The White Tree is a school holidays production on at the moment in Wellington’s Circa Theatre. It’s from the puppetry company Little Dog Barking – and it’s the last to be written by Peter Wilson, who died in March of this year.
Peter Wilson was an extraordinary figure in New Zealand puppetry, and especially in theatre for children. He founded and directed Capital E National Theatre for Children, and in 2010 his own company Little Dog Barking.
His reputation was international – he was made a Member of Honour with the Union Internationale de la Marionnette in Bali in recognition of his global services to puppetry and theatre, and his productions won awards in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Asia-Pacific International Puppetry Festival.
Upbeat caught up with long-time friends and colleagues, director Jacqueline Coats and puppeteer Kenny King.
[Music in the interview composed by Liam Reid.]
The White Tree, by Peter Wilson
Director - Jacqueline Coats
Company - Little Dog Barking Theatre
Composer - Liam Reid
Lighting and AV Design - Jason Longstaff
Set and Costume Design - Tolis Papazoglou
Performers - Kenny King, Laurel Mitchell and Jeremy Hunt
10 – 25 July, Circa Two, Wellington
Tues – Sat 10am and 11.30am
Thurs, Fri & Sat 6pm, Sun 4.30pm