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Nelson Fringe: The Boy with Wings


Thu 20 Aug 2020, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (pay what you can A): $14.83 ($13.00 + $1.83 fees)
  • Adult (pay what you can B): $19.95 ($18.00 + $1.95 fees)
  • Adult (pay what you can C): $27.12 ($25.00 + $2.12 fees)
  • Children (under 13yrs): $11.75 ($10.00 + $1.75 fees)
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As autumn closes in, the Kuaka/Bar-tailed Godwits take flight beginning their long
migration from New Zealand to Alaska, striving to live out their life cycle to its fullest.
The success of this mission relies on gritty determination and their trust in some kind
of ‘inner map’ that guides them to their ‘treasure’ – the northern breeding grounds
that assure them of continued life. This process is nothing short of a miracle and
watching them take to the sky in awe is Jack-the-Everyman! As he sets out on a
journey of his own to seek his ‘treasure’, he looks up to the sky and makes a quiet
wish that he will be able to find his own wings.
Two parallel stories are told; a present-day lecture on the miracle of Godwit
migration, and a fable that follows Jack’s adventure to save his ancestral orchard.

Fresh from the John Bolton theatre school, Birdlife Productions presents this ‘work in
progress’ showing in its developmental stage. Experimenting with puppetry, original
songs and projection, they combine traditional storytelling with contemporary
theatre forms. This story asks the question - how do we live our fullest, most
connected lives amongst the chaos and uncertainty of the world we have created for
ourselves? How do we find our own wings? Suitable for ages 5 to 95! Thanks to
Creative NZ for funding to create this show.

Short Blurb:
Two parallel tales are told: one about the miracle of Godwit migration, the other - the fable of young Jack who goes on an adventure to save his ancestral orchard. Both stories ask the question: How do we live our fullest lives amid the uncertainties of life – how do we find our own wings? Puppetry and Live music for ages 5 to 95, by Birdlife Productions