Kōtuku and the Moon Child
WINNER: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Festival Valise, Poland. 2019
WINNER: GREEN LIGHT LIST AWARD New Zealand Fringe, 2019
WINNER: OUTSTANDING DESIGN Dunedin Fringe Festival, 2019
NOMINATED: BEST FAMILY SHOW Guildford Fringe UK , 2019
NOMINATED: BEST VISITING SHOW Dunedin Theatre Awards, 2019
"Empathy and compassion; perhaps for an hour, perhaps for ever"
Theatreview, March 2019
TITLE: kōtuku and the Moon Child
LENGTH OF SHOW: 50 mins
NO. OF PERFORMERS: 2
AGE SUITABILITY: 4 yrs to adults
AUDIENCE CAPCITY: 150
STAGE DIMENSIONS: 3m H x 5m W x 4m D
SET UP TIME: 1.5 hrs
TAKE DOWN TIME: 45 mins
LIGHTING: Some degree of blackout preferable
SOUND: Recorded Music and Sound effects
EQUIPMENT: We provide our own Laptop
VENUE: Indoor Only at ground level (no stage)
'Kōtuku and the Moon Child' is an ideal show for Schools and Community Halls but also designed for Black Box Theatres and Festivals.
Videographer: William Ranieri, May 2019
Editor: Danuta Kryszak, Aug 2019
Life is good for the Moon Child in the security of her lunar home until one day her precious Orb of Moon Light falls to Earth. Determined to retrieve it, she sets out on an adventure and follows it through space all the way to Earth. Her Moon guardians are distraught at finding her missing and wonder if they will ever see her again.
Meanwhile on Earth, an old Kōtuku (White Heron) discovers the Orb while fossicking on the shoreline and claims it as her own treasure. Not wanting to return home without her Orb, the Moon Child adjusts to life on Earth. She befriends the creatures of the sea shore and explores the watery environment, while keeping her attention fixed on Kōtuku and the Orb. A storm changes everything. Frightened, the Moon Child seeks shelter only to find the Kōtuku tangled in a fishing net, close to death. The Moon Child frees Kōtuku and as she recovers she gives up the Orb and flies away. Propelled by the Orb, the Moon Child leaves Earth and returns to her Moon home and is
crowned a Moon Princess!
This story has grown from our love of myths and fairy tales and was shaped and inspired by the
New Zealand landscape, particularly the Tasman Bay environment - its light and colours and bird life. Using many different forms of puppetry and our
hall mark low-tech/handmade aesthetic, this work crosses boundaries of language and culture, where stories and ideas are communicated without spoken word, but instead through visual imagery
and the power of music.
Written, created and performed by
Bridget and Roger Sanders
Original Music by David Sanders
Puppet and Set Construction by
Bridget and Roger Sanders
Videographer: Peter Blasdale
“Balm for the Spirit” Theatreview March 2019
“The puppets are gorgeous, shimmering in different light and deservedly drawing oohs and aahs of Wonder from the audience” Prague Fringe Review May 2019
Thanks to the following for their generous support