The Package is an uplifting, soulful journey of magical realism. It addresses the socially-hidden subjects of old-age and death with beauty, humour and great heart. Combining puppetry, physical theatre, animation and mask, it rides an enchanting original score, delivering a rich, wordless experience. The show premieres with live musical accompaniment for Adelaide Fringe 2017.
Revealing a woman's inner journey as she faces death, this poignant, surreal work pitches institutionalisation against memory and the human spirit. Somewhere between a well-loved picture book and a dream, The Package reaches across ages, cultures and language-barriers, straight to the heart.
"Gripping... I couldn't look away"
"I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed... And I'm a bloke!"
"Very moving and contemplative, yet joyous and cheeky"
"Funny, sad and deeply satisfying"
Presented by: The Package Creative Team
The Package Theatre Collective is a team of Alice Springs theatre artists and musicians, featuring Katelnd Griffin, Kristy Schubert, Robbie Hoad, Annie Pfeiffer and Joaquin Hourbeigt. Their skills in physical theatre, puppetry, music and animation combine to craft works of magical realism and wonder.
Griffin, Schubert & Hoad began collaborating in 2014. They devised The Package based on Griffin’s original concept, which was inspired by her experience as a medical intern dealing with the deaths of elderly patients in hospital.
The Package premiered in the Alice Desert Festival 2014, with subsequent seasons in Araluen Theatre in 2015 and Darwin Writers Festival 2016. Adelaide Fringe is the groups’ premiere performance with a live music ensemble, weaving an enchanting original score. A pre-recorded score hot off the press gives the collective the flexibility to tour as a three or six hander. A wordless show, The Package is created to reach audiences of all ages, all around the world.