Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge and Tim Watts from Cicada by Shaun Tan
A NOTE FROM BREC’S CREATIVE LEARNING COORDINATOR
Master WA puppeteers bring Shaun Tan’s picture book to life with an adorable, dutiful cicada puppet who dreams of escaping a workplace where he is overlooked and unappreciated. Exploring themes of belonging, alienation, freedom, prejudice, self-expression and transformation. Cicada is a story of resilience and courage, highlighting the importance of human connections helping us find our place in the world.
FOR SCHOOL YEARS 3 – 7
An Education Kit will be provided including classroom ready Pre-Show and Post-Show activities.
Places and our connection to them • Personal and social capacity
Environment and Urban density • Sustainability
WARNINGS: Haze effects and some flashing lights, low lighting
Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok!
So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office for 17 years.
Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada weaves a dream of escape, keeping his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen…
Will Cicada have the last laugh?
Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life in a stunning puppet show by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers and most exciting emerging artists.
A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an allegory of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves. An enchanting tale for children finding their place in the world.
Adapted from CICADA by Shaun Tan
Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge & Tim Watts
Director – Luke Kerridge
Designer – Tyler Hill
Prop Design Assistant – Amalia Lambert
Composer – Jonathon Jie Hong Yang
Sound Design – Tim Collins
Lighting Design – Chloe Ogilvie
Video Design – Tim Watts
Puppet Construction – Tamara Rewse
Cast – Tamara Creasey & Imanuel Dado
Produced by arrangement with Passion Australia | Highly Spirited Pty Ltd.
Image & Text reproduced with permission from Cicada by Shaun Tan, Hachette Australia, 2018.
ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS
To book your school group please book online or download the Creative Learning program and email it to the BREC Education Office.
BREC Education Office
T: 1300 661 272
* Please note that BREC’s Creative Learning Program is subject to change.