Duck, Death and the Tulip

"Duck, Death and the Tulip is a children’s play for all ages, taking Wolf Erlbruch’s book as a starting point but emphasising the joys and value of life itself as well as the book’s themes of death and the afterlife. Beautifully adapted for the stage, the changes made to the tale have only enriched the original text and its messages, in yet another delightful offering from Barking Gecko. 4.5 out of 5 stars."
Nerida Dickinson, Artshub

"Director John Sheedy has adapted this deceptively simple book into an enchanting work of theatre.  It gripped its young audience with both its comedy and its sadness."
Alison Croggon, ABC Arts

 

By Wolf Erlbruch

Adapted and Directed for the Stage by John Sheedy

Adapted from the picture book by award winning German illustrator and author, Wolf Erlbruch, Duck, Death and the Tulip offers a thoughtful, tender and intriguing perspective on a sensitive subject not often explored in children's theatre.

In a strangely heart-warming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death...

Barking Gecko's stunning adaptation features a live orchestra composing an original score bringing to life the story of Duck, Death and the Tulip in an elegant, straightforward and, above all, life-affirming way.

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"Who are you? Why are you creeping along behind me?"
"Good. You've finally noticed me", said Death.
"I am Death."
Duck was scared stiff. You could hardly blame her for that.
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Director John Sheedy
Set and Costume Designer Alicia Clements
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve
Video Designer Chris More
Musical Director Tristen Parr

with George Shevtsov and Ella Hetherington
Live score by Tristen Parr, Christopher de Groot and Callum Moncrieff. String parts by Tristen Parr with Rachael Aquilina and Aaron Wyatt

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A Perth International Arts Festival Event



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Duck, Death and the Tulip 8 Feb - 16 Feb
Suitable for 5+
Duration 50 minutes no interval