Lit­tle Dog barks much louder

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Fresh from win­ning a theatre award in China, New Zealand chil­dren’s theatre com­pany Lit­tle Dog Bark­ing is to present its pup­pet play about death at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val next month.

Lit­tle Dog Bark­ing Theatre, es­tab­lished in 2010, is the brain­child of lo­cal Pau­ata­hanui artist Peter Wil­son.

The stage adap­ta­tion of Duck, Death and the Tulip, a book by Ger­man il­lus­tra­tor Wolf Erl­bruch, has cap­ti­vated au­di­ences, with its in­ven­tive and en­ter­tain­ing way of ad­dress­ing one of life’s more dif­fi­cult topics.

‘‘Death is an in­evitable part of life,’’ Wil­son said.

‘‘ How­ever, people tend to ap­proach it with cau­tion in ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly with chil­dren.’’

Duck, Death and the Tulip is a story about a duck and a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of death.

In bring­ing it to the stage for young au­di­ences, Wil­son has drawn on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘When I was a young boy and my brother died, no- one was around to ex­plain death to me. It would have been won­der­ful to have had a book like this.

‘‘I’m ex­cited at the op­por­tu­nity to per­form it along­side artists from around the world who at­tend the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val. It’s a time when pro­duc­ers and pre­sen­ters gather to see what’s new, what’s in­no­va­tive, what’s unique and what they might buy.’’

It is di­rected by Nina Nawalowalo and the mu­sic is com- posed by New Zealan­der Gareth Farr.

The play is per­formed by Wil­son and Shona McNeil, us­ing pup­pets crafted to repli­cate the book il­lus­tra­tions.

The story fol­lows a duck as he be­friends an in­di­vid­ual rep­re­sent­ing death. As their bond grows, death clarifies to duck about the won­ders of life and the re­al­ity of death.

Wil­son’s life work cre­at­ing theatre for chil­dren and fam­i­lies has taken him to many cor­ners of the globe, most re­cently Nan­chong, China, where he was cho­sen to work along­side Asian pup­pet com­pa­nies in the First Asian Pa­cific Pup­pet Fes­ti­val. Lit­tle Dog Bark­ing won Best In­ter­na­tional Drama for an­other of his shows, Paper Shaper.

Be­fore found­ing Lit­tle Dog Bark­ing, Wil­son was found­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor of Cap­i­tal E Na­tional Theatre for Chil­dren in Welling­ton.

The Duck, Death and the Tulip, per­formed by Peter Wil­son at Down­stage in 2013.

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