november 2017 | Volume 161
The Cultch presents the world premiere of
THE DAISY THEATRE PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes (Toronto)
WHEN: December 5 - 22, 2017
Dec 5, 8 PM: OPENING NIGHT
Dec 6-10, 12-17 &18-22, 8 PM
WHERE: HISTORIC THEATRE
1895 Venables St.
TICKETS: Tickets from $22. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.
ADDED VALUE: Book tickets for one of the TALKBACK performances and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with Ronnie Burkett: Dec 6, 12 & 19 at 8 PM.
World-renowned puppeteer Ronnie Burkett returns to The Cultch
with the premiere of Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre!
In Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, in this Burkett-esque retelling of the Dickens classic. As always with an improvised Daisy show, there is no set script, and in the journey of Esmé Scrooge toward redemption, she encounters all the Daisy favourites portraying Dickens’ familiar characters. In keeping with the vaudeville show theme of The Daisy Theatre, popular Christmas songs will feature in a burlesque opening, sultry jazz solos, and the merriment of Fezziwig’s party. A raucous, adults-only holiday treat, Little Dickens holds true to the heart of A Christmas Carol by featuring The Daisy Theatre’s most iconic and beloved character, Schnitzel, as Tiny Tim in a special premiere event created for The Cultch.
“Ronnie Burkett’s creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination” — The Guardian (UK)
“One of the geniuses of the world…seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatre going”— The Village Voice (NY)
ABOUT RONNIE BURKETT
Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of 14. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad. Ronnie received the prestigious 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, The Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award, and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.
ABOUT THE CULTCH
Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.
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