Dublin Theatre Festival

Ronnie Burkett's Theatre of Marionettes

Tinka's New Dress

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett

Venue Coláiste Mhuire

Music by Cathy Nosaty
Lighting Design by Brian Kerby

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A tale of extraordinary courage told with extraordinary originality, Tinka's New Dress is a fable inspired by the illegal underground puppet shows performed by Czech puppeteers during the Nazi occupation of their homeland. The play's characters are represented by 37 breathtaking marionettes crafted and manipulated in a stunning tour de force by Canada's master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett.

Witty, passionate and masterful, Tinka's New Dress takes audiences on a unique theatrical journey which dazzles the imagination even as it touches the emotions.

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was established in 1986. Previous productions include the the commedia dell'arte musical Fool's Edge; the operetta Virtue Falls; The Punch Club, a contemporary examination of Punch and Judy.; the epic thriller Awful Manors; Old Friends (1998 Chalmers Canadian Play Award); and the prairie gothic, Street of Blood, which premiered last season. Tinka's New dress has garnered numerous awards in the Canadian theatre, including Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Ronnie Burkett in the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, the first ever such award received by a puppeteer. Canada's foremost artist in puppet theatre, Burkett has been credited with creating some of the world's most elaborate and provocative puppetry. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes has stimulated an unprecedented adult audience for puppet theatre and continuously performs to great critical and public acclaim on Canada's major stages and as a guest company at international theatre festivals.

Tinka's New Dress: The Story
Frustrated with the totalitarian regime of "The Common Good" Carl, an idealistic young puppeteer, discovers a new community in an outlawed cabaret and, with the help of his sister Inka, prepares his own subversive puppet show based on his aged mentor's "Franz and Schnitzel" characters. When Carl's outspoken voice begins to be heard through his puppets, he and Trinka are forced to move into the ghetto of social outcasts. In glaring contrast, his rival Flipsi uses her own version of of these puppets to dispense official government policy. As "The Common Good" attempts to crush resistance, an odd trio of survivors find hope and renewed purpose with which to fight on.

"From the stunning intricacy of his hand-crafted marionettes to the dazzling virtuosity of his one-man performance, Ronnie Burkett brings an astonishing level of artistry to a genre of theatre you barely knew existed." - Calgary Downtown


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