The Man Who Planted Trees

The Puppet State Theatre - Scotland

27 Sept - 13 Oct 2018
Penang, Johor Bahru & Petaling Jaya

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Aliens Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

13 November - 3 December
Petaling Jaya

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Puppy State Theatre Company

The Man Who Planted Trees 

Based on Jean Giono’s story of Elzéard Bouffier, a shepherd who one day begins to transform the desolate area in which he lives by single-handedly planting thousands of trees.  Full of comedy, of which the main perpetrator is Dog, an exceptionally cute puppet who clearly has a career awaiting him on the comedy circuit if he can ever get away from ‘the man who always seems to be behind him'.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Performances

DATES
KomTAR - Penang 27-29 September
Ipoh -
Publika - Kuala Lumpur 2-4 October
JOTIC - Johor Bahru 5-6 October
PJLA - Petaling Jaya 8-13 October  

VENUE INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES
VIP - RM75
Economy - RM60

Family Packages RM280
Earlybird Family Packages RM250
(EarlyBird ends 31st August, 2018)

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WEEK ONE - KomTAR, Penang
Thursday, 27th September (Penang) 10am
Friday, 28th September (Penang) 10am
Saturday, 29th September (Penang) 3pm
Sunday, 30th September - NO SHOW

WEEK TWO - Kuala Lumpur & Johor Bahru
Tuesday, 2nd October (PJ) 10am
Wednesday, 3rd October (PJ) 10am
Thursday, 4th October (PJ) 10am
Friday, 5th October (JB) 10am
Saturday, 6th October (JB) 3pm
Saturday, 6th October (JB) 6pm
Sunday, 7th October - NO SHOW

WEEK THREE - Petaling Jaya
Monday, 8th October - 10am
Tuesday, 9th October - 10am
Wednesday, 10th October - 10am
Thursday, 11th October - 10am  
Friday, 12th October - 10am
Saturday, 13th October - 3pm
Saturday, 13th October - 6pm 

Meet the people who make this company great!

Puppet State Theatre Company

Richard Medrington

Richard Medrington

Man, Story Teller, et al

Richard Medrington is a puppeteer, performance poet, writer and comes and goes in other fields as well.

He is Artistic Director of Puppet State Theatre Company – www.puppetstate.com
and has been touring The Man Who Planted Trees for over ten years!

Rick Conte

Rick Conte

Dog

 

Why do you think puppetry is so fascinating?

There’s something weird about puppets that are somewhere  between being alive and being dead, and that freaks people out. I think it’s Stanislavski who says the best actor in the world can be on stage but if a cat walks behind him, everybody looks at the  cat, because it’s real.

Elspeth Murray

Elspeth Murray

 Producer, Tech-of-all-Trades

Elspeth Murray is a poet with a strong record of collaborative work in education, health, business and the performing arts. She is a keen live sketcher and has begun performing poetry – even the serious ones – using animal puppets. Since 2006 she has toured with Puppet State Theatre Company as their Company Manager.

Zebras

Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Ltd.

Aliens Love Underpants 

13 November - 3 December 2018
"Aliens love underpants, in every shape and size;
But there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise...."
This zany, hilarious tale by award-winning children's author Claire  Freedman is delightfully brought to life on stage! With stunning  effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!),  this fantastically fresh and funny West End production will delight the  whole family. You'll laugh your pants off!
Parental Advisory: 3 years and above. 

REVIEWS

LONDON & NEW YORK

Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

- The Guardian, London

Aliens Love Underpants review – one hour of pure, unadulterated silliness 

 Leicester Square Theatre, London  
An adaptation of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's popular picture book  is like children's TV in theatre form: colourful, loud, energetic and  absurdly upbeat!

THE GUARDIAN  

Aliens Love Underpants 

Aliens Love Underpants 

Broadway Baby

The colourful production design,  imaginative set and classy special effects were all fantastic, as were  the lovely detailed puppets that brought the aliens to life. Children of  all ages will lap this up. The cast are all uniformly excellent,  creating the right energy and bouncing off each other effortlessly. 

BROADWAY BABY

Aliens Love Underpants 

Aliens Love Underpants 

- Mummy Endeavours

The show was lovely. It wasn’t very  long, about an hour in total with no interval and at no point did it  drag or did the kids become restless. In fact, they LOVED it! They were  hypnotised from the start. The story was a vision of  colour and happiness!! I would definitely recommend everyone go and see it if you can.

