20 January - 12 February 1989

There are four tales, performed by six actors, using puppets, masks, music, singing, movement. The tales were written by Ken Harper, who also directs the show and they are a wonderful amalgam of folk tale, fantasy and good old yarn-spinning! All have a sea/beach thread linking them.

At Theatre Works, the tales will be presented in pairs, in two separate shows, each of an hour’s duration.

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THE ALBATROSS WAITRESS is a story about a waitress who works with her mother in a small cafe. Through feeding a wandering albatross, she is given the ability to turn into an albatross herself and she leaves the cafe to live the life of the great birds.



THE DOG’S BREAKFAST is a story about a boy who is instructed in the arts of being a dog by the local dog pack, in exchange for his helping the dogs in a little problem they have with the local dog-catcher!



THE WORLD BELOW THE SAND is a story told to a child about a community of people who build a ‘map of the world’ wading pool as a monument to their communal past and future, then lose it in time as it is neglected and buried in sand.



MENDEL’S ENCHANTED MERRY-GO-ROUND is the story of a Jewish man who comes to make his home in Australia. He sets up a merry-go-round at a seaside funfair… The merry-go-round is enchanted and magical things occur!

Written and Directed by
KEN HARPER
Costume Design
MEREDITH ROGERS
Puppets
PHILIP MILLAR
Performed by
JANE BAYLY, SEBASTIAN GUNNER, ROBERT JACKSON, REBECCA MORTON, DARYL PELLIZZER, JACQUI RUTTE

Theatre Works presents

Fabulous Tales From the Horse’s Mouth

By Ken Harper