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Nan and Tuna: A Puppet Show

Nan and Tuna: A Puppet Show

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  • Sat 4 Mar ’17, 11:00am – 11:45am


Centre City Plaza, 132 High Street, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Nan and Tuna have been friends for 70 years and now it is time for one last adventure together.

A puppet show about eels, rivers and unusual friendships.

A free puppet show for the whole family. This is part of the Common Ground Public Art Festival and part of the "Terrific Tuna Project" a week of eel puppet making culminating in an eel parade in Lower Hutt.

Brought to you by String Bean Puppets with support from Hutt Creative Communities.
Here is a review of the show when it was performed at the Wellington Fringe Festival by Pantographic Punch.

Free family friendly puppet show.

Nan and Tuna the eel have a friendship that’s lasted seventy years. There’s a melancholic air to their relationship, though; it’s now time for Nan to go on her final adventure, leaving the river without a protector.

Puppeteer Anna Bailey’s passion for the environment rings loud and powerful. She doesn’t pander to or lecture her young audience. Instead, she communicates in a purer, more satisfying way, telling a heartfelt story about friendship and the joys and responsibilities that come with it.

Bailey’s puppetry is sophisticated, using beautifully made puppets to create consistently striking images that more than holding the interest of the children in the audience. At its best, like when Nan and Tuna swim out into the audience for her final ride, Nan and Tuna is an arresting visual poem. - ML


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