Building a new Treehouse
IT is not just the AFL that have been forced to think outside the square to get its 2020 season happening amidst COVID-19 restrictions and border closures.
Sydney-based CDP Theatre Producers has extended its creativity usually focused on successfully staging children’s theatre shows — including The Gruffalo and Spot the Dog — and found a way to bring the latest production, The 91-Storey Treehouse, to Perth’s Heath Ledger Theatre.
“They’re sending the set across for a WA cast to rehearse with a WA director,” playwright Richard Tulloch, who is responsible for adapting Andy Griffiths’ bestselling Treehouse book series to stage, said.
“Then the set goes to Adelaide and meanwhile the (original) Sydney cast has gone to Adelaide to isolate themselves for two weeks. After the Adelaide season I think they go on to Darwin.
“It’s a massive logistical exercise and a big jigsaw puzzle to put together but what a credit to all the people who made it happen.”
Tulloch became involved in Melbourne University’s student theatre while studying law and after a Diploma of Education was added to his degree, he found himself entering a career of writing plays, books and television for young audiences.
He has adapted all five Treehouse productions ( 13/26/52/78/91-Storey Treehouse) presented by CDP, each premiered at the Sydney Opera House, with the support of author Andy Griffiths.
“I read the book first, tear my hair out a little bit, ring CDP and Andy Griffiths to tell them it’s going to be impossible, then they tell me they want another show and I make it possible,” Tulloch said.
The 91-Storey Treehouse is at Heath Ledger Theatre, October 6 to 11.
The 91-Storey Treehouse is coming back to Perth.