|Venue||The Crypt, St Paul's Cathedral|
|The Octagon, Dunedin|
|Times||Sat 18 Mar||11:30am - 12:15pm|
|Sat 18 Mar||1:30pm - 2:15pm|
|Sat 18 Mar||3:30pm - 4:15pm|
|Price||$5.00 - $22.00|
With beautifully handcrafted life-sized puppetry and original live music, Kokako’s Song is a little show with a big heart! Searching for her dog on the outskirts of the city, six year old Angel finds herself lost in the enchanting realm of the forest where she has a delightful encounter with a real live Kokako (or is that really her Granddad dressed up in disguise?). Or perhaps this strange bird with the haunting song and black facemask might actually be a Superhero? A menagerie of critters such as Dusty the Dog, Sylvester the Cat, a Lesser Spotted Kiwi, and a Giant Snail, all play their part in this unfolding adventure, where Angel discovers Superhero powers of her own that she didn’t know she had! This is a magically transformative story about the importance of connecting with Nature and following your heart. Kokako’s Song is the latest offering from Birdlife Productions, a Nelson based theatre project committed to celebrating connectivity between Humankind, Nature and Spirit. Winner of Best Direction for their play Birdlife at the 2015 Nelson Fringe, Birdlife Productions (aka Roger and Bridget Sanders) are a long-standing creative partnership exploring Art, Storytelling and Theatre. Kokako’s Song was enjoyed by over 200 children and adults during a tour of the Tasman region in the July 2016 school holidays. ‘The visual effects are magical, the story is easy to follow and it carries some important messages. My daughter and I enjoyed this intimate piece of theatre where magic really does happen.’ — Karolina Gorton, Nelson Mail, July 2016. This show is pitched for 3 to 7-year-olds but is thoroughly engaging for all ages. Ticket prices have been kept low with the help of a generous grant from Dunedin Fringe.