Renowned creator of the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes to feature outrageous spontaneous storytelling and bring back fan favourite characters in new show for a hometown audience.
Unlike many of Ronnie’s other productions, The Daisy Theatre operates with no set script, no set run time, and no set cast – meaning no two nights are the same and each audience will impact the tone, length, and direction of the show.
Since its premiere at the 2013 Luminato Festival, this unique performance event has played to thousands, with audiences and critics alike falling in love with the ridiculous, tender, outrageous antics of Daisy Theatre favorites Esme Massengill, Mrs. Edna Rural and beloved fairy child Schnitzel. Variety numbers parody theatrical genres from opera, music hall, Las Vegas, French cabaret and vaudeville with characters such as lounge singer Rosemary Focaccia, marionette ventriloquist Meyer Lemon, chanteuse Jolie Jolie, and the filthiest lesser royal ever to hit the stage.
The name “The Daisy Theatre” comes from the illegal, underground performances by puppeteers during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Through allegorical tales with treasured characters, these daring performances spoke to the beleagured Czech audiences. Eventually, over 100 Czech puppet theatre workers were sent to their deaths in the concentration camps.
“The Daisy will go on forever—in and amongst all my other work, I’m just going to do the Daisy ‘til I die,” said Ronnie.
About Ronnie Burkett
Celebrated as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Ronnie Burkett founded his Theatre of Marionettes in 1986 and has produced some of the world’s most evocative and elaborate puppetry, garnering him a Village Voice OBIE Award and the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. His productions include Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy, Ten Days on Earth, Provenance, and the acclaimed “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood and Happy. Burkett’s work has been described as “profoundly eerie, strange and strangely beautiful” and “more camp than a boy scout’s tent”.
Who is it for?
Tickets : $19 – 53.33
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
March 21, 2017 | 8PM: Opening Night
March 22 – 26, 28 – 31 & April 1 – 2, 4 – 9, 2017 | 8PM
Run Time: 90 – 120 minutes
Venue & Address :
Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Paid Parking/Street Parking