“I am tougher than old shoes, more magnanimous than God, crueller than Pol Pot, more charged than Ali. I have been doubted, denied and passed by. Come dawn I’ll rise again, refreshed but aged, ready but weary, committed but confused. At sea … I hope I don’t drown.”
You are cordially invited to join the Ashwell Family for a special Celebration.
A good night. A fable. A portent. A bedtime poem for our time.
Where: A house. An island … manicured. A tree, a tower, a cenotaph, well, sort of … it’s not quite finished yet …
Inspired by the dark children’s books of Maurice Sendak and Shaun Tan, this original work is a tale for grown-ups born into the great century of unravelling. A tale for those feeling the symptoms of a world gone febrile, our dreams ignored, our anxiety made spectacle and our loneliness kept private.
A tale for the overwhelmed who remain overwhelmed.
Devised byToi Whakaari MTA graduate and senior tutor Aaron Cortesi (Tom Keeper Passes, Sydney Bridge Upside Down), Toi director Christian Penny (Caucasian Chalk Circle, Penumbra), Jonathan Price (Wheeler’s Luck, Don Juan), Toi graduate Paddy Carroll (The Book of Everything, Layman) and the Toi Whakaari Year 2 Actors.
Final realised production practice by design student Ivo Deliyski & management students Brynne Tasker-Poland & Zosia Lis.
Staging, production & costumes by students from Year 2 Costume, and Year 1 & 2 Entertainment Technology & Management.