Sunday 16th April
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Tickets $10 – $40 Here
Using puppetry, songs, storytelling, and exquisite hand-crafted sets that magically unfold out of boxes, award-winning theatre company ‘Birdlife Productions’ promise laughter, tears and thrilling adventure when a young man’s epic journey unites with the miracle of Kuaka/Bar-tailed Godwit migration. In this high-tech fast-paced digital world, ‘The Boy with Wings’ offers families a counter to ‘screen time’ that allows space in ‘real-time’ for children to watch, listen and reflect. Melded with a real-time ornithological lecture, this is a comic, touching, and environmental story using the ageless wonder of puppetry that dares us all to follow our dreams!
Designed specifically for children ages 5 to 9 years, but loved by all ages! Originally Directed by Dan Allan.
“We gave it 1,000 out of 1,000!!!!” – Karen ward, South New Brighton School
Birdlife Productions Theatre as Producer & Creative Director as well as performing & touring their children’s puppet shows around NZ & Europe. Bridget established a career as a Visual Artist for 20+ years while being a Librarian in Nelson. After becoming involved in the Body In Space’ Theatre Coy in 2012 as a ‘maker’ & set designer, she grew a thirst for knowledge about performing & creating theatre. Her passion lies in taking high quality work out to NZ children to enrich their lives & inspire the creative artists of the future.
Recent professional development includes 3 months training with J. Bolton at The John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne in 2019, an online ‘Bringing Puppets to life’ course with Sandglass Theatre (USA), an online ‘Puppetry for Film’ course through Little Angel Theatre (UK) & online ‘Suitcase Puppet Theatre’ with Judith Hope Puppet maker (UK). Shows: Birdlife 2016, Kōkako’s Song 2017, Kōtuku & Moon Child 2018, Box of Birds 2019 & The Boy with Wings 2020.
Birdlife Productions B.A Art History, UK, 1984.
Storyteller, Actor, Musician, Puppeteer & Improviser 30+ years’ experience as a performer & creator of theatre. 1995, Founding member of the UK Storytelling
and Music Troupe ‘The Firebird’s Feather’. 2010, Body In Space Theatre Coy NZ.
2017, of ‘Peoples Republic of Improv’ Nelson’s Improvisation Troupe. 2016–18, Stage Manager, Nelson Fringe Festival Since 2011, Roger has collaborated with Japanese Master Puppeteer, Akiko Myamoto & trained extensively in Physical Theatre & Improvisation.
Performance highlights include the solo show The End of the golden Weather 2009, Philias Fogg Around the World in 80 Days, 2013, Oberon and Theseus A Midsummer Nights Dream, 2017 and solo show The Magnificent Man in the Moon Nelson Fringe Fest, 2017. Roger teaches popular afterschool drama classes for children, performs regularly as a Storyteller and Improvisor.
“It’s a gem of a puppet show! The set is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The Sanders know how to construct beautiful worlds from your everyday cardboard box’ – Ines Maria Almeida, Theatreview, March 2021