'Dale, a Tasmanian Aboriginal boy living in the bush, and Pete, in urban Hobart, wake up one morning having had the other boy's dreams - shadow dreams of a place not their own. Traditional storytelling blends with digital communication in this astounding children's production.
Staged simultaneously in two theatres hundreds of kilometres apart, the production uses broadband technology to stream live orchestral music and vision between the venues. This world premiere, written by acclaimed playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, is an enchanting story of two Tasmanian boys from different worlds who discover they dream each other's dreams.
Shadow Dreams is an extraordinary collaboration between two of Tasmania's famed arts companies - digital puppet specialists, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with an original score by Australian composer Graeme Koehne. Ideal for children five and over, and their families, the show explores and plays with a better understanding between two different worlds. This adventurous, complex production involves artists filming live sequences as they happen and streaming them in real time to the other venue, effectively creating a single, digital stage.
This is a new and exciting way of storytelling never attempted before and made possible through the National Broadband Network.' (Source: Ten Days on the Island website www.tendaysontheisland.com)
Presented by: Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in association with Ten Days on the Island
Presented as part of Ten Days on the Island, 2013, at The Conservatorium of Music, Hobart (15-17 March 2013), Annexe Theatre, Inveresk, Launceston (15-16 March 2013), and Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie (17 March 2013).
The production took place simultaneously in two spaces (Hobart and either Launceston or Burnie), using broadband to stream live orchestral music and vision between venues.
Director: Frank Newman.
Composer: Graeme Koehne.
Aboriginal Story Consultant: Fiona Hamilton.
Designer: Selena de Carvalho.
Assistant Director: Sam Routledge.
Lighting Designer/Operator: Jason James.
Conductor: Brett Kelly.
Music: featuring members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie.
Production Planning: Andrew MacDonald.
Production/Stage Manager: Louise Gordon.
Stage Manager: Lisa McCready.
Systems Design: Peter Morse.
Audio Operators: Ian Wollstein and Caleb Doherty.
Lighting Operator: Max Ford.
Cast: Kirsty Grierson, Mel King, Elliott Maynard, Nathan Maynard, Kai Raisbeck, and Merinda Sainty.
Aboriginal performer training and mentorship: Sam Routledge and Elliott Maynard.