MUMMY ENDEAVOURS REVIEW

Performances

Aliens Love Underpants 

WEEK ONE

Tuesday, 13th November - 10am
Wednesday, 14th November - 9:30am
Thursday, 15th November - 10am
Friday, 16th November - 10am
Saturday, 17th November - NO SHOW
Sunday, 18th November - 2pm
Sunday, 18th November - 5pm

WEEK TWO
Monday, 19th November - 10am
Tuesday, 20th November - 11am
Wednesday, 21st November - 9:30am
Thursday, 22nd November - 10am
Friday, 23rd November - 10am
Saturday, 24th November - NO SHOW
Sunday, 25th November - 2pm
                 Relaxed Performance

WEEK THREE
Monday, 26th November - 10am
Tuesday, 27th November - 10am
Wednesday, 28th November - 9:30am
Thursday, 29th November - 10am  
Friday, 30th November - 10am
Saturday, 1st December - NO SHOW  
Sunday, 2nd December - 2pm  
Sunday, 2nd December - 5pm  

WEEK FOUR
Monday, 3rd November - 10am 

VENUES

KomTAR

KomTAR

Penang

Auditorium A
Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak
10000 George Town
Pulau Pinang  

WAZE

Publika

Publika

Kuala Lumpur

MAPKL @ Publika
Black Box
Level G2-01, Block A5, #1
Jalan Dutamas 1
Solaris Dutamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Located In Publika @ Solaris

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JOTIC

JOTIC

Johor Bahru

Johor Tourist Information Centre
Wisma Jotic
2, Jalan Ayer Molek
Bandar Johor Bahru
80000 Johor Bahru

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PJ LIVE ARTS

PJ LIVE ARTS

Petaling Jaya

PJ Live Arts
Block F - Level 1
72A Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya

WAZE
JAYA ONE WEBSITE

Sunday, 25th November 

Relaxed Performance

Open to everyone, but specifically adapted for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory/communications disorders. It is also ideal for very young children experiencing their first theatre show. This type of performance - although with exactly the same content and length as a regular performance - aims to provide a more relaxed and supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety.

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Gardner & Wife Theatre

Season 2017

Executive Director: Diong Chae Lian
Artistic Director: Richard Harding Gardner
Producer: Natalie Chong
Graphic Artist:  Predrag Milosevic
Website: Envato Sites

Gardner & Wife Theatre is Malaysia's busiest arts presenter of international theatre and family-friendly performances. 

Operating without sponsorship, we have reached several hundred thousand Malaysians and their families during our seventeen-year history

Every show we present in Malaysia is subjected to three simple questions: will it bring new audiences to the theatre, will they enjoy themselves, and will they come back?!

For more on our past shows - here!

Season 2017

Artistic Director

Richard Harding Gardner

Richard started his working life in theatre in London, Madrid, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Houston and Los Angeles. Here in Malaysia, he has directed the stage productions of the Alan Ayckbourn's RELATIVELY SPEAKING, the comedy-with-music SOUVENIR, the interactive comedy whodunit SHEAR MADNESS, the musical comedies NUNSENSE and A  FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, as well as adapting and directing CHARLEY'S AUNTIE! Richard trained as an actor at Webber Douglas, London, and was educated in the U.S. with a degree in Philosophy from UCLA, Los Angeles. 

Richard Harding Gardner

Executive Director

Chae Lian

Chae Lian initially trained as a performer, receiving her Honours degree in Drama (Acting) from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Returning to Malaysia, she co-founded Gardner & Wife Theatre with Richard in 2001 and the company is now Malaysia's leading presenter for family theatre. In 2006, Chae Lian became the first South-East Asian Fellow in Arts Management at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC, the national cultural institution of the United States of America. Since 2013, she has also managed PJ Live Arts, Selangor's first independent theatre facility.

Chae Lian

General Manager

Natalie Chong

Natalie Chong joined Gardner & Wife Theatre in 2006 as Media Manager. As the role of traditional media in theatre marketing evolved, Natalie broadened her scope of work until she became General Manager and is responsible for the office administration, marketing and production coordination. Every August she travels to see even more children's theatre – so far visiting London, Edinburgh, Wales, Belfast, Amsterdam, New York, Washington DC, Florida and Paris! 

Natalie Chong