“My Darling Patricia has created a masterpiece of puppet theatre that will make you weep”. The Age
Africa is inspired by the true story of three children from Hannover, Germany who tried to elope to Africa ,on their own and in the middle of the European winter. In My Darling Patricia’s production, this whimsical story of the unfettered imagination of young children is placed within a suburban Australian context of child neglect.
"Where we see poverty and filth the children find giraffes, flamingos and leopards, and as the two worlds ultimately meet we are reminded of the heartbreaking resilience of a child’s optimism. “It’s a stunning work.. . Realised with an admirable skill”. The Age, Melbourne, Australia
A Malthouse Theatre Commission
Created, Designed and Performed by My Darling Patricia
Concept Sam Routledge. Writer/Director Halcyon Macleod . Design Clare Britton and Bridget Dolan Composer and Sound Designer Declan Kelly . Puppets Bryony Anderson. Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw . Stage Manager Darren Kowacki . Props and Set Dressing Tim Varga-McGaw
Outside Eyes Maryanne Lynch & Chris Ryan
Tower Theatre, 12 November – 29 November, 2009, Presented by Malthouse Theatre.
Africa toured nationally in 2011 with Mobile States.
Photos of Season at Malthouse Theatre, 2009. Photographer Jeff Busby