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WEDNESDAY 6 / THURSDAY 7 JULY | KERIKERI CBD

SHADOW WORLDS | Matariki Shadow Puppet Plays performed in Kerikeri Shop Windows

THURSDAY 7 JULY | TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

MAGIC IN THE BUSH WORKSHOP | Make and take home your own mini Puppet Theatre!

FRIDAY 8 JULY | TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

THE MAGICAL MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE | An Enchanting Play made for ages 3 – 100

KYLIE & FRIENDS PUPPET POWER | Learn how to harness the power of puppets!

SAT 9 JULY | TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

POETRY BY MONSTERS | A play by Company of Giants & Soju Shots packed with imagination

THE MAGNIFICENT WORLD OF MORPH | Tour our interactive world of puppets!

HIPSTAMATICS | Live funk fusion delivered with impeccable style

SUN 10 JULY | TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

COMPANY OF GIANTS WORKSHOPS | Come and learn how to make puppets and devise imaginative theatre with the best! Inspired by the enchanting art of Soju Shots.


SHADOW WORLDS

WED 6th & THU 7th July in CENTRAL KERIKERI

Ten Tales of Matariki in Ten Shop Windows on a Starlit Winter’s Eve

As part of the MORPH PUPPET FESTIVAL and MATARIKI (Pewhairangi – Bay of Islands), we’ll be taking over the centre of Kerikeri after dark to entertain our community with enchanting stories of Matariki, told in magical Shadow Puppet scenes.

To help us, we have schools and groups from the area creating and performing the Shadow Puppet theatres, set to the beautiful Spark audio series, 0800MATARIKI.

This event is FREE but registration is essential through iTicket.

Shadow Worlds is made possible with sponsorship from Spark, Creative Communities and The Magic Play House, and will kick off five-days of fun at the Morph Puppet Festival.


MAGIC IN THE BUSH WORKSHOP

THU July 7th at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

Make and take home your very own mini Puppet Theatre! With all the materials and guidance  provided, this two-hour workshop is an entertaining, creative activity perfect for any age and, with your very own mini puppet theatre made to take away, the fun can continue at home.


THE MAGICAL MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE

FRI July 8th at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

What magical adventures await Oliver and Arlo as they explore their backyard under the light of the silvery moon? Do you know what the night creatures of the garden get up to as the clock strikes midnight?

Join KERIKERI YOUTH THEATRE as they bring to life an original tale inspired by the beloved New Zealand picture book Oliver in the Garden.

This beautiful show has been designed with children aged 3-7 in mind but is a magical experience for audiences of all ages.


PUPPET POWER

FRI July 8th at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

Learn how to harness the power of puppets in this interesting workshop and talk by puppeteer and puppet-maker, Kylie Penn from The Magic Play House, and her puppeteer friends. Puppets inspire trust, stimulate imagination, encourage creative play and aid discovery, and can be used in so many ways in a learning situation.

Come and find out more, and learn how to make your puppet come to life with Kylie’s help.


POETRY BY MONSTERS

SAT 9th July at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

Wild and wonderful, hairy and confused: a yellow Scribble Monster and a giant eating jam! Welcome to the living forest, where the trees breathe and the pond speaks; where a crow sings, a frog croaks, a firefly sneezes and the Swamp Creature is throwing his toys.

But listen! Something is happening…Something comes!

Grab a blanket, make a fire, make a friend, light the lights, find the crown, face the end! Join a mad, wild, lonely, happy, sad bunch of clown monsters on a quest to save the forest and the sky. The Little Dragon, the Bear, the love sick Robot, the Blanket Monster (the last of its kind) and the Fierce Floof..…

They will need your help!

 A theatrical experience with Company of Giants and Soju Shots, recommended for ages 5-100


THE MAGNIFICENT WORLD OF MORPH!

SAT 9th July at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

Tour our huge collection of puppets, let your imagination go wild in our interactive areas, make something cool at one of the puppet craft workshops, take advantage of our one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, and graduate as a Morph Puppet Master. Bring the whanau to enjoy an entertaining exploration of our Morph World Tour. Something for everyone, in a place where age is just a number!


HIPSTAMATICS

SAT 9th July at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

Live funk fusion delivered with impeccable taste! Save the date… It’s time to party, shake off our worries and have some fun! Dance the night away with this talented band of stylish musicians playing their groovy originals and covers, and help us celebrate MORPH PUPPET FESTIVAL to the max.

(And yes, there may well be some funky dancing puppets on the guest list too 😉)


COMPANY OF GIANTS WORKSHOPS

SUN 10th July at THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI

WORKSHOP 1: MAKING MONSTERS

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Ages 5+ (Parental Supervision required for 8 years and under)
Come along and make some monsters! Using everyday objects, recycled materials and op shop gems, we’ll use the evocative works of Soju Shots to inspire a new tribe of creatures created by you! 


WORKSHOP 2: BUILDING ROBOTS WITH COMPANY OF GIANTS

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Ages 5+ (Parental Supervision required for 8 years and under)

Ever wanted to build a robot? This will be a hands-on workshop where we’ll use a pile of everyday things to make one of our favourite characters from the magical world of Soju Shot’s come to life! Small robots, tall robots, slow robots and quick – come along and explore with us what these curious creatures get up to when nobody’s looking!


WORKSHOP 3: THE ART OF DEVISING THEATRE

Time: 10.00pm – 2.30pm
Ages 16+

This workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning about theatre-making and performance for the stage.

Company of Giants is a professional Whangarei-based theatre collective, forever increasing in size and scope. We make vibrant, original theatre that celebrates, excites and challenges the artists and audience. Forever curious about the world around us, we use experience, research and everyday objects to tell stories – stories that are full of magic, poetry and misunderstood monsters.

Come along and get acquainted with some practical devising tools as we share how we go about investigating and building a piece of work by retracing our steps in this latest collaboration with Soju Shots. This will be a hands-on workshop where we explore creative processes and devising practices with objects, images and ideas. 


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