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THE HARBINGER

An old man hides away in a dusty old bookshop, forgotten and alone with only a handful of beautiful memories as comfort. Gone are the days of magnificent apple orchards, rowboats on crystal streams and picnics under the moon. Gone is the woman he loves.

Throughout the long years of his life, the old man has watched the magic in the world disappear and his crowded city sink into misery. Haunted by painful memories of a much happier time and place, he toils away long days to forget. But when a young girl arrives, desperate for protection, the old man is forced to relive the pain and pleasures of his own past and uncovers a chance to change the city forever…

This enchanting adult fairytale by Queensland's inimitable Dead Puppet Society creates a richly magical world where the lines between reality and make-believe fall away. Written and directed by David Morton (The Timely Death of Victor Blott) and Matthew Ryan (boy girl wall), The Harbinger will clear your mind and bring to life your most fantastical dreams.

  • puppetry, fantasy, drama
  • 0
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+, 3 to 8, 8 to 12, 12 to 16, 16 to 18
  • young adult, adult, all ages
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REVIEW: THE HARBINGER

BRENT DOWNES, THEATRE PEOPLE, 17 AUGUST 2012

"This work astounds with its simplicity, its mastery and display of technical prowess."

REVIEW: THE HARBINGER | DEAD PUPPET SOCIETY

KELLI ROGERS, AUSTRALIAN STAGE, 18 AUGUST 2012

"The Harbinger by Dead Puppet Society is a macabre and deeply moving piece of visual theatre. It is a fascinating and tightly woven story that uses the sensibilities of traditional fairytale and puppetry to capture the audience's hearts."

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