“this will play virtually anywhere in the world. And indeed it ought to, since the clear unspoken message is one everyone should ‘hear’” – Theatreview
“Gentle child of the forest, with eyes like polished amber”
ORANGUTAN is a story about curiosity and survival. Set in the native rainforest of Borneo, a solitary orangutan is taken on an extraordinary voyage into the unknown.
Created and performed by Alice Canton, the show weaves together the traditions of Balinese masked performance with the vivid images and experiences of her many adventures through Southeast Asia.
This captivating non-verbal show is performed in hand-made mask, accompanied by a rich theatrical score that rapidly unravels the story.
Winner of Equity New Zealand’s Best Show by an Emerging Artist (Auckland Theatre Awards, 2015).
Creator and Perfomer: Alice Canton
Lighting and Set Design: Brad Gledhill
Sound Design: Thomas Press
Dramaturgy: Leon Wadham and Holly Chappell
Tour Lighting Design and Operator: Rachel Marlow
Basement Theatre, Auckland
June 30- July 3, 2015
Basement Theatre Schools Programme, Auckland Tour
July – August, 2016
NZ Herald Online: “The Mourning After: Using humour to rebuild lives”
Theatreview: “Captivating wordless character study deserves to be ‘heard’ worldwide”
Asia New Zealand Foundation: “Bulletin: ORANGUTAN”
What’s Good Blog: “Seen: ORANGUTAN”
Eastern Courier: “Award Winning Orangutan Show Tours Schools“
Check out Alice in the 2016 Basement Schools Programme here:
This study guide contains interviews, insights, learning activities and information inspired by the writing, themes and staging of ORANGUTAN.
“the curiosity and contemplation evoked by the mask and her superb expressive characterisation, effectively transport us into its world.” – Theatreview
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