthouse Theatre's Company in Residence Program is made possible with geenrous support from the Sidney Myer Fund. My Darling Patricia is managed by Marguerite Pepper Productions.

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