Finegan Kruckemeyer i(21 works by)
Born: Established: Cork (County),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Finegan Kruckemeyer was born in Cork, Ireland, to a German father and an English mother. He came to Adelaide at the age of eight and attended school at Unley Primary School and Glenunga High School. Kruckemeyer first became involved with theatre groups as a teenager. He started with Unley Youth Theatre and later developed his skills with Independent Theatre and Brink. Kruckemeyer moved to Tasmania in his mid-twenties to pursue his playwrighting career.

Kruckemeyer has described himself as a 'playwright, poet, comedian, teacher, hip-hopper, actor, dancer and even translator'. (Advertiser, 3 February 2007)

Awards for Works

Boats , 2008 single work drama musical theatre children's adventure 'Boats is a story about a man called Jof, told by his friend Nic. The two of them are life-long friends and sailors. They met through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero. It is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure. The play is enacted with puppets, acrobatics and sound effects created on stage with two microphones, one of which goes in water. Nic begins the story by blowing up a balloon and squeaking it into a microphone. He records this and the audience hear this sound played back as a "loop". He then blows into the microphone and loops that too. These two sounds are heard together, creating a strange but alluring effect. Throughout this Nic has been telling us about Jof, who is silently sitting on a chair working with a rope. When Jof stands up he reveals a bird which he has made by tying knots in the rope as Nic talks. The audience then see a bird and realise the sounds that they hear are the sounds of birds and the wind and sea.

'The play begins as the elements come together when the puppeteers lift the bird and fly it through the space. The bird is a gull that flies over Jof throughout his life.

'Boats is a poetic show where you watch the magic created in front of you. It is classic story-telling done up close. Jof and Nic transform the world in front of you using everyday objects that would be found on a boat's galley. Each scene is a unique and highly inventive use of space and puppetry. A boat is made from a piece of bread, and ropes. An island is made from a hat. A circus is made from a jacket. And a storm is made in a teacup.

'Boats is a moving story which ultimately tells the story and adventures of Nic and Jof with a twist at the end which will leave a lump in your throat and a smile on your face.

'Boats has physical theatre, object manipulation, story telling, and of course the wonderful puppetry that has made Terrapin famous locally, nationally and internationally.'

Source: Terrapin website,
Sighted: 25/09/2012
2012 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Presentation for Children
Escape from Peligro Island , 2011 single work drama children's young adult 'Everything was normal on your flight over the ocean…until the plane went down and you crashed on an unknown island! Now there are vampires, time machines and superpowers to deal with, and any decision could mean life or death. The hardest part? It’s the audience who decides! This is choose-your-own-adventure theatre, and with your very own hand held controller, you’ll be steering the play. But think carefully before you make a choice – or you might end up on the island… forever!' Source: (Sighted 19/04/2011).
2012 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children
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